Robot Classifications

This module introduces students to the fundamentals of robot environments and control systems. In addition, the module introduces essential concepts such as adaptive control and dynamic control and describes the various classifications of robot movement.  The module also covers servo and non-servo systems as well as an introduction to drive systems. The principles of line tracking robots and their control characteristics are provided emphasizing practical applications and troubleshooting techniques. Theoretical areas of study include point-to-point control and continuous path robot applications.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this module the student will be able to:

  • Explain the process for selecting a robot
  • Define the domain of operation of a robot
  • Identify six environments a robot can operate in
  • List an industrial robot’s three most important subsystems
  • Describe the differences between adaptive control and limited dynamic control
  • Name the four classifications of movement of a robot
  • Differentiate between servo- and non-servo control systems
  • Define point-to-point control
  • Describe three characteristics of a continuous path robot
  • Name the two most popular types of drive systems used in industrial robots
  • Explain the purpose of line tracking in robotic applications
  • Determine tool length using a tool center point (TCP)
  • List two advantages of distributed robots