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Feasibility testing of Robotics and Part handling by Advanced Simulation for Small and Medium sized Enterprises

Project Description



Robotics has found increasing application in UK PLC industry in larger volume applications (by parts count) and in bigger companies (typically multinationals and FTSE350 companies) however its adoption by Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s) has been more problematic. In part this is because of the handling and manipulation devices that typically double the cost of a typical installation and the potentially devastating cost of a wrong decision.

Aim and scope of work

This project seeks to address the lack of use in SME’s by use of a low risk approach to robotisation via simulation (Using Fanuc Roboguide – an industry leading software package- Dr Colin Harrison ) in conjunction with Computer Vision techniques for part manipulation (Dr Mario Mata), use of PTC Creo (Dr Colin Harrison) for design, and the recently improved Rapid Prototyping Capability at GCU. The aim is to devise a flexible advanced gripping and holding system, incorporating force measurement that can be used across a series of SME’s thus defraying the financial risk, and to use Roboguide to demonstrate the financial effectiveness and quantify the benefits. There will also be background research into the local industry in terms of a series of Case studies illustrating aspects of Robotisation on a budget and in order to integrate with local industry using pre-existing contacts via David Semple.

Funding Notes

The successful applicant will hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in a relevant subject (UK 1.1 or 2.1 classification). Good understanding and prior experience of working and thinking independently as an Engineer, including some CAD PTC Creo v5 or similar CAD experience, use of MATLAB incl. Toolboxes, and general programming skills use of Arduino /Orbbec Cameras, will be an advantage.
Candidates are invited to make further enquiries with the Director of Studies, Dr Colin S. Harrison.

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