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Existing Applications of Micro-Robotics Products

Existing Micro-Robotics Applications

Micro-Robotics provides the control intelligence behind a range of products in widely differing fields.
Here are some miniature application stories to give you an idea of what our products are capable of.

You may also like to see our Design Portfolio which shows actual custom boards we have designed and produced.

The Micro-Robotics VM2D has been selected for a new range of swimming pool plant-room controllers. The VM2D provides a colour touchscreen interface showing pH and Chlorine levels and controlling chemical dosing.

Micro-Robotics developed a new general-purpose datalogger for the the British Antarctic Survey, based on our VM2 embedded controller.
The VM2 drives dual redundant memory cards, a satellite modem, GPS module, RS232 ports and a webserver-based user interface. Its low power sleep mode is critical in extending battery life over the Antarctic winter.

The Remonsys Multilog2™ battery operated temperature data logger is built round the Micro-Robotics VM2 controller. It can read up to 24 temperature sensors or door switch sensors, stores up to 24,000 readings, connects to a PC's USB port for automatic data retrieval and battery charging, and can send SMS text alarm messages over a cell phone network. The instrument is used to monitor food and medicine storage for manufacturers, distributors, schools, restaurants, hotels and hospitals.
The British Antarctic Survey has switched to using Micro-Robotics VM2 controllers in a projectile instrument called Javelin, used to measure Antarctic ice-sheet collapse in an effort to predict potential major sea level rises.

Javelins are 'installed' by releasing them from an aircraft. They have been carefully designed to emplace in the snow and ice correctly at a terminal velocity of 120mph.

The VM2 controller reads a GPS module and sends back data over an Iridium (satellite) modem. VM2's low power sleep mode is essential to extend the Javelin's working life.

BBC: Science 'javelins' spear Pine Island Glacier

The British Antarctic Survey has commissioned Micro-Robotics to produce the controller-datalogger for a new instrument to measure ice-sheet thickness. The instrument is based on a new FMCW range-finding radar developed at UCL.

A VM2 controller drives a 16-bit ADC, dual redundant memory cards, a satellite modem and a webserver-based user interface. Its low power sleep mode is critical in extending battery life over the Antarctic winter.

VM2D controllers are used inside a range of small surgical sterilisers. The VM2D provides a full colour touchscreen user interface as well as measurement and control functions.
VM2D Controllers are used inside environmental monitoring equipment that detects refrigerant leaks in supermarkets, again with a colour touchscreen user interface
The VM2 is used to control an infrared laser skin treatment instrument.
VM1 controllers, integrated with mobile phone and satellite positioning modules, are used to track trucks and their trailers to help prevent hijacking of valuable loads.
In several major European cities, the buses and taxis are tracked by VM1 controllers (again, in conjunction with GSM and GPS modules).
The VM1 has been used for automatic testing of over 2,000,000 domestic washing machines. The controller is valued in this application for its price and its reliability in an electrically harsh environment.
Many cranes on North Sea oil and gas platforms use K4S controllers to monitor the kinetic energy in their load so that the operator can always be sure of braking the load before it crashes through the deck.
A Micro-Robotics Scorpion Controller flew on board the Space Shuttle Challenger, carrying out a chemistry experiment in zero gravity.

Application Areas

These are some of the broad areas we've been involved in:
  • Medical instruments
  • Security systems (buildings and vehicles)
  • Public transport
  • Asset tracking (GPS, GPRS)
  • Environmental control (building management)
  • Vending machines
  • Broadcast systems (monitoring and control)
  • Trade launches
  • Leisure (golf courses, swimming pools)
  • Mining and quarrying
  • Light industrial control
  • Testing and quality control
  • Construction industry
  • Offshore installations
  • Submersibles
  • Signs and displays
  • Farming
  • Research
  • Retail (baking, refrigeration)
  • Film and television (animatronics)
  • Power distribution
  • Water companies

Collaborators

Sorion The Sorion Group is a recommended systems integrator for VM controllers. They operate mainly within the automotive manufacturing sector.