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The mobile robot MPO-500 features four Mecanum wheels which provide an extraordinary manoeuvrability. Each Mecanum wheel has several independent rollers mounted along its circumference. The axles of the rollers are rotated at 45° to the wheel’s main axle. This design enables the robot to instantly move into any direction: The Mecanum wheels make it truly omnidirectional.

This kinematics offers a number of interesting advantages over other systems like Omni wheels or the Omni Drive Modules of the MPO-700:

  • Mecanum wheels have proven themselves worldwide since 1973,
  • they require only a very simple and robust drive system,
  • they allow instantaneous motion without alignment and
  • the required control software is very simple.

These extraordinary features have made Mecanum wheels a very popular solution especially in robotics research.