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USE OF ROBOTICS IN AUTOMATIC FACTORY ASSEMBLY

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 898
Amount: $249,568.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: N/A
Award Year: 1985
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): N/A
Award End Date (Contract End Date): N/A
Small Business Information
121 Industry Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
United States
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Shafi Motiwalla
 (412) 787-3000
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract

THIS PROJECT WILL INVESTIGATE THE TECHNICAL FEASIBILITY OF USING A CLUSTER CONTROLLER AND OFF-LINE PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM FOR A CLUSTER OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS, PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND VISION SYSTEMS IN A FACTORY ENVIRONMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF LOW VOLUME ASSEMBLY. THE FOLLOWING ISSUES WILL BE INVESTIGATED: 1. USE FLEXIBLE TOOLING/GRIPPERS/HANDS FOR ASSEMBLY TASKS USING ROBOT 2. USE OF IEEE 802 AS A NETWORK STANDARD FOR THE INTERCONNECTION OF A CAD SYSTEM TO A NETWORK OF INDUSTRIAL ROBOTS, PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLERS AND VISION SYSTEMS IN A FACTORY. 3. USE OF THE CAD SYSTEM FOR THE ADDITIONAL PURPOSE OF SIMULATION AND SOLID MODELING OF THE ROBOT AND ITS WORK ENVIRONMENT FOR OFF-LINE PROGRAMMING. SPECIFICALLY, A CAD SYSTEM BASED ON VAX-780 HARDWARE (DIGITAL EQUIPMENT CORPORATION) AND AMERICAN ROBOT'S MERLIN (TM) ROBOT AND FACTORY PROGRAMMABLE CONTROLLER AND MAGICEYE (TM) VISION SYSTEM WILL BE USED IN THIS INVESTIGATION.

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