The Reliable Design and Implementation of an Automatic Glass Furnace Feeding Robot for the SME Glass Industry
Jianjun Yuan, Weijun Zhang, and Qiang Li
Robotics Institute, School of Mechanical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, No.800, Dong Chuan Road, Min Hang District, Shanghai 200240, China
This paper is a technical report which discusses a selfdeveloped automatic robot (machine) for glass furnace feeding. It was designed for use in a small-scale glass industry, in which most factories are still feeding small, old fashioned furnaces manually. The huge robot discussed in this paper is intended to substitute for exhausted workers. It was designed with four degrees of freedom and a planar manipulator structure, including X-axis and Y-axis translations, Z-axis rotation, and a belt scrolling motion for feeding the granular glass material into the furnace. The development and implementation of the mechanical and control systems are analyzed, including design considerations, motion using the teaching playback method, and feeding path planning. To ensure system safety and reliability, the necessity and the design of a redundant control systemare presented. Finally, the feeding quantity and quality control are discussed. Unlike other feeding machines, the robot fully utilizes robotic control components and technologies, which is considered another approach to real robotics application.
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