Adhesive pillar based air levitation system for contactless manipulation of fine objects

Dila Türkmen, Ilker Murat Koc, Bilsay Sümer

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1124-1127
Number of pages4
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event29th European Conference on Solid-State Transducers, EUROSENSORS 2015; Freiburg; Germany; 6 September 2015 through 9 September 2015. - Freiburg, Germany
Duration: 6 Sept 20159 Sept 2015

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  • Air Levitation
  • Non-contact handling
  • Non-destructive manipulation


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