DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTELLIGENT SYSTEM FOR FLAME STRAIGHTENING PANEL STRUCTURES--DEVICES AND ALGORITHMS TO BE USED WITH ROBOTS

Distortions that occur during the assembly of steel panel structures can be removed by flame straightening--a technique that has been used for a number of years in the shipbuilding industry. Correct skill to perform this technique is acquired by many years of experience. The industry is concerned now about the decreasing number of skilled workers. What is needed to improve the situation is to develop a robot not necessarily capable of replacing a human worker, but of helping the worker. This paper discusses results obtained thus far in a research program aimed at developing an intelligent machine capable of performing flame straightening on a deck of a ship superstructure. The discussion covers (a) a concept of an algorithm to determine heating conditions, and (b) sensors needed for "in-process" sensing and for controlling robot movements.

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    • Journal article
  • Authors:
    • Masubuchi, K
    • Imakita, A
    • Miyachi, H
  • Publication Date: 1988-11

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 7p., incl. discuss.
  • Serial:
    • Journal of Ship Production
    • Volume: 4
    • Issue Number: No.4
    • Publisher: Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
    • ISSN: 8756-1417

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00656280
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Maritime Technical Information Facility
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 21 1994 12:00AM