Omni directional wheels have lots of applications. In addition to the robotic fields such as junior soccer robots, small size robots and middle size robots, they are used in lots industrial applications. In this article some of these applications are discussed.
Omni directional wheels are invented to put an end to this hypothesis that a wheel can be used to move only in forward and backward directions, since they are enable moving sideways in addition to forward and backward. Its design is such that it has some small rollers around the circumference, which facilitate turning rotational, lateral and diagonal. In other word, Omni directional wheel guarantees a 360 degree movement for a vehicle or robot.
Some of the industrial uses of Omni directional wheels are as follows:
- They can be used in vehicles and instruments with application of handling items. Since these kinds of wheels have large maneuverability and have 360 degrees movement can make handling items so easier quicker and safer.
- Omni wheels can be used as industrial floor wheels since they have a good ride quality and flexibility.
- One of the most attractive applications of the Omni directional wheels is conveyers and load transfers. In order to drive or free spinning loads such as used in airports Omni directional wheels are very useful and efficient, since regardless of weight and size of the items, they provide easier movement in all directions. The full maneuverability brings are a new level of performance for Omni wheels.
- Omni wheels are used in mobile manipulators and industrial robots in order to facilitate the movement and make it more efficient and accurate.