Manipulation of a flexible object by dual manipulators

Kazuhiro Kosuge, Masaru Sakai, Kiyoshi Kanitani, Hidehiro Yoshida, Toshio Fukuda

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In this paper, we propose a control algorithm of dual manipulators handling a flexible sheet metal. How to bend a sheet metal and how to manipulate the deformed sheet are discussed in this paper. First we derive the relation between the static deformation of the sheet metal and the bending moments exerted on the sheet using the Lagrange's equation based on a finite element model of the sheet. We then design a control algorithm by which the motion of the manipulated sheet is controlled using the resultant force applied to the sheet and the deformation of the sheet is controlled using the internal force applied to the sheet. Since the rigidity of the deformed sheet is not uniform, that is, the stiffness of the deformed sheet may depend on the direction along which the external force is applied, we cannot use the compliance of the flexible sheet for tasks having interactions between the sheet and its environment. The proposed control algorithm is designed so that the apparent impedance of the manipulated sheet metal is specified. The experimental results using industrial robots will illustrate the validity of the proposed control system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)318-323
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings - IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Publication statusPublished - 1995 Jan 1
EventProceedings of the 1995 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation. Part 1 (of 3) - Nagoya, Jpn
Duration: 1995 May 211995 May 27

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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