Pneumatic Contactless Microfeeder, Design Optimisation and Experimental Validation

  • Michele Turitto
  • Carsten Tietje
  • Svetan Ratchev
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP — International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 260)


A novel contactless pneumatic microfeeder based on distributed manipulation is proposed. The part to be conveyed floats over an air cushion and is moved to the desired location with the desired orientation by means of the coordinated action of dynamically programmable microactuators. The design was optimised by CFD (Computer Fluid Dynamics) simulations. A proof of concept prototype was manufactured to obtain experimental indications that confirmed the soundness of the solution presented.


Experimental Validation Central Element Neutral Position Linear Trajectory Computer Fluid Dynamics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michele Turitto
    • 1
  • Carsten Tietje
    • 1
  • Svetan Ratchev
    • 1
  1. 1.Precision Manufacturing GroupThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUK

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