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Development of a Portable Welding Robot for Welding Jobs in Ship Blocks

조선소의 대형블록 용접을 위한 인력 운반형 용접로봇 개발

  • Park, Juyi (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Jin-Wook (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Jung-Min (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Ji-Yoon (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Woongji (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.) ;
  • Kim, Soo-Ho (Mechanical & Electric R&D Institute, Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Co. Ltd.)
  • Received : 2013.12.20
  • Accepted : 2014.05.13
  • Published : 2014.07.01

Abstract

This paper represents a portable robot for use in the welding process of the double hulls in shipbuilding yards. It has 5 degrees of freedom and 3kg of payload. Its body weight is 17.3 [kg] so that human workers can carry it by hand to the work place. Its body is mainly made of magnesium and aluminum alloys. Since the robot is placed about 25m apart from its controller, EtherCAT is adopted for reliable connection between the robot and controller through a single light cable. RTX real-time kernel and KPA EtherCAT master are used to control the robot on a Windows XP environment. The performance of the developed robot is satisfactory to the requirement in welding tasks of U-type cells in shipbuilding yards.

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