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Development and sensitivity analysis of a portable calibration system for joint offset of industrial robot

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7 Author(s)
Yong Liu ; Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Michigan State University East Lansing, MI 48824, USA ; Ning Xi ; Jianguo Zhao ; Erick Nieves-Rivera
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This paper describes our updated system for industrial robot joint offset calibration. The system consists of an IRB1600 industrial robot, a laser tool attached to the robot's end-effector, a portable position-sensitive device (PPD), and a PC based controller. By aiming the laser spot to the center of position-sensitive-detector (PSD) on the PPD with different robot configurations, the developed system ideally implements our proposed calibration method called the virtual line-based single-point constraint approach. However, unlike our previous approach, the calibration method is extended to identify the offset parameters with an uncalibrated laser tool. The position errors of the PPD and the sensitivities of error in the PSD plane to the variation of joint angles are analyzed. Two different robot configuration patterns are compared by implementing the calibration method. Both simulation and real experimental results are consistent with the mathematical analysis. Experimental results with small (10-3-10-2) mean and standard deviation of parameters error verify the effectiveness of both the sensitivity analysis and the developed system.

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2009 IEEE/RSJ International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems

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10-15 Oct. 2009