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RESEARCH IN SIMTECH

Adaptive Robotics and Mechatronics Group (ARMG)

ARM

INTRODUCTION

Industrial robots are bringing manufacturing jobs back to high-wage countries. Compared to their predecessors, these robots are easier to use, safer to operate, and more effective in dealing with parts and process changes. Against this exciting backdrop, ARMG focuses its research on human-robot interface for fast work cell set-up and reconfiguration, robotic control for compliant motion, as well as powered caster wheel modules and other enabling technologies for mobile robotics. Complementary to the robotics research is the research and development of assistive technologies to make complex and strenuous operations easier for humans. ARMG’s goal is to provide the critical parts of the automation solution for dealing with high-mix low-volume manufacturing that involves welding, assembly, surface finishing, and material handling. 

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. 


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

  • Robotics & Automation
  • Mechanism Design
  • Modelling
  • Simulation and Control 

 

TECHNOLOGIES FOR LICENSING AND TRANSFER

  • Control & Drive
    • Data-driven autotuning

  • Robot Manipulator
    • Robotic precision finishing systems

  • Mobile Robot
    • Omni-directional mobile robots

  • Robot End-Effector
    • Force-controlled multi-axis end-effector for precision deburring and profiling
    • Adaptive robotic gripper for machine tending

  • Thermal
    • Thermal error compensation for precision equipment


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