Classification of robots based on the workspace geometry
Classification of robots based on mode of operation
Classification of robots based on the application (factory/manufacturing and domestic)
Classification of robots based on movement (fixed and mobile)
Unit 2 – Robotic actuators
Benefits and drawbacks
Mechanical components of robots
Robot links and joints
Unit 3 – Robotic sensors
Types of sensors
Navigation and positioning sensors
Accuracy and precision
Safety of workers working around robotic equipment
Moving to an internet based digital infrastructure
Unit 4 -Power supply & control systems
Mains, generator systems and hybrid systems
Battery specifications and types of batteries used in robots
Photovoltaic cells and fuel cells
Open-loop control system
Closed-loop control system
Types of robot control techniques
Proportional control and Integral control
Proportional + integral control (PI)
Proportional + derivative control (PD)
Proportional +integral + derivate control (PID)
Linear time-invariant (lTI) control
Control systems used in robots
XYZ control and positive-stop control
Unit 5 – Kinematics
Reverse/ inverse kinematics
Configuration and workspace
Structure of robots
Based on joints, topology and position
Based on type of contact between the elements
Floating bases and virtual linkages
Joint limits and configuration space
Configurations for parallel mechanisms
End effectors and reachable workspaces
Configurations and configuration space
Degrees of freedom (DOF)
Developments in autonomy
Unit 7 – Robot Maintenance
Components of a robot
Fundamental electrical components
Resistors capacitors inductors transformers
Fuses circuit breakers relays
Robot maintenance methods
Maintenance planning and benefits
Unit 8 – Applications
Application of robots
Search and rescue and security
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