|About the book|
Robotics technology is currently deployed for carrying out multifaceted functions in the areas of fabrication and processing, particularly, in material handling, machine loading, welding, machining, inspection, etc. However, these commercial robots are stiff mechanical units with an elbow, a wrist and usually two fingers without any mobility and with no sense of feeling, hearing, and seeing. The future trends of robotics point towards research on developing intelligent systems like robotic vehicles, space robots, robots for biological and medical application as well as networked robots!
The authors, who have over four decades of experience in the industry and academia, have enhanced the coverage of the work by comprehensively adding the latest developments in the field. New topics include robot dynamics, drives, actuator systems, mechatronics, modeling of intelligent systems based on soft computing techniques, CAD/CAM based numerical control part programming, robotic assembly in CIM environment and other industrial applications.
Robotics Technology and Flexible Automation will be useful to practising engineers and graduate students interested and engaged in research.
|About the author|
S. R. Deb
Prof. S R Deb obtained his B.E., M.E. and Ph.D degrees from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. After working in the industry for some time. He obtained as faculty of Mechanical Engineering at Jadavpur University. He has more than 40 years of experience in the field of robotics and manufacturing. He conducted several courses on Robotics, Automation, CNC and Computer Integrated Manufacturing at UG and PG levels at universities and industry in India and abroad. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Intelligent machines and Robots (CIMAR), University of Florida, USA, a Visiting Professor at UMIST, UK, and Institute of Problems in Mechanics, Academy of Soviet Science, Moscow. He underwent training in the operation and maintenance of robots at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Japan. He established Automation and Robotics Laboratory at Jadavpur University. He was the member of many working groups on Robotics sponsored by the Government of India. He was also Professor of Production Engineering, Jadavpur University and was Director of several engineering colleges in West Bengal. He designed several UG and PG courses at the University level in Robotics and Production Engineering. He published many research papers in journals of repute and authored two books. He received awards from several professional bodies for his contributions in robotics research.
Dr Sankha Deb obtained his Ph.D. degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Montreal, Canada after completing M.Tech degree in Manufacturing Process Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He served as Assistant Professor in the Centre for Soft Computing Research at Indian Statistical Institute Kolkata and also in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He was invited as a Visiting Professor in University of Montreal, Canada in 2008 and 2009. He also served the Industry for a year. Presently he is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur. He has published research papers in International Journals of repute. His areas of interest are Computer Integrated Manufacturing, Automation and Robotics, and Soft Computing.
|Table of contents|
1. Robotics: History, Present Status and Future Trends
2. Robot Kinematics and Dynamics
3. Robot Drives, Actuators and Control
4. Robot End-Effectors
5. Sensors and Intelligent Robots
6. Robot Languages and Programming
7. Mechatronics and Computer Interfacing
8. Flexible Automation Technology
9. Quantitative Techniques for Economic Performance
10. Applications of Robots