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Easy-to-use, Autonomous Bin-picking and Assembly Operations for the Manufacturing Industry

Award Information
Agency: Department of Commerce
Branch: National Institute of Standards and Technology
Contract: 70NANB19H041
Agency Tracking Number: 045-FY19-73
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: None
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2019
Award Year: 2019
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2019-08-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-01-31
Small Business Information
1860 38th St., Boulder, CO, 80309
DUNS: 080469128
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Nicolaus Correll
 (303) 717-1436
 nikolaus@roboticmaterials.com
Business Contact
 Nicolaus Correll
Phone: (303) 717-1436
Email: nikolaus@roboticmaterials.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
We will develop a series of object manipulation primitives to pick up and assemble standard mechanical parts such as screws, gears and pulleys that can be configured without any programming skills. Building up on a smart robotic gripper, 3D perception and machine learning algorithms, we will design a graphical user interface for the Universal Robot E-Series that allows an user to label arbitrary 3D objects, identify assembly points, and issue pick-up and assembly commands, which are modeled by standard industrial assembly tasks that have been identified by NIST’s manufacturing group. Specifically, we will provide routines for peg-in-hole and hole-on-peg assemblies that are defined by circular or rectangular holes or extrusions, as well as pick-up routines for arbitrary objects from clutter or in bins. The underlying algorithms have already been validated, making the focus of this proposal to develop interfaces that make their configuration as simple as possible, only requiring an user to present an individual object, labeling it, and selecting a desired action. With the focus of this Phase I proposal on demonstrating the viability of this approach and trading ease-of-use with functionality, a Phase II will extend this approach to a larger class of objects and tasks.

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