We, Michael Heinke and Felix Steinmüller, would like to present you our final school project of the college for technical automation.
Since summer 2015 we are attending the college for technical automation of BBS I in Mainz to become a certified technician for automation.
Towards the end of this education we are working at our final school project.
The main task of our project is the improvment of a consisting project of former colleques. It is our mission to improve and develop solutions for unsolved problems of the service-robot "Robbut".
Vision Robot as an assistent - Which tasks does the Auto-Rob have?
Our Auto-Rob is able to move free around several floors of different buildings.
Whether assistent in a car workshop, in an ambulance or at home - beside programmed routes, that our robot is able to run autonomously, you will have the opportunity to set the destination of the Auto-Rob with the help of our developed user interface.
Inductive charging station
Two 12 volt batteries represent the power supply of the robot. So the robot is turning without dangerous cables you could stumble over. If the electric energy gets low the robot drives autonomously to the inductive charging station to charge the batteries.
The charging station is one of our most important parts in our network. It provides the reference point in the room geometry. With that reference point our system knows where the Auto-Rob is at moment. That technical implementation is one of the toughest parts of our project.
The robot gets visualized and controlled with a touchscreen of Phoenix Contact. We use the software "Webvisit" to create an interface that shows the room geometry, the current position and certain parameters of the robot. You will be able to set the destination of the Auto-Rob with that interface.
A wireless control by a smartphone or tablet is planned.
Danger of accident? Collision detection!
The Auto-Rob will be able to recognize and avoid barriers with its intelligent collision detection consisting of several sensors.
Different modes and their visualisation
Our robot will move autonomously - moreover we will create intelligent modes that make the Auto-Rob as most as efficient as possible!
The schedule is tight, but if all must-haves are completed and there is enough time left we will work out the design of the robot. Catchword: Satined plastic and LED-stripes. This combination will improve the image of our robot and visualize the running mode very attractively.
The technical requirements are very high. Many different networks have to work together as there are microcontrollers, programmable logic controllers, an industrial PC, the touchscreen and a WAGO-controller.
At the end of our education all our experience and qualifications from job and school are needed, to master the project!
We hope that we aroused your interest in our project and hope you will follow our work. Check our blog regulary - we will record our achievements constantly and let you stay up to date.
Thank you very much!
Michael Heinke und Felix Steinmüller