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Networking and communication language for the virtual vehicle: a highly distributed coordination control system

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2 Author(s)
Luntz, J.E. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Carnegie Mellon Univ., Pittsburgh, PA, USA ; Messner, W.

In this research, we are developing a materials handling system where many small, simple actuators cooperate to convey large objects with three degrees of freedom in a plane. The actuators, or cells, are arranged in a regular array which is fixed to a planar surface, and objects are passed over the array. Such an array provides very flexible materials handling in which many objects can be conveyed simultaneously in different directions. The array is coordinated in a distributed manner, rather than by a central controller. Each manipulator has its own controller, and each controller communicates with its neighbors. In this paper, a real-time communication network and a language for communication are developed. Simple tests on hardware are presented

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Intelligent Control, 1996., Proceedings of the 1996 IEEE International Symposium on

Date of Conference:

15-18 Sep 1996