There are a limited number of workers willing to take on the dangerous tasks of manual welding and brazing. This project seeks an automated solution to maintain the human role while improving working conditions.

Project

Current precision brazing operations rely on highly manual processes in hazardous environments with high temperatures and noxious fumes. As such, there are a limited number of skilled welders to perform these processes. This project seeks a collaborative robotic solution to supplement the workforce gap through a system where the robot ensures precise flame and temperature control while a skilled operator performs quality control and adds filler material.

Objective

This project seeks to automate a process that is currently completed manually in a highly hazardous environment. This project seeks to maintain the human expertise while improving working conditions and automating the dangerous tasks.

Technical Approach

The anticipated project outputs include the following:

  • Stimulation-driven advisor robot library in ROS for control of brazing process
  • Software libraries in ROS for registration, path planning, and flame control

Participants

Siemens (PI), University of California Berkeley, Schlumberger, FANUC