Deploying Mobile Maintenance Robots in Material Flow Systems Using Topological Maps and Local Calibration

Conference: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010 - ISR 2010 (41st International Symposium on Robotics) and ROBOTIK 2010 (6th German Conference on Robotics)
06/07/2010 - 06/09/2010 at Munich, Germany

Proceedings: ISR/ROBOTIK 2010

Pages: 7Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Kuhlenkötter, Bernd; Bücker, Matthias; Brutscheck, Tobias (TU Dortmund University, Industrial Robotics and Production Automation (IRPA), Leonhard-Euler-Str. 2, 44227, Dortmund, Germany)

Material flow systems are widely used in industries and logistics and can reach dimensions up to several kilometres. Automated maintenance robots are one approach to improve the maintenance intensity and quality in combination with modest operating costs. In order to deploy these robots, models of the material flow systems have to be created that are suitable for robot navigation and path planning. A method for fast and automatable environment modelling based on the modular design of material flow systems and on existing layout plans is presented in this paper.