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Flexible Vision Control System For Precision Robotic Arc Welding
Author(s): Richard W. Richardson
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Paper Abstract

A system is described which is based on a unique weld image sensor design which integrates the optical system into the weld end effector to produce the so-called "coaxial view" of the weld zone. The resulting weld image is processed by a flexible, table driven vision processing system which can be adapted to detect a variety of features and feature relationships. Provision is made for interactive "teaching" of image features for generation of table parameters from test welds. A table driven control program allows various vision control strategies to be invoked. The main result of the system is a level of emulation of the capability of the expert welder or welding operator, essential to successful precision welding robotization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1989
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 1008, Expert Robots for Industrial Use, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949122
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Richard W. Richardson, The Ohio State University (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1008:
Expert Robots for Industrial Use
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Kenneth J. Stout, Editor(s)

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