The application of robotics is extremely diverse; from industrial automation, pharmaceutical production to education and research. Distrelec is a key supplier of a wide-range of products for commissioning robotic systems from cabling/connectors, safety systems and components required for robotics research and education.


Sensors

Sensors form the eyes and ears of the robot allowing it to understand the environment around it; from safety related systems that detect when humans or other objects approach the working envelope of the robot, to sensors built into the robot that provide positioning information or even touch in the form of pressure sensors.


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Actuators

Actuators provide the robot’s mobility and allow the robot to interact with its environment. Actuators also require control systems to interface with the robot’s computer. Distrelec provide actuator solutions including diverse actuators and motors as well as the required electronic control boards.


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Cables and connectors

Cables and connectors for robotics present unique challenges. Cables and connectors must be both robust and flexible at the same time. In harsh industrial environments the connectors and cables must withstand heat, dust and other debris. Cables and connectors are needed to handle power, sensor data and computer communication.


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Computers and interfaces

Single board computers and PLCs such as the Raspberry Pi and Arduino and interfaces such as CAN bus, DeviceNet, RS232/485, Ethernet and EtherCAT - Distrelec can support you with both ready-made solutions and the individual active and passive components required for custom solutions.


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Environment and HMI

Environment management ensures both the safety of the robotic system and the safety of the personnel working in close proximity to the robot and includes fenceless cage solutions using light curtains to the more common emergency buttons that allow operators to quickly shutdown the robot if anything goes amiss during normal operation. Distrelec also provide components for human-machine interfaces including industrial displays, indicator lights and panel switches.


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Kits

If you are looking to build your first robot, interested in learning about robotic systems or tasked to provide robotic learning environments for education, Distrelec has a kit to suit your purposes. We stock consumer-grade robotic kits and add-on sensors that provide a low-cost entry into this exciting field.


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