New Robot & Cobot Functionality for Manufacturing Systems
Robot / cobot technology is often used for repetitive tasks with defined geometry, such as transferring bottles from a conveyor into a carton for shipping, welding the same locations of an assembly, painting similar parts, deliveries within hotels and hospitals, etc. To fully leverage the technology, however, the capabilities need to be expanded to better emulate the more versatile actions of humans. The enhanced capability targets include greater mobility, higher load capability, increased work envelope, interaction with other machines, and accelerated growth in Artificial Intelligence (AI). This project will focus on developing and demonstrating the enhanced capabilities.
The project will include evaluation and selection of robot/cobot technology, designing and building equipment specific to the manufacturing system tasks, and testing, refining, and validating the complete system.
More Information: 2017-PG
Students who successfully match to this project team will be required to sign the following two documents in January 2017:
- Skill level All levels
- Students 5-7
- Likely Majors ECE, EE, ISD-GAME, ISD-MFG, ME
- Course Substitutions ME 490, EE MDE, MFG 503, Honors, GAME 503, ME 590, ECE Cognate
- IP & NDA Required? Yes
- Summer Opportunity Summer Funding Application
Mechanical Design and Prototyping (2-3 Students)
Design, development of user requirements, analytical modeling and simulation, fast prototyping, 3D printing, validation Prerequisite: ME 350 completed before WN17
- Likely Majors: ME, ISD-MFG, ISD-GAME
Robotics / Mechatronics (2 Students)
- Likely Majors: Robotics, ME, EE, ECE
Controls (1-2 Students)
- Likely Majors: EE, ECE, Robotics
Faculty Mentor: Amy Hortop
LEO Lecturer III, Mechanical Engineering
Sponsor Mentor: Kevin McNeil
39 years experience at P&G. Expertise areas include manufacturing system equipment design, product development, process development, development facilities, innovation processes, and intellectual property. Currently manages a group of 20 engineers developing breakthrough technologies focused on product, process, and manufacturing capabilities.
For More Information About This Sponsor, Visit Their Website (Procter & Gamble).