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Robotic Arc Welding: Research in Sensory Feedback Control

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1 Author(s)
Cook, G.E. ; Electrical and Biomedical Engineering Department, Vanderbilt University, Box 2215, Station B, Nashville, TN 37235.

Robotic arc welding and its dependence on sensory feed-back control for successful application is discussed. Problems unique to arc weld sensing are identified and sensor requirements are categorized as a function of welding design requirements, joint imperfections, weld shape deviations, and process characteristics. The two most prevalent approaches of weld sensing, i.e., optical and through-the arc sensing, are covered.

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Industrial Electronics, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:IE-30 ,  Issue: 3 )