Short Course on Realising Industrial Applications through Advanced Robotics

Date: 16 Nov 2009 - 17 Nov 2009

Venue: Training Room, Tower Block, Level 3

Robotics applications are well established within the automotive industry, but scarce in other industries, especially among local SMEs.  Current industrial robotic capabilities possess potential beyond handling tasks, which are commonly perceived as ideal applications for robots.  With improved performance and lower cost, industrial robots are finding their way into applications such as cleaning, polishing, deburring and even light machining.  The short course aims to equip engineers and engineering managers with basic knowledge of industrial robots and show capabilities of robotics for potential automation applications.   From the course, the participants will appreciate the strength and weaknesses of robots, and acquire essential know-how in conceiving an automation application through robots.

Day 1 - 16 November 2009
9.00 am        Introduction to Industrial Robotics
9.30 am        Robotic Fundamental I
10.30 am      Tea break
10.45 am      Robotic fundamental  II
12.00 pm      Lunch
1.30 pm        Calibration
2.30 pm        Sensing and Vision
3.30 pm        Tea break
4.00 pm        Robot Programming & Simulation
5.15 pm        Participants-Vendors Networking

Day 2 - 17 November 2009
9.00 am        Force Control & Applications
10.30 am      Tea break
10.45 am      PKM & Applications
12.00 pm      Lunch
1.30 pm        Case study – Robotic Integration
3.00 pm        Tea break
3.15 pm        Lab tour
4.15 pm        End

Course Outline
Robotic Fundamental I & II – Dr Yang Guilin
This session will cover the fundamental issues pertaining to Rigid Body Motion such as spatial descriptions of position, orientation, and coordinate frame transformation; rigid-body transformation (translation and rotation), and velocity and acceleration of a rigid body.  Major issues related to Manipulator Kinematics such as descriptions of links and joints, kinematic transformation of two adjacent links (D-H notations), forward and inverse manipulator kinematics, velocities and static forces (Jacobians), and trajectory generations will also be discussed and presented.

Calibration – Dr Mustafa S. Kurbanhusen
Due to inaccuracies in the robot as well as the work piece and fixtures, calibration is of paramount importance in most robotic applications.  This session gives an overview of the concept of robot calibrations, and elaborates the various types of calibration methods and algorithm. The need for calibration and the various sources of error will also be presented in this session.  

Sensing and Vision – Mr Ng Teck Chew
In many industrial applications, machine perception (i.e. sensor and vision) is one of the major components contributing to the realisation of the automation process.  This session will give an overview of the common sensors used in a typical robotic automation system.

Robot Programming & Simulation – Mr Lim Tao Ming
The greatest advantage of using robots is their flexibility which is effectively realised through proper programming. Various online and offline tools are available to assist users in the programming phase and each has their own advantages and disadvantages. This session gives a brief introduction on some of these popular tools available and also to identify certain situations which needs proper handling.

Force Control & Applications – Dr Tao Pey Yuen
A brief introduction on the working principle behind robot force control will be given where the focus is on aspects that will aid industrial users in better understanding robot force control systems. Some experimental results obtained using current industrial solutions and in-house developed robot force control will also be presented. Practical issues and suggestions on implementing robot force control in real industrial tasks will be summarised.

Parallel Kinematic Mechanisms & Applications – Dr Yang Guilin
This module will give an overview about the parallel manipulators which includes the concepts and classifications of parallel manipulators, parallel manipulator kinematics and performance analysis, and parallel manipulator applications.

Case Study: Robotic Application Integration – Mr Lim Chee Wang
This session aims to bring together most of the above know-how, i.e. robotic fundamental, calibration, sensing, etc., to realise a practical robotic application.  Through this case study, the participants shall gain better insight of the strength and limitation of industrial robots in achieving a particular type of automation process.

Target Audience
Engineers and technical Managers in automation and/or application design for aerospace, automotive, marine & offshore, precision engineering and other relevant manufacturing industries. This short course may be of interest to researchers and lecturers of tertiary institutions.

Registration fee :
SMS-members : S$256.80 (incl 7% GST)
Non-SMS Members : S$321 (incl. 7% GST) :
(Fee is inclusive of course  notes and meals)

For technical enquiries, please email to Mr Lim Chee Wang at
Fro general enquiries, please contact Samantha Chan at 67938423 or email to