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Autonomous Collaborative Cabin Service Ceiling Robot System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000245243D
Publication Date: 2016-Feb-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 46K

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Abstract

Autonomous Collaborative Cabin Service Ceiling Robot System The purpose of the following idea is to enable a cabin service robot system offering passengers cabin services like serving meal and beverages, bringing goods like blankets or headphones, storing hand luggage, collecting waste, etc. The technical system solution shall be a lightweight collaborative robot with sensory capabilities (designed to collaborate safely with humans), which is moving on a rail system being located in the cabin ceiling.

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Autonomous Collaborative Cabin Service Ceiling Robot System

We have been inspired by discussions about future aircraft cabins with less or no flight attendants and as well by ongoing developments within the field of collaborative robots.

The following solutions are known:

1. Aisle robot: An autonomous service robot moving on the floor of the aisle. Disadvantages:

a. blocks the aisle when humans wants to pass it

b. difficult conjunction with the aircraft structure to dissipate forces and realize robustness e.g. in case of turbulences and

c. needs valuable stowage space when idle

2. Collaborative industrial robot: Designed to collaborate safely with humans.
Disadvantages:

a. No lightweight movable system solution based on rail systems and contactless power available

The purpose of the following idea is to enable a cabin service robot system offering passengers cabin services like serving meal and beverages, bringing goods like blankets or headphones, storing hand luggage, collecting waste, etc.

The technical system solution shall be a lightweight collaborative robot with sensory capabilities (designed to collaborate safely with humans), which is moving on a rail system being located in the cabin ceiling. Major benefits compared to known solutions:

I. robust conjunction with the aircraft structure

II. retraction to the ceiling in case of passing passenger / crew member (doesn't block the aisle) III. "parking box" in the ceiling of the galley zones for idle times (doesn't use valuable stowage in galleys)

Furthermore the full advantage might be given when the system design includes power supply with contactless power systems and data transmission by wireless technologies or via contactless power system.

Potential economic effects:

I. Less (or no) crew staff required

II. Supports company image for disruptive technical solutions (like Fly-by-Wire, A380, etc.)

The following figure shall underline the concept idea for a better understanding of the novel system concept by means of a photomontage.

Figure: Photomontage



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Technical Means

1. Collaborative robot wit...