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Automatic robot path integration using three-dimensional vision and offline programming

  • Amit Kumar Bedaka
  • Joel Vidal
  • Chyi-Yeu LinEmail author
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Abstract

In manufacturing industries, offline programming (OLP) platforms provide an independent methodology for robot integration using 3D model simulation away from the actual robot cell and production process, reducing integration time and costs. However, traditional OLP platforms still require prior knowledge of the workpiece position in a predefined environment, which requires complex human operations and specific-purpose designs, highly reducing the autonomy of the systems. The presented approach proposes to overcome these problems by defining a novel automated offline programming system (AOLP), which integrates a flexible and intuitive OLP platform with a state-of-the-art autonomous object pose estimation method, to achieve an environment and model independent platform for automatic robotic manufacturing. The autonomous recognition capabilities of the three-dimensional vision system provide the relative position of the workpiece model in the OLP platform, with robustness against clutter, illumination, and object material. After that, the user-friendly OLP platform allows an efficient and automatic path generation, simulation, robot code generation, and robot execution. The proposed system precision and robustness are analyzed and validated in a real-world environment on four different sets of experiment. Finally, the proposed system’s features are discussed and compared with other available solutions for practical industrial manufacturing, showing the advantages of the proposed approach. Overall, despite sensor resolution limitations, the proposed system shows a remarkable precision and promising direction towards highly efficient and productive manufacturing solutions.

Keywords

Automated offline programming Path generation Industrial manipulator Machine vision 3D object recognition 6D pose estimation 

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This work is financially supported by both Taiwan Building Technology Center and Center for Cyber-Physical System Innovation from the Featured Areas Research Center Program within the framework of the Higher Education Sprout Project by the Ministry of Education (MOE) in Taiwan. Additionally, this work was financially supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan (R.O.C), under the grant—105-2221-E-011-088-MY2.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Amit Kumar Bedaka
    • 1
  • Joel Vidal
    • 1
  • Chyi-Yeu Lin
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical EngineeringNational Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwanRepublic of China
  2. 2.Taiwan Building Technology CenterNational Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwanRepublic of China
  3. 3.Center for Cyber-Physical System InnovationNational Taiwan University of Science and TechnologyTaiwanRepublic of China

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