Design Project: automated machine to pick up and sort tool hardware


by ltruong
Tags: automated, design, hardware, machine, pick, project, sort, tool
ltruong
ltruong is offline
#1
Apr21-11, 07:55 PM
P: 1
For my senior design project, we have to create an automated system that can go into a room and pick up hardware off the floor (screws, nails, bolts, etc) and be able to sort them efficiently.

As of now, we have come up with a roomba-like system that roams the room with a dust-pan/sweeper to pick up the objects and a system of conveyor belts within the machine.

The problem is coming across a pile of screws and nails. If multiply objects come in at once, they must be separated in order for us to have the program use image processing to recognize which object it actually is.

We have a conveyor belt that will lead the objects to a vibrating corrugated ramp that will help to separate the objects and dispense them (more) separately onto another conveyor belt. The second conveyor belt will then have the image processing center and have actuators to move the parts into their respective areas.

Any other ideas?
Phys.Org News Partner Science news on Phys.org
Cougars' diverse diet helped them survive the Pleistocene mass extinction
Cyber risks can cause disruption on scale of 2008 crisis, study says
Mantis shrimp stronger than airplanes

Register to reply

Related Discussions
Lathe Machine ( Cutting tool model) Engineering, Comp Sci, & Technology Homework 0
Air consumption of machine tool Mechanical Engineering 4
Material in machine tool body (milling machine) Materials & Chemical Engineering 0