Robotic Motion Simulators
For Professional Training and Research Installations
BEC integrates industrial robots from KUKA in top level simulators for dynamic pilot training, driving simulators and systems for virtual reality research. With more than 10 years of experience in human-in-the-loop applications, BEC guarantees maximum performance while operating at the highest safety level for human robotic real-time interaction.
All BEC motion simualtors are based on commercial six-axes serial robots from KUKA, originally designed for use in industries as manipulator. The use of the robots in motion simulators offers many advantages over standard Stewart platforms with a hexapod motion system, for example higher dexterity, larger motion envelopes, sustained centrifugal accelerations, and the possibility to actually place pilots in extreme orientations (e.g. upside-down).
The first step toward interactive performance of a flight on a robotic arm was taken in 2010 by BEC at the Center for Robotics and Mechatronics of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), where a robot-based motion simulator was mounted on a 10 meter linear axis. Since then advanced technology components and years of software and motion cueing development have been invested in the BEC simulators. Today BEC offers a modular designed system with VR headsets or projection systems in a pod, instrument modules can be easily exchanged, and different aircraft and helicopter simulation systems have been implemented succsesfully.
Ground Vehicle Simulation
The RObot based Driving and Operation Simulator (RODOS ®) can be used for the simulation of various vehicle types, especially commercial focuses on major aspects such as energy efficiency, productivity, durability, and reliability. These aspects have non-stationary characteristic and are acting over long time periods. Thus, it is required that all external inputs acting on the vehicle are considered and properly represented. The external inputs include not only vehicle loads but also direct inputs originated from the human operator.