n South African Journal of Industrial Engineering - Nintendo Wii remotes provide a reconfigurable tool-changing unit with an automatic calibration capability




Modular machines within the reconfigurable manufacturing paradigm require auxiliary modules to enhance the system's capability. A tool-changing unit was developed as one of these auxiliary modules. The unit had to be able to adapt itself efficiently to changes in the configuration of the machine it was servicing. This necessitated the development of a real-time 3D tracking system in order for the unit to sense alterations in the position of the spindle to which it was delivering tools. An economic positioning system was produced using Nintendo Wii remotes. This paper presents the development, implementation, and testing of this positioning system.

Modulêre masjiene binne die herkonfigureerbare vervaardigingsparadigma vereis addisionele modules om die stelsel se vermoë te verbeter. 'n Gereedskap-veranderingseenheid is ontwikkel as een van hierdie modules. Die eenheid moet in staat wees om doeltreffend aan te pas tot veranderinge in die konfigurasie van die masjien. Dit het gelei tot die ontwikkeling van 'n intydse driedimensionele opsporingstelsel sodat die module veranderinge in die posisie van die spil kan bepaal. 'n Ekonomiese posisioneringstelsel is ontwikkel deur die gebruik van Nintendo Wii afstandbeheer kontroles. Hierdie artikel bespreek die ontwikkeling, implementering en toets van die posisioneringstelsel.


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