A trial study on automated control panel button assembly
Date of Issue2016-06-01
School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Robotics Research Centre
Collaborative robots have been studies for a long time to increase the productivity, and at the same time, to keep the flexibility in industrial applications. However, it is still difficult to program or configure a robot to do a task for workers who are not professional in programming robots. In this project, we choose control panel button assembly to study the feasibility of developing a system, which can finish a pick-and-place task, at same time, involves minimum input. Kawada Nextage, as a commonly used collaborative robot is used in this project. A system based on open source libraries, such as Robot Operating System (ROS), openCV, PLC, etc., is developed. Kinect sensor and Robotiq gripper are used to sense and finish the pick-and-place task. During the tests, the system was able to pick and place panel buttons according a picture showing the layout of the final product. The preliminary experiments results show that the pick-and-place task can be finished in an acceptable success rate. At the same time, the content of the task can be easily switched by changing the input image.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University