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Optical measurement of position and size of wood panels for intelligent automation of sanding machines

Objective

The project tackles problems for automation of wood-sanding machine, in 24 months through the development of a robotic agency based on 3 interacting agents: a) an optical sensing system to detect wood panel shape and position b) an intelligent control system c) driving an improved array of pneumatic actuators. In order to control the sanding process and to optimise panel surface finish it is necessary that panel dimensions, shape and position are measured on line, while the panel is moving on the transport belt and entering the machine and that actuators are controlled in force in order to apply the required force distribution on the panel surface, so that each part of the panel is machined at the desired pressure level. This Co-Operative research project is designed on the needs of a cluster of complementary SMEs, which operate in different business areas. 1. VIET SpA -Manufacturer of wood-working machines (IT) 2. Fluid Automation Systems s.a.-FAS-Manufacturer of pneumatic valves and actuators for automation (CH) 3. Sibois-Supplier for furniture industry, expertise in wood-working machinery (F) 4. MEL Mikroelectronic GmbH-Manufacturer of optical sensors (D) RTD performers 1. Universita Politecnica delle Marche-UNiuPMN-Research and development on structured illumination systems and advanced sensing for mechanichs-Project COORDINATOR (IT) 2. Politecnico di Milano-Research and development on intelligent control systems fuzzy logic and on image acquisition and processing (IT) 3. Advanced Computer Vision GmbH-Research and development of image processing (AT) END-USER 1. COSMOB Consorzio del Mobile-Service center for furniture industry (IT) The project has 7 Work-Packages; the first 4 WPs output at month 12 an innovative optical sensing system, an intelligent control and a new pneumatic actuator. System integration on a machine is in WP5; WP6 will test performance of the prototype sanding machine. WP7 will manage and coordinate activities, thr

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors/optical sensors
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/paper and wood
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computer vision
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/artificial intelligence/computational intelligence

Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

VIET S.P.A
Address
Via Montefeltro 11
Pesaro
Italy

Participants (7)

FLUID AUTOMATION SYSTEM SA
Switzerland
Address
Route De L'etraz 126
Versoix (Geneva)
SIBOIS S.A.
France
Address
Rue De La Gare 24A
Marienthal
MEL MIKRO-ELEKTRONIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Breslauerstr. 2
Eching
COSMOB, CONSORZIO DEL MOBILE, S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Piazza Lazzarini- Galleria Roma Scala B
Pesaro
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DELLE MARCHE
Italy
Address
Piazza Roma 22
Ancona
POLITECNICO DI MILANO
Italy
Address
Piazza Leonardo Da Vinci 32
Milano
ADVANCED COMPUTER VISION GMBH-ACV
Austria
Address
Donau-city-strasse 1
Wien