Ridgeback is a midsize indoor robot platform that uses an omni-drive to move manipulators and heavy payloads with ease. The omnidirectional base provides precision positioning in constrained environments and comes fully integrated with onboard computer, front and optional rear laser scanners and an IMU. Ridgeback offers native ROS and Gazebo integration and is plug-and-play compatible with Clearpath’s wide range of robot accessories.
Ridgeback is designed with omnidirectional Mecanum wheels paired with a precision drive and high resolution encoders (35840 pulses per revolution) to enable exact position control within 3 degrees of maneuverability.
Ridgeback’s versatility enables unconstrained path and algorithm planning. Ridgeback can even simulate a more limited platform by not using its side-to-side capabilities.
The integrated LIDAR and top plate is designed for an unobstructed 360-degree LIDAR field of view (rear-mounted LIDAR required). This allows Ridgeback to operate autonomously, avoid collisions and plan paths that take full advantage of the maneuverability offered by its omnidrive base.
Ridgeback is only 11in (30cm) tall and fits through a standard 32in (80cm) door. This allows Ridgeback to operate effectively in typical industrial and commercial environments without issue. It also has a passive suspension system to ensure reliable traction over floor transitions or changes in terrain (ie. concrete to carpet).
As with all Clearpath robots, Ridgeback is plug-and-play compatible with our extensive list of robot accessories. Prototyping an industrial or commercial mobile robot has never been easier.
Size and Weight
|External Dimensions||960 x 793 x 311 mm
(37.7 x 31.1 x 12.2 in)
|Max Payload||100 kg
Speed and Performance
|Drivers and APIs||
ROS Melodic, ROS Kinetic
3 Finger Gripper
The preconfigured packages offer everything needed to get started quickly. Don’t see what you’re looking for? Visit our sensors and components store or contact us.
The UR5 Package includes mechanical mounting, integrated UR5 controller, power and communications for the Universal Robotics UR5 robot arm. It also includes a Robotiq 3-Finger gripper and a force torque sensor. Easily coordinate behaviours between Ridgeback and UR5 with full ROS, Gazebo Physics Simulator, RViz and MoveIT! Motion planner support.
The FANUC Package includes mechanical mounting, integrated FANUC controller, power and communications for the FANUC robot arm. Easily coordinate behaviours between Ridgeback and FANUC with full ROS, Gazebo Physics Simulator, RViz and MoveIT! Motion planner support.
KUKA Package (Height Adjustable)
The KUKA Package includes mechanical mounting, integrated KUKA controller, power and communications for the KUKA robot arm. An adjustable height option is available with automatic or manual configurations, allowing the KUKA manipulator to operate at ground or table height levels. Easily coordinate behaviours between Ridgeback and KUKA with full ROS, Gazebo Simulator, RViz and MoveIT! Motion planner support.
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See the Ridgeback in action.
Ridgeback Omnidirectional Platform
Ridgeback & KUKA IIWA Integration