The project of Training and Research Centre of Industrial Robotics for Moscow State University of Technology STANKIN was performed on request of the University management within the process of implementation of new information and communication technologies in the educational process and research activities of the University.
Moscow State University of Technology STANKIN is a mechanical-engineering high educational establishment, one of nine strategic universities in Russia. It was established as Moscow Machine Tool Institute in 1930. The University comprises three faculties: the Faculty of Engineering Technology and Equipment (ETE), the Faculty of Information Technology and Control Systems (ITCS), and the Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM). Today, STANKIN is not just an educational establishment, but a training, scientific and production complex, including Institute for Design-Engineering Informatics of RAS as well as a number of scientific, training and production centers.
The project goal is to create Training and Research Centre of Industrial Robotics equipped with modern AV aids and industrial manipulators. According to the concept, the Center will train future specialists for innovative robotic production and design and research activities in the sphere of machine tool engineering.
The designed solution is a universal complex for industrial robotics investigations that can provide for simultaneous work of 12 students. The Center is aimed at studying basics of industrial robots-manipulators programming by the example of a full-function manipulator (the exact model will be stipulated below). The industrial manipulator used for the training process has seven degrees of freedom, a wide range of removable accessories and software for modeling, programming and testing in simulation modes different technological processes such as: arch welding, laser cutting, feedback sensor operation, mechanical processing, palletizing, manipulation issues, drawing, mechanical cutting, and etc., AV aids and industrial manipulators.
There is a special table envisaged for the robot to be placed. By means of LED-lightening the table is divided into 12 sectors that can be highlighted with any color, or grouped by colors, thus, dividing students into research teams.
When working with the industrial robot, the necessary level of user’s safety is ensured by ARM-Safety- Edu-I© system. It is designed as a wireless laser barrier system just like at production sites. The system has a special feature: the robot is operating within its work area, and users can stand at any place around the table behind an invisible cylindrical barrier.
In case of human or other foreign objects penetration into the work area of the robot, or if the robot goes beyond the work area, the system automatically switches the robot off.
For information display, there is an interactive video wall made from Flame LCD panels with an ultra narrow frame, 55” in diagonal, structured as 3х2 modules. There are additional display devices: three Flame LCD panels, 55” in diagonal, of high resolution 1,920х1,080, with contour LED highlighting. Additional LCD panels are installed on each side of the video wall and serve as digital posters.
Workplaces of students and a teacher are equipped with Acer tablet PCs with docking stations and a sensor display. An image is wirelessly displayed from students’ tablets by means of program facilities.