Accession Number : ADA132070

Title :   Robotics: An Introduction to Today's Robot and Future Trends.

Descriptive Note : Final departmental rept.,

Corporate Author : DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD COMPUTATION MATHEMATICS/LOGISTICS DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Scully,Kevin R

PDF Url : ADA132070

Report Date : Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : A robot consists basically of three components: the power supply, the mechanical unit, and the controller--a microprocessor or minicomputer. The complexity of the control center determines the capabilities of the robot, which vary from material handling, painting, welding, and non-destructive testing, to identifying a given object in a random collection of objects and assembling it with other parts into a complex device. As features such as vision, tactile sensing, mobility, and CAD/CAM move from the research laboratory to the factory floor, robot capabilities will become virtually unlimited. There are three programming techniques available with today's robot: (1) manual lead-through programming; (2) teach pendant programming; and (3) textual language programming. Textual language programming may be done off-line, whereas the other two programming methods are done on-line.

Descriptors :   *Robotics, *Robots, *Computer programming, Automation, Control, Servomechanisms, Artificial intelligence, Detectors, Power supplies, Mechanical components, Control systems, Microprocessors, Minicomputers, Vision, Touch, Mobility, Computer aided design, Interfaces, Industrial production

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware
      Bionics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE