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Fachhochschule Dortmund



Entwicklung eines omnidirektionalen Manipulators für eine mobile Roboterschweißanlage mit Demoapplikation im automatisierten Schweißen

Fast facts

  • Organizational unit

  • Category

    • Federal project
  • Funding source

    Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Energie - BMWi

  • Funding program

    BMWi ZIM - Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand

  • Duration

About the project

MobileRobot - Development of an omnidirectional manipulator for a mobile robot welding system with demo application in automated welding

The goal of this project is the development of a mobile robot consisting of an omnidirectional mobile platform and a robot arm that work together as a team. The two robots will work simultaneously to perform one continuous movement. Usage areas are measurement and processing tasks, such as sanding, performing (spray) paint jobs, welding or validating parts.

In contrast to existing solutions the omnidirectional platform and the robot arm do form one kinematic system or chain, that allows for simultaneous use of all available axis concurrently. Existing systems use their platforms only to move the arm between points where the arm works solely on its own. This project seeks to integrate the motion control of the six degrees of freedom of the arm with the three degrees of freedom of the platform. The integration of both systems at a control level allows for more flexibility on the robot's movement. A given task can be handled in multiple ways and the possible work area is substantially expanded. Given constraints like time vs. energy efficiency and stability regarding the handling weight, an optimal trajectory can be selected. Additionally external factors like obstacles can be avoided, while the Tool Center Point (TCP) does not deviate from the planned trajectory.

Through real-time synchronization of the platform and the arm, the processing task of a large workpiece can be performed alongside the trajectory of the platform. The absolute position of the platform is established using laser range finders, while the TCP (of the arm) tracks the relative position to the workpiece to be processed. Two drive-steering modules connected through the platform are used to reduce the vibration of the platform. A drive-steering module consists of two individual wheels that are turning around a common central leading axle. This project also investigates how the kinematic constraints imposed by the drive-steering modules need to be considered by the motion planning and controlling layers of the mobile robot's software.

Funded by

Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy



Cooperation / project partners

  • GD Engineering & Automation GmbH
  • Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL)
Institute for the Digital Transformation of Application and Living Domains (IDiAL)

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