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Halodi Robotics Using Ansys Simulation Software to Develop Humanoid Robots to Safely Work Among People

Halodi Robotics Ansys simulation partnership

Halodi Robotics has announced it is using Ansys simulation software to develop its humanoid robots designed to work among humans in everyday environments. These robots will perform jobs such as patrolling buildings at night, stocking grocery shelves, and executing logistical tasks at hospitals. Humanoid robots can help alleviate the growing labor shortage, and free personnel to focus on tasks requiring high-level skills.

Robots have typically been seen in factories performing repetitive, precise tasks. The most significant difference with humanoid robots is that they are intended to interact with the world like humans do.  Safety is the most important factor for ensuring successful deployment. Halodi Robotics said its engineers used Ansys to develop motors with enough power to lift heavy packages in a warehouse while simultaneously being gentle enough to retrieve a laptop and hand it to a human colleague.

Last spring, Halodi Robotics tested its robot EVE as an assistant to healthcare personnel at Sunnaas Hospital in Norway, executing logistical tasks. The hospital observed that using EVE as an assistant has the potential to free up the approximately 200 hours nurses spend on simple logistics tasks, allowing them to spend more time caring for patients.

“Safety must come first when designing a humanoid robot that will interact with and work among people. Our goal is to engineer a product that is passively safe, making sure that if everything fails, the robot is still harmless,” said Bernt Øivind Børnich, CEO at Halodi Robotics. “Simulating the design of powerful yet safe electric motor systems using Ansys software reduced the development time of our second generation of motors by months.”

Halodi Robotics engineers said it used Ansys Motor-CAD simulation software to develop motors that mimic biological systems, such as human muscles. Synthetic fiber threads connected to actuators are driven by very lightweight, low-speed motors with very high torque. These motors provide the high power and low-energy interactions required by humanoid robots.

For more details on Halodi Robotics, visit its website here. To learn more about Ansys simulation software, visit its website here.


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