Mobile Robot and Computer Integrated Printing (mrcip)

Period of Performance: 11/19/1987 - 11/19/1989

$471K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

S.e.e.s., Inc.
11020 Solway School Rd
Knoxville, TN 37931
Principal Investigator

Abstract

THIS PROPOSAL DESCRIBES METHODS TO AUTOMATE THE PRINTING INDUSTRY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF A SEMI-AUTONOMOUS MOBILE ROBOT AND DUAL PURPOSE END EFFECTOR. THE PROTOTYPE MODILE ROBOT WILL CONSIST OF A SELF-PROPELLED PLATFORM WITH A FORK LIFT MECHANISM AND A FULLY ARTICULATE ROBOTIC ARM. AN OFF ROBOT "HOMING SENSOR" AND SEARCHING ROUTINES PROVIDES ACCURACY NECESSARY TO GREATLY REDUCE ERROR. TO SHOW THE FLEXIBILITY AND COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE MOBILE ROBOT AS THE CENTRAL UNIT IN THE AUTOMATION PLAN, A DEMONSTRATION WITH THE UNIT REMOVING PAPER FROM A MULTIGRAPHICS COLLATOR, STACKING THE PAPER, MOVING THE STACK, MEASURING AND CUTTING THE PADDED STACK, AND MOVING RAW MATERIAL ON A PALLET TO A MULTIGRAPHICS PRESS IS PROPOSED.