One of the benefits of advancing sensor technology is that it becomes more portable, affordable, and usable in more applications. Humatics Corp. this week announced the release of a new microlocation transponder that is 66% smaller than the previous version. The Waltham, Mass.-based company said this enhancement enables new deployment options.
“The reduction in size enables the transponder to easily fit on a human, a robotic arm, a tool, and many other assets that can benefit from location digitization,” said Shawn Henry, CEO of Humatics. “This enables many improvements, including real-time disparate robotic interaction, human and robotic collaboration, tool tracking and other high-value use cases.”
Founded in 2015, Humatics said it is the market leader in highly precise, location-based radio frequency technology. The company produces a rail navigation system and the microlocation system.
Humatics has received investments from industry leaders such as Lockheed Martin Ventures, Johnson Controls, Airbus Ventures, and The Fontinalis Group.
Humatics transponder provides specific positioning
Humatics described its transponder as an electronic “tag” that is attached to a high-value asset. This enables its location to be digitized with a unique identification and streamed many times per second for real-time positioning. This specific positioning data enables localization, navigation, and collaboration of robots, tooling, surgical instruments, and even humans.
The new system enables any control system to receive the precise location of items with the transponders, claimed Humatics. The system is capable of sub-millimeter precision while delivering highly-valuable data regarding the asset's movement including pose, pitch, yaw, speed, etc., the company said.
This data can be used to control assets in real time, digitize human movement for robotic interaction for process improvements, and identify manufacturing issues, among other use cases, said Humatics.
“The end result of leveraging microlocation is an improvement to productivity, quality, and/or operational efficiency to positively impact profitability,” said Ronald Ranaldi, senior vice president of sales and marketing at Humatics. “With the new transponders, organizations can improve their business to further contribute to the bottom line.”