Introduction to Robotics

This module is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental concepts of robotics and describe some basic applications. It covers operating principles of a manipulator and describes four types of actuators found in industry. The history of robotics is presented, as well as an overview of the main applications of industrial robots. The advantages of robots are also outlined, and the main components associated with robotic systems are explored. An introduction to robot cost/benefit analysis is presented and the most common non-industrial applications of robots are explored.

Learning Outcomes:

  • List the main components of a robot.
  • Describe the operating principles of a manipulator.
  • Identify four types of actuators.
  • Explain the role of Devol and Engelberger in robotics history.
  • Define the terms ROV and TROV.
  • Name the two types of robot arms.
  • List five non-industrial applications of robots.
  • Explain the purpose of a controller in a robotic system.
  • Describe two cost/benefit analysis factors related to production volumes.
  • Identify seven factors which should be considered when selecting a robot.
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