Science and Technology : A robot with finger-tip sensitivity

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  1. skuderjaymes

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    Two arms, three cameras, finger-tip sensitivity and a variety of facial
    expressions – these are the distinguishing features of the pi4-workerbot.
    Similar in size to a human being, it can be employed at any modern
    workstation in an industrial manufacturing environment. Its purpose is to
    help keep European production competitive.

    Picture the following: With great care, a robot picks up a gear wheel in one
    hand, a housing in the other, and places the two together. When they don’t
    immediately engage, it breaks off its movement. Slowly, it twists the gear
    wheel round a little and tries again. This time the wheel slots easily into its
    mounting. The robot smiles, and places the correctly assembled part on the
    conveyor belt.
    The pi4-workerbot is capable of making many more movements than a
    normal robot and is the jewel in the crown of the EU-funded PISA research
    project, which aims to introduce greater flexibility into industrial mass
    production by using robots in assembly processes.
    All manufacturers operating in Germany need technology that can be
    adapted for and cope with a variety of product versions and fluctuating
    volumes. And because workforce requirements also change in line with
    orders on company books, the idea is that manufacturers should even be
    able to lease these robots as and when necessary. Dr.-Ing. Dragoljub
    Surdilovic, head of the working group at the Fraunhofer Institute for
    Production Systems and Design Technology IPK in Berlin, says: “We
    developed the workerbot to be roughly the same size as a human being.”
    Which means it can be employed at any modern standing or sitting
    workstation in an industrial manufacturing environment.

    The robot is equipped with three cameras. A state-of-the-art 3D camera in
    its forehead captures its general surroundings, while the two others are
    used for inspection purposes. The workerbot can perform a wide range of
    tasks. Matthias Krinke, Managing Director of pi4-Robotics, the company
    that is bringing the workerbot onto the market, explains: “It can measure
    objects or inspect a variety of surfaces.” To give an example, the robot can
    identify whether or not the chromium coating on a workpiece has been
    perfectly applied by studying how light reflects off the material. Krinke
    adds: “If you use two different cameras, it can inspect one aspect with its
    left eye, and another with its right.” Moreover, the workerbot is also
    capable of inspecting components over a continuous 24-hour period – an
    important advantage when precision is of the utmost importance, such as
    in the field of medical technology, where a defective part can, in the worst
    case scenario, endanger human life.

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  2. $$RICH$$

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    wow....I tell ya technology is the future and something we should get into more
  3. Chevron Dove

    Chevron Dove Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    May 7, 2009
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    Interesting. Amazing.

    I wonder if this stems from NASA and their robotic programs and inventions.