Manipulators and End Effectors

This module is designed to cover the fundamentals of manipulators, links, and joints.  Ohm's law, work, energy and power. A discussion of kinematics and haptic technology is presented, as well as dextrous manipulation, and an overview of the basic coordinate systems for a robot manipulator.   The theoretical and practical aspects of manipulators and spatial analysis are introduced in this module using a combination of video, animation, and a laboratory projects and featuring Robotics simulation software.

Learning Outcomes:

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

  • Name the most common type of manipulator
  • Differentiate between robot links and joints
  • Define major axes and minor axes
  • Explain the purpose of kinematics in robotic systems
  • Describe screw theory in kinematic applications
  • Name the three types of revolute joints
  • Define haptic technology
  • List the four general categories of robotic manipulation
  • Differentiate between velocity manipulability and velocity workspace analysis
  • Describe the function of dexterous manipulation
  • Name the three basic co-ordinate systems for a robot manipulator
  • Explain the operation of a gantry robot
  • List six end effectors used in industrial robotics
  • Determine the shape of a work envelope