Robotics developer community gains easier access to Xsens’ affordable, high-performance IMUs with new Clearpath Robotics sales channel
Clearpath Robotics, which supplies platforms for the development of innovative robotics designs, has been appointed as an authorized distributor of Xsens’ MTi-series IMUs
Enschede, The Netherlands – 21 April, 2020 – Xsens, the manufacturer of motion sensing modules, has signed a sales distribution agreement with Clearpath Robotics, the manufacturer of robot development platforms, which will make it easier for R&D teams and university researchers to use the popular MTi-series of inertial measurement units (IMU, VRU, AHRS and GNSS/INS) in robot designs.
Under the arrangement, Ontario, Canada-based Clearpath Robotics has been appointed as an authorized distributor of Xsens’ MTi-series with a regional focus on Canada and the Eastern United States.
Clearpath Robotics enjoys close relationships with a broad community of researchers, academics and R&D teams who use robots such as its Moose unmanned ground vehicle, Dingo indoor robot and Heron unmanned maritime surface vessel to accelerate their development of innovative applications for new robotic equipment. These users often require only small quantities of components such as IMUs when developing prototype robot designs. This means that they normally have no commercial relationship with the distributors and manufacturers’ representatives which handle high production-volume orders from industrial and consumer equipment manufacturers.
Clearpath Robotics already provides a component sales service for low-volume customers such as university researchers and development engineers, stocking and shipping products such as LiDAR scanners, thermal infrared cameras and force sensors. Now these customers will also be able to buy MTi-series IMUs from stock, for immediate shipment in any order quantity.
Shahab Khokhar, Business Development Manager (Components) at Clearpath Robotics, said: ‘Xsens’ MTi-series IMUs are an attractive new option for our customers because they offer professional-grade accuracy, precision, stability and speed at a very competitive price – often as little as half the price of other technologies offering comparable performance. By providing the MTi-series devices to our customers in the research community, we can help them develop innovative designs at a lower cost or with enhanced functionality.’
Developers who want advice from experts in robotics technology can take advantage of the sales consultancy which Clearpath Robotics provides to customers. The MTi-series of IMUs is a broad portfolio of products including IMUs, Vertical Reference Units (VRUs), Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) and Inertial Navigation Systems (INS) with or without satellite positioning data. Advice from Clearpath Robotics will help customers to choose the right part to the meet the requirements of the application that they are developing.
The Xsens IMUs are particularly well suited to operation in systems based on a Clearpath Robotics development platform: the IMUs offer native support for the open-source Robot Operating System (ROS), while Clearpath Robotics is a recognized authority on ROS technology, and its robot platforms are all built on ROS.
MTi-series products are also all supported by the MT Software Suite, a development and configuration tool which enables users to quickly integrate an IMU into robots or other types of end product.
Boele De Bie, General Manager at Xsens, said: ‘Clearpath Robotics has a unique relationship of trust with the research and development community, thanks to the quality and value of its robot development platforms, its support for ROS and the insightfulness of its technical guidance to customers. We at Xsens are delighted that our MTi-series are now part of the suite of products that Clearpath Robotics is ready to supply to its customer community.’
Customers can buy Xsens MTi-series IMUs directly from the Clearpath Robotics online store at store.clearpathrobotics.com, or make a sales enquiry via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 1-800-301-3863.
Xsens is the leading innovator in 3D motion sensing technology and products. Its sensor fusion technologies enable a seamless interaction between the physical and the digital world in applications such as industrial control and stabilization, health, sports and 3D character animation. Clients and partners include Electronic Arts, NBC Universal, Daimler, Autodesk, ABB, Siemens and various other leading institutes and companies throughout the world.
Xsens is part of mCube, the provider of the world’s smallest and lowest power MEMS motion sensors, key enablers for the Internet of Moving Things.
Xsens has offices in Enschede, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Bangalore. Please contact us on the web at https://www.xsens.com.
Xsens is a registered trademark of Xsens Technologies B.V. and/or its parent, subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the Netherlands, the USA and/or other countries.
About Clearpath Robotics
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