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Robots are guided through indoor GPS

Robots are guided through indoor GPS Last month Robotics Update posed the question of how robots would operate, and how they would be programmed, in an 'Industry 4.0' environment. In this new model of production, with a change from rigid industrial control to decentralised intelligence, production lines will optimise themselves for greatest efficiency. Products being manufactured will communicate with the production line as they move around it, communicating their needs and being routed around the line as required.

In its September podcast, Robotics Update looks at one possible element of the solution: robots which are guided through indoor GPS. Initially, a robotic cell was developed by Nikon Metrology as part of the 'future factory' concept at the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Sheffield.

Building on this work, Nikon Metrology has developed what it calls Adaptive Robot Control, which it says can provide robot tasks to accuracies of 0.1mm, irrespective of degrading phenomena like play, mechanical flexibility, backlash or thermal effects.

You can listen to the latest Robotics Update podcast here.
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