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Control in Robotics and Automation: Sensor Based Integration
Microcomputer technology and micromechanical design have contributed to recent rapid advances in Robotics. Particular advances have been made in sensor technology that allow robotic systems to gather data and react "intelligently" in flexible manufacturing systems. The analysis and recording of the data are vital to controlling the robot. In order to solve problems in control and planning for a Robotic system it is necessary to meet the growing need for the integration of sensors in to the system. Control in Robotics and Automation addresses this need. This book covers integration planning and control based on prior knowledge and real-time sensory information. A new task-oriented approach to sensing, planning and control introduces an event-based method for system design together with task planning and three dimensional modeling in the execution of remote operations. Typical remote systems are teleoperated and provide work efficiencies that are on the order of ten times slower than what is directly achievable by humans. Consequently, the effective integration of automation into teleoperated remote systems offers potential to improve remote system work efficiency. The authors introduce visually guided control systems and study the role of computer vision in autonomously guiding a robot system. * Sensor-Based Planning and Control in an Event-Based Approach * Visually Guided Sensing and Control * Multiple Sensor Fuson in Planning and Control * System Integration and Implementation * Practical Applications
Edwin Wise Robotics Demystified
There's no easier, faster, or more practical way to learn the really tough subjects
McGraw-Hill's Demystified titles are the most efficient, interestingly written, brush-ups you can find. Organized as self-teaching guides, they come complete with key points, background information, questions at the end of each chapter, and even final exams.
This complete self-teaching guide takes an introductory approach to robotics, guiding readers through the essential electronics, mechanics, and programming skills necessary to build their own robot.
123 Robotics Experiments For The Evil Genius
123 STEPS NEEDED TO BRING OUT THE GENIUS IN EVERY BASEMENT HOBBYIST!
If you enjoy tinkering in your workshop and have a fascination for robotics, you’ll have hours of fun working through the 123 experiments found in this innovative project book.
More than just an enjoyable way to spend time, these exciting experiments also provide a solid grounding in robotics, electronics, and programming. Each experiment builds on the skills acquired in those before it so you develop a hands- on, nuts-and-bolts understanding of robotics — from the ground up.
123 Robotics Projects for the Evil Genius –
* Introduces you to robotics, electronics, and programming for robotics step-by-step — you don’t need to be a science whiz to get started, but you will be when you have finished
* Vividly explains the science behind robots and the technologies needed to build them, including: Electronics; Mechanical assembly; Motors and batteries; Programming and microcontrollers
* Shows how you can create simple robots and models using materials found around the house and workroom
* Requires only inexpensive, easily obtained parts and tools
* Provides a PCB (printed circuit board) that will make it easy to create the circuits used in this book as well as your own experiments
* Gives you directions for building a maze-solving robot, two different designs for a light-seeking robot, an artificial intelligence program that will respond to you, and much more
* Explains underlying principles and suggests other applications
* Supplies parts lists and program listings
CNC Robotics: Build Your Own Workshop Bot
Here’s the FIRST book to offer step-by-step guidelines that walk the reader through the entire process a building a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine from start to finish. Using inexpensive, off-the-shelf parts, readers can build CNC machines with true industrial shop applications such as machining, routing, and cutting–at a fraction of what it would cost to purchase one.
* Great for anyone who wants to automate a task in their home shop or small business
* Easy-to-use Windows-based software controls the robotic automation
* Builders can scale and customize the machine to suit their own industrial needs
* Numerous tips, tricks, and pictorials walk the reader through every step–design, construction, and completion
YOUR OWN WORKSHOP ROBOT–AT AN AFFORDABLE PRICE
Nothing improves efficiency in a wood- or metalworking shop–or almost any small manufacturing concern–like a CNC (computer numerical control) robot. But if you’ve priced one, you know the cost is a whopping $7,500 or more. Even plans on the Internet are expensive — and you can’t tell if they suit your needs until you’ve forked over hundreds of dollars.
