USE OF ROBOTICS IN AUTOMATIC FACTORY ASSEMBLY

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Navy
Amount:
$249,568.00
Award Year:
1985
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
898
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
American Robot Corp.
121 Industry Drive, Pittsburgh, PA, 15275
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Shafi Motiwalla
(412) 787-3000
Business Contact:
() -
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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