Robotics (Page 2)

Robotics and Automation.

I once knew a dogbert, i will not name him. Yet his words resonated as true again and again. Once when someone asked him .. “Where the highest value can be created, in an engineered product?”. He reveled a profound secret, that is only discussed in whispers in the backrooms of high-tech upstarts. I will attempt to phrase it in a more concise manner.

“When the raw materials transform into an Engineered product, the highest engineering value is both in the manufacturing process machinery and the manufactured product; If and only if, that product has mechanical, electrical, electronic and computing elements in its composition.” – This was Mechatronics?

In essence it appeared to be a CNC machine, but not exactly, CNC too and much more. Robotics is a pinnacle of this collage. Then an Intelligent Embedded Control System with sensors, switches, tachos, drives and motor a part of Mechatronics. Looks like control engineering, a sub-section of mechatronics too. Control engineering is also an independent science. Can’t leave out Intelligent machinery and Complex Gadgets.

Without chemical, component and materials engineering all the above cannot materialize. They create the inputs and technologies to the systems above.

Finally two examples for Mechatronic Marvels – One the Lone Martian called Rover (like Wall-E) and the Ultra Busy HardDisk HDD in your own Computer.

Mechatronics a Montage of All Engineering

Related Sciences

Systems Engineering – Managing and Integrating a Large Engineered System Solution. Includes Process, Project, Time, Work-flow, Co-ordination and Communication. (Means .. many Crimson Ties and a lot of Meetings ;-)

Mems – Micro, Electronic/Electrical, Mechanical Systems. Start Reading in detail about it, but never skip Lunch. –

  1. Mechatronics Tutorial Information
  2. Mechatronics – National Instruments
  3. Mechatronics Resources
  4. Mechatronic Tips
  5. Mechatronics – Sun Equipment Corporation
  6. Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
  7. University of Wisconsin – Madison : Mechatronics Lab

Mechanical Engineering, Robotics, Mechatronics. Manufacturing Technologies and Engineering Materials.

Anwheel Methods – Mechanical and Mechatronics

At last a found the right way to use my Anwheel.com domain. It started as a home for tuned search, then news. Now it comes into the Engineering Domain. Revolving around Electronics Technologies.

From Anwheel Methods – Mechanical, Robotics, Mechatronics

This now will be a permanent home for Mechanical related resources as seen by an Electronics Engineer who has Mechanical Shop experience. I do not use any machines or special tools anymore.

Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo – “Molecubes – an attractive programmable robotics system Molecubes could play a significant role in technical training in the near future. These cubes, fitted with computer chips, can be successively attached to each other.”

Festo Bionic Learning Network
Molecubes Bionic Learning Network Festo
“Bionic design principles serve as the basis for the development of new gripper technology for flexible adaptive grasping in the mechanical handling industry…”


Here Festo is helping students of Robotics and Automation learn from nature’s intricate and sophisticated Nueromuscular Systems. I am using the word Nueromuscular in a different way, here it means Wires (Nerves), Control System (Brain, Spinal cord), Solenoids & Valves (Muscular System).

These Bionic Systems can also be used the other way around, they can be designed for Reinforcing/Replacing Weak or Lost Limbs. Even a person with a handicap, can do most tasks on his own, aided by the Bionic Appendages.

Study These Resources to understand Bionics which is closely related to Robotics and Automation.

An accelerometer is a device that measures non-gravitational accelerations. These are accelerations produced by mechanically accelerating the accelerometer via its casing. – Accelerometer Wikipedia

Sci-Spot.com – Accelerometer – An accelerometer is a device which measures acceleration; how fast it’s speeding up. In the past an accelerometer could be a complex, bulky piece of equipment, but in today’s world, accelerometers are available as single ic’s and use complex microscale machining technology.

The MMA7260Q is a 3-axis accelerometer – Tom Igoe – The MMA7260Q is a 3-axis accelerometer from Freescale Semiconductor.

Balancing robot needs gyroscope and accelerometer

Populated Gryo PCB

ADXRS150 and ADXRS300 piezo-gyroscope integrated circuit, The gyro is very small at about 5mm square (about 0.3 inches square). You can see the small combo gyro PCB mounted vertically in the center section on the balancing robot

ADXL105 Lower-Noise Wider-Bandwidth Accelerometer – The ADXL105, a near-ideal kind of vibration sensor, eliminates significant problems with existing vibration sensors, such as piezoelectric and bulk capacitive sensors. Primary benefits derive from much lower cost, stable sensitivity as a function of frequency and temperature, ruggedness, and ease of use. Besides machine health and condition monitoring, it is particularly well suited for noise and vibration cancellation applications. triple axis accelerometer

AccelR8 is a device for measuring acceleration – AccelR8 is a device for measuring acceleration. It can measure +/- 2 g. As it contains a microprocessor, it an also measure time.

A beginner’s guide to accelerometers – By measuring the amount of static acceleration due to gravity, you can find out the angle the device is tilted at with respect to the earth. By sensing the amount of dynamic acceleration, you can analyze the way the device is moving.

Society of Robots’ tilt to servo control app – How does it work? Inside an accelerator MEMS device are tiny micro-structures that bend due to momentum and gravity. When it experiences any form of acceleration, these tiny structures bend by an equivelent amount which can be electrically detected

David T.’s motor balancing experiments – Using an oscilloscope to measure AC vibration signals generated by an accelerometer (from Dimension Engineering).

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Robotics is the Magnum Opus of Engineering, It combines Electronics, Mechanical, Computing and also the toughest science know to mankind…. Wireless Networking!

Ethernet Networking itself is complex, A self healing, hack proof and plug-play Wireless Router has to be the first step to make safe robots.

From Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots to Androids

Just imagine a Wireless Router or even a Internet Router as easy to tune as a FM radio, no entering numbers, no admin with browser. Just keep it in a room and all gadgets and computers form a fuzzy network, all by themselves. The very idea of technology is to make things simple, cost-effective and efficient.

The real need of robots now is to avoid Humans in Hazardous Environment. Right from Outer Space to working in a Plant with Toxic Chemical Gases, Even machinery and equipment that injures the limbs or damages the eyes.

Virtualization in Robotics –

If workers can wear a coat of sensors with force feedback actuators, they can control a semi-automatic robot in Real-Time. This enables a worker to navigate a robot into a hazardous environment, perform an upgrade or make repairs. An accident or mishap will damage the robot and it can be easily rebuilt or maintained.

The robot is automatic and will have reflexes defined by software. The wireless networking will connect the Robot mechanically to a human in a safe enclosure. This makes the Worker present virtually inside the Robot, because he is connected by optical, aural and mechanical-muscle feedback-sensors. This will create Virtual Anthropomorphic Robots for Industrial use and may help to finally develop Fuzzy Robots or Androids, which is still in the relm of science fiction.

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