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Development of a laser-based seam tracking system for real-time industrial robot welding applications
Author(s): George Agapiou; A. Economou; C. Kassiouras; S. Kontoyannis; Alexandros Papayannis; Alexander A. Serafetinides; M. Siniyalia
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Paper Abstract

The development of a novel laser-based seam tracking system for real-time industrial robot welding applications is presented. The system is based on a infrared diode laser, able to scan perpendicularly the seam joint using a laser scanner. A dedicated CCD camera collects the reflected laser light and the relative distance of the surface points under the sensor, form the sensor itself, is then calculated by simple triangulation techniques. The features of the seam profile such as the joint position and geometry are extracted and measured, with a precision of a some microns. In this paper the main components of the novel laser-based seam tracking system will be presented, as well as preliminary results obtained by our system. The laser-based seam tracking system will be of low cost, simple to use a nd rugged enough to provide trouble-free service in any welding or hostile industrial environment. This system will be the first to be developed and installed in Greece.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 December 1996
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3052, Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications, (27 December 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.262958
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George Agapiou, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
A. Economou, Zenon SA Industrial Applications (Greece)
C. Kassiouras, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
S. Kontoyannis, Zenon SA Industrial Applications (Greece)
Alexandros Papayannis, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
Alexander A. Serafetinides, National Technical Univ. of Athens (Greece)
M. Siniyalia, Zenon SA Industrial Applications (Greece)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3052:
Ninth International School on Quantum Electronics: Lasers--Physics and Applications
Peter A. Atanasov, Editor(s)

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