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TECHNOLOGY OVERVIEW

Robotic technology for manufacturing is rapidly changing. Robots are becoming safer and progressing towards the digital space, which will drive innovation for developing more collaborative processes for the industry. Digitalization of robotics allows improvements in offline monitoring, predictive analysis and adaptiveness required for smart factories.
ARTC has developed innovative capabilities in robotic processes such as adaptive deburring, polishing, painting etc. New capabilities such as collaborative assembly, component handling & logistics, advanced safety for collaborative robots are continually developed at ARTC.

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Potential Applications

These technologies can be deployed to various industry sectors which include:

  • Aerospace: Intelligent deburring and polishing of critical features for components. Smart assembly for component manufacturing
  • Heavy industry: Automated cleaning, masking applications, machine tending and part handing between processes
  • Production line: Inherent safety features and flexibility of collaborative robots allows robots to work alongside human counterparts to accomplish a variety tasks in assembly lines
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OVERVIEW

3D Based Offline Programming

Robot toolpath programming for 3D surfaces with process simulation
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Robot programming for specialty processes such as cold rolling, forging, welding, masking, cleaning and inspection
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Training for robot operation & toolpath development and associated process development


Process Application and Development

Robotic process development capability for various manufacturing processes
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End of arm tool selection, integration, and process optimization
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Custom Gripper design & Integration
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Robot cell design with automated tool selection for process automation


Software Development

Software development for system integration & communication
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Image & point cloud data processing towards adaptive process & toopath generation
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Hadware integration & control system design to establish application
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Open source robotic operating system (ROS)


Cobot & New Application

Direct utilization of collaborative robots for industrial applications, such as assembly & part logistics
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Human-robot collaboration studies and investigation on collaborative systems for automation
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Knowledge of technologies utilized for safety & navigation of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and integration for mobile manipulation