JR West is developing a multifunctional railway heavy machine “Zero Type Human Machine Version”. A special exhibition will be held at the Kyoto Railway Museum from September 19. The period is until October 2.
Multi-functional heavy machinery for railways is a new type of heavy machinery which combines humanoid general-purpose humanoid heavy machinery robot type 0 with vehicles for railway construction.It is developed for the purpose of improving the productivity and safety.
Heavy machinery built into the truck includes a humanoid robot (upper body) mounted on the end of the crane that can be intuitively controlled from the cockpit with the steering wheel. By increasing versatility, we envision using it for disaster maintenance in addition to normal work.
Working at height mode
Both arms are equipped with unique technology that precisely controls high-efficiency electric actuators, allowing smooth movements such as gripping, turning and twisting, and can generate tens of times more power than humans. On the other hand, it is also possible to gently pinch the egg. Bilateral control technology that sends arm weight and recoil back to the operator feels like you’re connected to the robot, and anyone can operate it in about 15 minutes from the first time. it is a simple operation.
The operator can directly transmit the movement of his hand to the robot, and the feeling of the arm is also returned.
It was also shown how to operate in the cockpit
The operator can easily grasp the XYZ direction by viewing the surrounding images through the VR glasses of the camera on the robot head, and a guide display function is also available.
Robot camera video
During the demonstration, the public could closely see the operation of the multi-functional railway heavy machinery, and the public handed a long and thin sponge-like object to the zero-type human machine, and after putting it received, he was shown moving between left and right hands.
Even if the shape is different, such as soft or thin objects, it can be gripped smoothly.
In response to a visitor’s question, “Why did you make it humanoid?”, I found it easier to use with the same two arms as a human. The camera was also positioned so that it was easy to see the set. , so he turned out to be in human form.
Many questions were asked by the moderators to the participants.
Mr. Shota Machidori from the Department of Human-Machine Integrated Planning and Public Relations, who is developing the robot, also said, “The most difficult thing in the development from the previous version to this version was downsizing. ” “In order to be able to move quickly on the site and work, it was necessary to have a ballast that can be loaded on a truck. We will adjust the durability, waterproofness and safety of the product by doing tests now.” The design is pretty punchy too, but we’re thinking about what to do when it’s actually introduced to the field.
It is said that it was difficult to make it a size that could be loaded on the truck
Nippon Signal brings much-needed safety and operability know-how to commercialization, and JR West aims to introduce it on site in the spring of 2024. As for the labor shortage, which is a problem social, it is said that about 30% of the workers will be able to do it, but the aim is to improve the safety and quality of work, and it seems that they also expect to attract new human resources by introducing new heavy machinery.
Multi-function railway heavy machine “Zero man-machine ver.2.0”
In the special exhibition, demonstrations to see the actual operation up close will take place from September 23 to 25 and October 1 and 2. On September 24, a lecture will be held to explain the background of the development and the technology implemented in the multifunctional railway heavy equipment. For more information on timings and how to participate, please visit the Railway Museum from KyotoOfficial sitePlease check in advance.