Task oriented area partitioning and allocation for optimal operation of multiple industrial robots in unstructured environments

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Conference Proceeding
2014 13th International Conference on Control Automation Robotics and Vision, ICARCV 2014, 2014, pp. 1184 - 1189
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© 2014 IEEE. When multiple industrial robots are deployed in field applications such as grit blasting and spray painting of steel bridges, the environments are unstructured for robot operation and the robot positions may not be arranged accurately. Coordination of these multiple robots to maximize productivity through area partitioning and allocation is crucial. This paper presents a novel approach to area partitioning and allocation by utilizing multiobjective optimization and voronoi partitioning. Multiobjective optimization is used to minimize: (1) completion time, (2) proximity of the allocated area to the robot, and (3) the torque experienced by each joint of the robot during task execution. Seed points of the voronoi graph for voronoi partitioning are designed to be the design variables of the multiobjective optimization algorithm. Results of three different simulation scenarios are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach and the advantage of incorporating robots' torque capacity.
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