Posts Tagged ‘toxic’

Dipping with the Dobot Magician

Pick and place and moving things around are staples of industrial robots.  Another reason to use robots in industry and automation is because of danger to humans. Robots can work in environments that are adverse to humans; especially toxic and/or adverse environments.

Sometimes the best way to pick up an object is with a suction cup or vacuum gripper.  This works especially well with very small objects as well as large, and provides a cheaper alternative to a mechanical gripper.

In this activity, you will perform a chemical dipping operation with a robot arm using the air pump kit and a vacuum gripper.
  • Go home
  • Pick up the cylinder from the pallet
  • Dip it in Tank 1 for 2 seconds
  • Move the object and dip it in Tank 2 for 2 seconds
  • Move the object and dip it in Tank 3 for 2 seconds
  • Move the part back to the pallet.
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CalPoly Pomona: Factory Smackdown!

The new CIM (Computer Integrated Manufacturing) teachers at CalPoly Pomona’s CTI successfully completed another “Factory Smackdown”.  See the videos below!

Concierge Factory:

In our factory cell an AGV stops at each of four stations, where a signal is sent to a robotic arm. The arm picks up a product, places it into the package, then sends a signal to the AGV to rotate the pack and move to the next station. Once the package is full, the AGV offloads it onto the shipping dock.
In our factory cell an AGV stops at each of four stations, where a signal is sent to a robotic arm. The arm picks up a product, places it into the package, then sends a signal to the AGV to rotate the pack and move to the next station. Once the package is full, the AGV offloads it onto the shipping dock.

Fruit Sorter:

By using VEX and Lynxmotion we created a fruit sorting factory. The Lynxmotion robots grabbed the fruit from the funnel line, placed the fruit at the color sensor(aka line sensor) then placed the fruit into the correct bin. The AGV then took the fruit away, and the system started all over again.
Special Thanks to~ Our Master Teachers Chris Hurd and Moises Gonzalez and our group members: Khris Kading, Martin Velasio, Donnie Whitworth, Rich Mayfield, Candy Drabek, and Gary Potter.

Toxic Waste

Cal Poly Pomona CIM Core Training, 2016. Team Toxic Hurd takes on the challenge of packaging, containing, sealing and transporting toxic waste, practice golf balls. This factory cell uses two Lynx Robotic Arms and two VEX Cortex. The Lynx arms and the Cortex communicated with each other to signal the ‘handshake’ required to keep all the operations ruining on time.   The Lynx arms are controlled with Flowarm, and the Cortex was programmed with  RobotC.

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Example Factories

Question:

Do you have any sample factories I can show my students to get them excited?

Solution:

Sure do…. see the links below!  Be sure to send us any that you and your students do… we would love to feature them here!

CalPoly’s 2015 Factory that Assembles the lid to a container that was built in the previous unit of the CIM course.

That’s right…. CalPoly built TWO factories this year! This one does a powder coating operation on a metal part.

Would you like to see a playlist of older factories built at previous CTI’s? Click on the video below to get a playlist of many more.

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