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A Low-Cost Automated Fastener Painting Method Based on Machine Vision

Zhao, Ran; Drouot, Adrien; Griffin, Joseph; Crossley, Richard; Ratchev, Svetan

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Authors

Ran Zhao

Adrien Drouot

Joseph Griffin

Richard Crossley

Professor SVETAN RATCHEV svetan.ratchev@nottingham.ac.uk
Cripps Professor of Production Engineering & Head of Research Division



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Abstract

Fastener painting of aerospace structures, in particular legacy products , relies heavily on the skill or rather craftsmanship of the human operator. This process is time-consuming while automated operations with industrial robots can be a more efficient solution. Spray painting robots have been widely used in industry, however, they are not suitable for painting fasteners individually because it will cause a significant waste of materials. Thus, it is essential to develop proper tools and automated methods to replace manual work in order to reduce the cost and improve product quality. This research topic has been receiving more and more attention from both academia and industry. In this article, we present a low-cost and flexible solution for automated fastener painting using a painting dabber and machine vision. A specific nozzle for the dabber is designed to apply paint on fasteners. The system locates the fasteners on aerospace structures with a Cognex camera, then painting is done by the robot with off-line programming. Experimental results show the effectiveness and practicality of automated painting system developed in this paper.

Citation

Zhao, R., Drouot, A., Griffin, J., Crossley, R., & Ratchev, S. (2019). A Low-Cost Automated Fastener Painting Method Based on Machine Vision. In S. Ratchev (Ed.), Precision Assembly in the Digital Age: 8th IFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar, IPAS 2018, Chamonix, France, January 14—16, 2018, Revised Selected Papers (92-100). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05931-6_9

Conference Name 8th IFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar, IPAS 2018
Conference Location Chamonix, France
Start Date Jan 14, 2018
End Date Feb 16, 2018
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2018
Online Publication Date Dec 31, 2018
Publication Date Dec 31, 2019
Deposit Date Feb 11, 2019
Publicly Available Date Jan 1, 2020
Publisher Springer
Volume 530
Pages 92-100
Series Title IFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
Series Number 530
Series ISSN 1868-422X
Book Title Precision Assembly in the Digital Age: 8th IFIP WG 5.5 International Precision Assembly Seminar, IPAS 2018, Chamonix, France, January 14—16, 2018, Revised Selected Papers
ISBN 9783030059309
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-05931-6_9
Keywords Low-cost; Automated Fastener Painting; Machine Vision
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1534847
Publisher URL https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-030-05931-6_9
Additional Information Conference Acronym: IPAS; Conference Name: International Precision Assembly Seminar; Conference City: Chamonix; Conference Country: France; Conference Year: 2018; Conference Start Date: 14 January 2018; Conference End Date: 16 January 2018; Conference Number: 8; Conference ID: ipas-ifip2018; Conference URL: http://www.ipas-seminar.com/

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