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Automated robot-based screw insertion system

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3 Author(s)
Lara, B. ; Div. of Eng., King''s Coll., London, UK ; Althoefer, K. ; Seneviratne, L.D.

This paper introduces an automated robot-based system for the insertion of self-tapping screws into unthreaded holes. The system consists of three main components: a manipulator-guided screwdriver, a camera and a system which controls and monitors the overall process. The focus of this paper is on the key stages of the insertion procedure: (a) detection of the insertion location by means of a camera, (b) positioning of the electrical screwdriver employing a manipulator, and (c) appropriately monitored insertion of a screw. Experiments were carried out in order to identify the requirements needed for a fully automated insertion system. Results are presented

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Industrial Electronics Society, 1998. IECON '98. Proceedings of the 24th Annual Conference of the IEEE  (Volume:4 )

Date of Conference:

31 Aug-4 Sep 1998