NOW FOR THE FIRST TIME YOU CAN GET COMPLETE DIRECTIONS FOR BUILDING A CNC WORKSHOP BOT FOR A TOTAL COST OF AROUND $1,500!
CNC Robotics gives you step-by-step, illustrated directions for designing, constructing, and testing a fully functional CNC robot that saves you 80 percent of the price of an off-the-shelf bot–and that can be customized to suit your purposes exactly, because you designed it. Written by an accomplished workshop bot designer/builder, this book gives you:
* Start-to-finish illustrated instructions
* Guidance on installing easy-to-understand Windows software for controlling your bot
* Plenty of time-saving tips, tricks, and pictorial help along the way
* Scaling and customizing instructions for building just the robot that you want
* Sources for easily obtained parts
* A complete course in workshop bot design and construction, perfect for courses or industry
BUILD YOUR OWN WORKSHOP BOT AND BRING SPEED, PRECISION, AND AUTOMATION TO YOUR WORKSHOP!
The word “robot” was introduced by the Czech playright Karel ? Capek in his 1920 play Rossum’s Universal Robots.
The word “robota” in Czech means simply “work.” In spite of such practical beginnings,science fiction writers and early Hollywood movies have given us a romantic notion of robots. Thus, in the 1960s robots held out great promises for miraculously revolutionizing industry overnight. In fact, many of the more far-fetched expectations from robots have failed to materialize. For instance, in underwater assembly and oil mining, teleoperated robots are very difficult to manipulate and have largely been replaced or augmented by “smart” quick-fit couplings that simplify the assembly task. However, through good design practices and painstaking attention to detail, engineers have succeeded in applying robotic systems to a wide variety of industrial and manufacturing situations where the environment is structured or predictable. Today, through developments in computers and artificial intelligence techniques and often motivated by the space program, we are on the verge of another breakthrough in robotics that will afford some levels of autonomy in unstructured environments.
On a practical level, robots are distinguished from other electromechanical motion equipment by their dexterous manipulation capability in that robots can work, position, and move tools and other objects with far greater dexterity than other machines found in the factory. Process robot systems are functional components with grippers, end effectors, sensors, and process equipment organized to perform a controlled sequence of tasks to execute a process — they require sophisticated control systems.
The first successful commercial implementation of process robotics was in the U.S. automobile industry. The word “automation” was coined in the 1940s at Ford Motor Company, as a contraction of “automatic motivation.” By 1985 thousands of spot welding, machine loading, and material handling applications were working reliably. It is no longer possible to mass produce automobiles while meeting currently accepted quality and cost levels without using robots. By the beginning of 1995 there were over 25,000 robots in use in the U.S. automobile industry. More are applied to spot welding than any other process. For all applications and industries, the world’s stock of robots is expected to exceed 1,000,000 units by 1999.
The single most important factor in robot technology development to date has been the use of microprocessor-based control. By 1975 microprocessor controllers for robots made programming and executing coordinated motion of complex multiple degrees-of-freedom (DOF) robots practical and reliable. The robot industry experienced rapid growth and humans were replaced in several manufacturing processes requiring tool and/or workpiece manipulation. As a result the immediate and cumulative dangers of exposure of workers to manipulation-related hazards once accepted as necessary costs have been removed.
A distinguishing feature of robotics is its multidisciplinary nature — to successfully design robotic systems one must have a grasp of electrical, mechanical, industrial, and computer engineering, as well as economics and business practices. The purpose of this chapter is to provide a background in all these areas so that design for robotic applications may be confronted from a position of insight and confidence. The material covered here falls into two broad areas: function and analysis of the single robot, and design and analysis of robot-based systems and workcells. Section 14.2 presents the available configurations of commercial robot manipulators, with Section 14.3 providing a follow-on in mathematical terms of basic robot geometric issues. The next four sections provide particulars in end-effectors and tooling, sensors and actuators, robot programming languages, and dynamics and real-time control. Section 14.8 deals with planning and intelligent control. The next three sections cover the design of
robotic systems for manufacturing and material handling. Specifically, Section 14.9 covers workcell layout and part feeding, Section 14.10 covers product design and economic analysis, and Section 14.11 deals with manufacturing and industrial processes. The final section deals with some special classes of robots including mobile robots, lightweight flexible arms, and the versatile parallel-link arms including the Stewart platform.
