The development of a robotic coarse-to-fine positioning system

Read, Sebastian E. A. (2013-03)

Thesis (MScEng)--Stellenbosch University, 2013.

Thesis

ENGLISH ABSTRACT: There is a need for a coarse-to-fine positioning system as per a case study presented by the project collaboration partner, the Technical University of Chemnitz. The case study involves the picking and placing of piezo-ceramic micro parts into milled micro cavities. The focus of the project is the creation and development of a systematic approach for the design and the implementation of a coarse-to-fine positioning system for micro material handling. A second focus is to determine the applicability of the system for highly accurate and repeatable micro drilling and micro-milling. A systematic approach entails combining innovation management (assists in overall project structure), systems engineering (assists in specific design steps and tools) and research questions. Micro-milling was achieved, however the system proved unsuitable for highly accurate and repeatable micro drilling. The coarse-to-fine positioning system was successfully designed, built, and tested for accurate micro material handling.

AFRIKAANSE OPSOMMING: Daar bestaan ’n behoefte aan ’n grof-tot-fyn-posisioneringstelsel - soos blyk uit die gevallestudie uiteengesit deur die samewerkende projekvennoot, die Tegniese Universiteit van Chemnitz. Die gevallestudie behels die uitsoek en plasing van piezo-keramiek partikels in gefreesde mikroholtes. Hierdie projek het gefokus op die skepping en ontwikkeling van ’n stelselmatige benadering tot die ontwerp en implementering van ’n grof-tot-fyn-posisioneringstelsel vir mikromateriaalhantering en mikromasjienering. ’n Stelselmatige benadering behels dat innovasiebestuur (hulp met die algehele projekstruktuur), stelselingenieurswese (hulp met spesifieke ontwerpstappe en -hulpmiddels) en navorsingsdoelwitte gekombineer word. Die geïmplementeerde stelsel is eksperimenteel getoets en daar is bevind dat dit aan die spesifikasies en vereistes voldoen.

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