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Title: Walk-through programmed robot for welding in shipyards
Authors: Ang Jr., M.H. 
Lin, W.
Lim, S.-Y.
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Ang Jr., M.H.,Lin, W.,Lim, S.-Y. (1999). Walk-through programmed robot for welding in shipyards. Industrial Robot 26 (5) : 377-388. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Automating the welding process for the shipbuilding industry is very challenging and important, as this industry relies heavily on quality welds. Conventional robotic welding systems are seldom used because the welding tasks in shipyards are characterised by non-standardised workpieces which are large but small in batch sizes. Furthermore, geometries and locations of the workpieces are uncertain. To tackle the problem, a Ship Welding Robot System (SWERS) has been developed for the welding process. The main features of the SWERS include a special teaching procedure that allows the human user to teach the robot welding paths at a much easier and faster pace. In addition, operation of the system is made easier through a custom designed man-machine interface. Through this interface, only a few buttons need to be pressed to command the robot into different modes. Optimised welding parameters can be selected from a large database through a Graphical User Interface system.
Source Title: Industrial Robot
ISSN: 0143991X
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