Industrial automation & material handling
MFA provides unique opportunities for improving efficiency in industrial automation and material handling and storage. Using hover technology may allow for unprecedented production flexibility and access to materials whether moved by the touch of a finger, remote control, or on-board navigation. Power can be provided by on-board batteries, generators, tethered power, and inductive or laser charging.
Current storage designs are largely defined by circulation space. Storage density is limited by the access requirements of forklifts and people. With no backup space required, and no turning radius needed, MFA hover systems may offer dramatic savings on real-estate costs, especially in high-cost-per-volume areas, providing much more dense storage solutions.
Clean room automation & shock absorption
Advantages for clean rooms include sealed systems and no contact while moving materials within the clean room. No greases, bearings or bushings need to be in contact with the clean room. Control of hovering items can be achieved by remote control through radio frequency, laser, tether, and other methods. Hovering devices or objects have full control in forward, reverse, right, left or yaw translations. Essentially, a hovering robot is now possible. Hovering objects can move freely or be restricted to a “track” that limits where the device can go, making for precision placement of the hovering device when desired. The “track” can be a special hover surface or a simple line that the hover device can follow. It’s also now possible to pick up certain objects without making physical contact with them in order to minimize or fully prevent the possibility of cross-contamination. Hovering devices can also be translated vertically as an additional option. This is essentially a no-contact elevator action. It’s also possible to use hover engines as magnetic shock absorbers that can be adjusted to meet variable conditions. The hover engines can also be used to isolate objects from vibration and can operate in a wide range of conditions, including vacuum or high pressure.