Research in SIMTech


INTRODUCTION
The mission of Mechatronics Group (MCH) is to provide the key technologies and expertise for the development of precision machines and robotic systems for manufacturing automation. The major manufacturing industry sectors supported by the group include precision engineering, electronics/semiconductor, aerospace, and marine. The group carries out collaborative research with academic institutions, co-develops automation equipment and machines with companies, transfers technology, and conducts training for the manufacturing industry. To meet the current and future needs for manufacturing automation, the group is organised into two focused research themes, i.e., Precision Mechatronics (PM), Industrial Robotics (IR) and Industrial Automation (IA).


RESEARCH THEMES

Industrial Robotics (IR)
The industrial robotics team focuses on developing technologies in the areas of:

  • Mobile Robots
  • Force Controlled Robotic End-Effector Modules
  • Robot Joint Modules
  • Soft Robotics


Precision Mechatronics (PM)

The precision mechatronics team focuses on developing technologies in the areas of:

  • Data Driven Control Auto-tuning
  • Distributed Vortex Handler
  • Error budgeting
  • Thermal Error Compensation


Industrial Automation (IA)

The industrial automation team focuses on developing technologies in the areas of:

  • Automation Assessment Methodology
  • Smart Tools
  • Adaptive Grippers


CORE COMPETENCIES

Industrial Robotics (IR)

  • Mechanism Design, Modelling, and Analysis
  • Scalable Software Architecture with Real Time Control
  • Robotics for Material Removal
  • Position, Force and Impedance Control
  • Path Planning
  • Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping

Precision Mechatronics (PM)

  • Precision Motion Control


Industrial Automation (IA)

  • Automation Assessment
  • Gripper Mechanism Design
  • 3D Reconstruction
  • Mechanical, Fluidic and Thermodynamic Simulation
  • Thermal Modelling and Error Compensation


TECHNOLOGIES FOR LICENSING AND TRANSFER

Industrial Robotics (IR)

  • Calibration techniques for accuracy enhancement of robotic workcells 
  • Force-controlled multi-axis end-effector for precision deburring and profiling 
  • Omni-directional mobile robots

Precision Mechatronics (PM)

  • Data-driven auto-tuning 
  • Large travel range (few mm) ultra–precision (tens of nanometres repeatability) actuators 
  • 3 degrees of freedom (DOF) high-precision positioning systems: range 2mm, 5°; repeatability ±50nm, ±0.5” 
  • Non-contact fragile handler 
  • Metrological characterisation and calibration of precision stages

Industrial Automation (IA)

  • Intuitive robot path teaching toolkits for welding, machining, and paint spray 
  • Welding process monitoring system for quality control 
  • Adaptive robotic gripper for machine tending 
  • Power assistive omni-directional wheel module for material transfer


LISTING OF SOME MAJOR EQUIPMENT/SOFTWARE
Industrial Robotics (IR)

  • Robots from ABB, Kuka, UR, etc.
  • ATOS 3D Digitiser
  • Leica Laser Tracker
  • Omnidirectional Mobile Robot

Precision Mechatronics (PM)

  • General-purpose 3-DOF Positioner
  • High Precision Granite Square and Straight Bars
  • Polytech Laser Doppler Vibrometer
  • SIOS Triple-beam Laser Interferometer

Industrial Automation (IA)

  • Taylor Hobson Electronic Levels
  • High-resolution Thermal Scanner
  • Mahr Millitron Electronic Probes

 

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