In the robotics lab we test methods for automatic handling and finisting with the help of industrial robots. We use conveyor belts, feeds amd equipment to send components through production and assembly lines, such that the entire process can function without the need for human intervention.
We have several large and small robots that are capable of a variety of production types — from the mounting of mechanical components to the handling of food stuffs.
Professor Terje Lien,
Our Industrial Robots
| Adept: |
We have two adept robots that are used both in student exercises and research projects. These are quick and precise robots, suitable for rapid assembly of relatively small components. The picture shows an Adept Cobra, and the other is an Adept Six (six axes robot) - both have an operational vision system.
| ABB: |
This robot is today mainly used in student exercises to teach our students robot programming, as it has a simpler user interface than the Nachi robots.
| Nachi: |
Our two Nachi robots are mainly used in research projects. These are relatively accurate robots with higher load capacity than the Adept robots. These are set up to work with 3D camera vision.
| Universal Robots: |
These four robots are our newest, with a simple touch-screen interface. They are not as accurate as the Nachi robots, and have a lower load capacity than the Nachi and ABB robots. The picture displays a robot guiding a laser measurement device and a camera.
Gemini Center - Advanced Robotics
The Gemini Centre for Advanced Robotics is a collaboration between the Department of Production and Quality Engineering, Department of Engineering Cybernetics, and SINTEF ICT. This Gemini centre works with the development of advanced robotics solutions with industrial and offshore applications. In particular, it works with the development of feeler based solutions, in which the robots increase their "proficiency" through the use of feeler signals to correct their movements.
Modern production methods seek to complete assembly of industry products more efficiently through the use of robots, digital cameras, and computers technology. These are elements of the new technique called e-production. The photo shows a concrete experiment concerning the production automation in a Norwegian company.