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Dual manipulator system of the field hot-line working robot in 110-kV substations

Mingdong Tang (School of Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)
Youlin Gu (School of Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)
Yunjian Zhang (School of Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)
Shigang Wang (School of Mechanical Engineering and Power Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to present a dual manipulator system for aloft hot-line assembly tasks of connection fittings in 110-kv intelligent substation, which is significant to the research on hot-line working robots.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper addresses the challenges of the task and presents a dual manipulator system which can overcome these challenges to realize the robotic assembly of connection fittings in narrow space without impacting the safe distance of both phase to phase and phase to ground. Two manipulators share a same global reference coordinate. The mission of Manipulator 1 is to position the fixed part of connection fittings and screw the bolts on it. Visual computing provides the approximately position for the end-effector of Manipulator 2, after which The Manipulator 2 carries the removable part of connection fittings to this position. Then, the assembly task could be completed with the posture of the Manipulator 2 adjusted following the guidance by force-position control.

Findings

The dual manipulator system can position the target under different illumination conditions and complete fast assembly of connect fittings in 110-kV substation. No strong arc discharge or surface erosion phenomenon has been observed.

Practical implications

This dual manipulator system will be particularly useful for the hot-line assembly of connection fittings in 110-kv intelligent substation, as well as some assembly tasks where uncertain target position and complex contact surface such as cylindrical hole is involved.

Originality/value

This study presents a dual manipulator system used by a field robot working in 110-kv intelligent substation. The system is able to achieve the connection fittings assembly task under energized simulation experimental system. Unlike other peg-in-hole assembly strategy, it does not require high stability of manipulator or plane contact surface around the hole.

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Citation

Tang, M., Gu, Y., Zhang, Y. and Wang, S. (2017), "Dual manipulator system of the field hot-line working robot in 110-kV substations", Industrial Robot, Vol. 44 No. 4, pp. 479-490. https://doi.org/10.1108/IR-11-2016-0320

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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