CombiTac connectors transfer data, signal information for man-to-machine communication, power, and compressed air between the Smart Cubes. Each cube performs a dedicated production task, such as robotic assembly, testing, quality inspection, packaging, etc. The wheeled cubes have plates on their left- and right-hand sides which house the CombiTac connectors, as well as two large guide pins and two claws to hold the cubes together. This enables them to be quickly interconnected, with all connections being made at the same time. The connectors need to be able to compensate for any misalignment during mating, as well as being robust, safe and very reliable. As they are modular, they can be modified or expanded as the cubes evolve.
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