Windows 7 and Vista Guide to Scripting, Automation, and Command Line Tools
Windows 7 and Vista contain state-of-the-art tools for streamlining or automating virtually any system management task. If you’re a power user, administrator, or developer, these tools can help you eliminate repetitive work and manage your systems far more reliably and effectively.
Drives and Control for Industrial Automation
Drives and Control for Industrial Automation presents the material necessary for an understanding of servo control in automation. Beginning with a macroscopic view of its subject, treating drives and control as parts of a single system, the book then pursues a detailed discussion of the major components of servo control: sensors, controllers and actuators. Throughout, the mechatronic approach – a synergistic integration of the components – is maintained, in keeping with current practice.
The authors’ holistic approach does not preclude the reader from learning in a step-by-step fashion – each chapter contains material that can be studied separately without compromising understanding. Drives are described in several chapters according to the way they are usually classified in industry, each comprised of its actuators and sensors. The controller is discussed alongside. Topics of recent and current interest – piezoelectricity, digital communications and future trends – are detailed in their own chapters.
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Linux users can now control their homes remotely! Are you a Linux user who has ever wanted to turn on the lights in your house, or open and close the curtains, while away on holiday? Want to be able to play the same music in every room, controlled from your laptop or mobile phone? Do you want to do these things without an expensive off-the-shelf kit?
In Beginning Linux Home Automation, Steven Goodwin will show you how a house can be fully controlled by its occupants, all using open source software. From appliances to kettles to curtains, control your home remotely!
What you’ll learn
Control appliances like kettles and curtains both locally and remotely.
Find and harness data sources to provide context-aware living.
Hack/change existing hardware/software to better fit your needs.
Integrate various technologies into a function greater than the whole.
Set up a home network, for both network and audio/video traffic.
Who is this book for?
This book is for amateur and professional Linux users who want to control their homes and their gadgets!
Self-Service and Workflow Automation for the Private Cloud
The Private Cloud offers the promise of quick and easy application and infrastructure provisioning, driving business agility and efficiency.
However, unrestricted access can result in virtual sprawl and poor placement of VMs and applications, undermining these benefits and introducing additional costs and risks.
To achieve the right balance of self-service and control, Cloud architects need to include both self service portal and intelligent workflow technologies in their designs. These technologies support data collection, dynamic approvals, formatted email notifications, and rules based placements, while at the same accurately accounting for software license inventories and driving automation. John MacLean from the VMware Service Manager group will discuss this topic in more detail and give a technology preview of some key technologies that we’re working on to deliver self-service and workflow automation in the private cloud.
Electronic Design Automation: Synthesis, Verification, and Test
This book provides broad and comprehensive coverage of the entire EDA flow. EDA/VLSI practitioners and researchers in need of fluency in an "adjacent" field will find this an invaluable reference to the basic EDA concepts, principles, data structures, algorithms, and architectures for the design, verification, and test of VLSI circuits. Anyone who needs to learn the concepts, principles, data structures, algorithms, and architectures of the EDA flow will benefit from this book.
* Covers complete spectrum of the EDA flow, from ESL design modeling to logic/test synthesis, verification, physical design, and test...helps EDA newcomers to get "up-and-running" quickly;
* Comprehensive coverage of EDA concepts, principles, data structures, algorithms, and architectures...helps all readers improve their VLSI design competence;
* Latest advancements, not yet available in other books, including Test compression, ESL design modeling, Large-scale floorplanning, Placement, Routing, Synthesis of clock and power/ground networks...helps readers to design/develop testable chips or products;
* Includes industry best-practices wherever appropriate in most chapters...helps readers avoid costly mistakes.
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