Adhesive Pillar Based Air Levitation System for Contactless Manipulation of Fine Objects

Türkmen D. , Koç İ. M. , Sumer B.

Conference on EUROSENSORS, Freiburg, Almanya, 6 - 09 Eylül 2015, cilt.120, ss.1124-1127 identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Bildiri / Tam Metin Bildiri
  • Cilt numarası: 120
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.proeng.2015.08.810
  • Basıldığı Şehir: Freiburg
  • Basıldığı Ülke: Almanya
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1124-1127


This paper introduces the characterization study of a new actuator design -"Adhesive Pillar Based Air Levitation" (APAL) system-to manipulate fine objects in a non-destructive manner. A meso-scale polymer adhesive pillar array manages to gently contact the fine surfaces and moreover adapt variable interface geometries. Air flow, which is fed through the nozzles located across the backing layer of the pillars, levitates the target object located on the top of the pillars and ensures its contactless manipulation. Proposed approach is feasible to be used in conveying, positioning and pick/place operations of fragile objects. (C) 2015 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license.