TCP/IP facilitated flexible robotics controller

Kotze, Johannes Marthinus Albertus (2007-03)

Thesis (MScEng (Industrial Engineering))--University of Stellenbosch, 2007.


Robot control by TCP/IP communication is investigated in this thesis for existing robots used in tertiary education. The request for newer software for robotic computer control came from the University of Stellenbosch Industrial Engineering department where existing software dating back to 1988 is still in use. A thorough investigation into the research and technologies available is followed by a discussion on the proposed software to adhere to the requirement of compatibility with existing languages in use by the department and provide tools to assist in future research in robotic manipulators and control. The proposed software solution uses a client/server model running over an IP-based network providing online and offline programming with visual feedback by means of video streaming and 3D simulations, developed as separate modules combined into an effective tool for future research and development.

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