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Automation or automatic control, is the use of various control systems for operating equipment such as machinery, processes in factories, boilers and heat treating ovens, switching on telephone networks, steering and stabilization of ships, aircraft and other applications and vehicles with minimal or reduced human intervention. Some processes have been completely automated.

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Integrate hardware (actuator and sensors) into ROS2 framework for automated control

I am new in ROS2 and robotics development with an automotive engineer - electrical background. As I am a doing a project that requires ROS2 for integration of automated features. I want to confirm ...
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move_base state for FlexBE

I'm trying to build robot high-level control using FlexBE behavior engine The task is to make robot to move through the list of waypoints. The project is on ROS 1, I'm using move_base package for ...
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How robots that are sent in space achieve automation?Are they based on conventional control techniques or they based on AI methods?

How robots that are sent in space achieve automation?Are they based on conventional control techniques or they based on AI methods?
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Error while building using colon - colcon build --symlink-install --cmake-args

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Need to automate some simple actions of a drone

I am working on a student&enthusiast project that includes the participation of a few drones (copter-type). Right now, there is nothing complicated in their movements, just, for example 100 meters ...
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Robotic Arm Inverse Kinematic Algorithm

I have currently built a large 6 axis Robotic arm that uses a bunch of potentiometers to control the angles. I would like to move into Autonomous control of the robotic arm. I would like to tell the ...
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I need to make something that can slam something into something else really fast in both directions

I'm fairly new to robotics, but I have this idea for a machine. I've done a bit of research but can't find exactly what I'm looking for. I need something that can either move back and forth at at ...
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Robotic arm object/item pile relocation?

I am somewhat new to robotics. As such, I might be unaware of the correct terms or lingo that I need to use. I am trying to find relevant information on autonomous robotic arm operations specifically ...
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Automated Manual Testing / Robot-computer interaction

What is the technical term for a computer mechanically interfaces another computer? For example a robot mechanically interacting (vs API) with a PC or smartphone as a human would to automatically ...
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Looking for resources regarding conveyor object allignment / object orientation

Im currently on the hunt for resources / examples / words to use in a search engine in regards to orienting (aligning, funneling) an object on a conveyor. I am looking for techniques / utilities used ...
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Need help regarding electromagnetic suspension implementation

I an trying to implement an electromagnetic suspension system on model/small scale (like the bose suspension system in this video: https://youtu.be/3KPYIaks1UY). Upon doing some research on this topic,...
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How To Do path planning To move the Robotic Arm in straight line in 3D where the arm is having base, Shoulder, Elbow & wrist? [closed]

Now the design we have has the 4 DOF (Base, Shoulder, Elbow, Wrist), there is no problem in moving the arm in a curved manner but the main problem arises in straight-line motion. I'm unable to fid=nd ...
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Avoid to hit corners on diagonal steps using A* algorithm

I'm using ROS melodic with Gazebo 9.9.0 on an Ubuntu 18.04.2 LTS. I'm implementing an autonomous node that uses A* algorithm to move a robot from one position to another. The robot will be on a ...
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Is a printer a robot? [closed]

While formulating an answer to this question let us consider the parts and the function of the printer during its basic process. We tell the printer what we want it to do, "print this". The printer ...
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Could a hot air balloon be powered from the ground like a drone?

Could a small drone electric hot air balloon be made to stay in the air indefinitely? Use an electric element for heating the air. Powered and tethered from the ground like a kite on a string it ...
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How to scan photo of printed image and see what pattern it represents

We're participating in a contest with our robot, and one of the challenges is to scan a pattern and see which pattern it is. There are 2 possible images(attached below), and for each of them the robot ...
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What's the term for 2 Dimensional tracks similar to the ones used on 3D printers?

I'm trying to do some research on a project that I'd like to work on. My problem is that I am doing a terrible job googling, because I don't know what this technology is called. Once I know what it'...
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Autonomous vessel general design

I have been asking a couple of questions here and around on autonomous boats and finally I decided to post the design and gather some feedback. The idea is to build a small vessel capable of advanced ...
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ROS for an autonomous boat

As part of an internship I was asked to design and develop the core control system for an autonomous small-scale (2m length) solar vessel to be able to sail around the Baltic Sea. The boat should be ...
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How does a personal tracking tripod work?

There are certain tracking devices for cameras on the market these days. Here is one example. The concept is, you wear a tag or a wristband and the tripod knows to track you while you're out surfing ...
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Is it better to use software or hardware for object sorting?

For a sorting machine where the objects to be sorted have various sizes, color, shapes, and patterns, is it more optimal (in terms of minimal time of the overall process and maximal precision and ...
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Automated high-precision weighing of individual parts

I'm trying to automate a process wherein individual small parts must be weighed one after another for identification / sorting. The parts would be fed to the scale using a conveyor. A mechanism is in ...
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Auto Stabilising Flight

At the moment this project is purely hypothetical but my friend and I were looking to make a model airplane which could stabilize its flight to be a straight line. Basically, we want there to a button ...
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Is it a bad-design decision to implement high number of moving parts in an automation-robot?

I'm currently designing an autonomous robotic system to manipulate clothes using computer vision and complex moving hardware. My current design incorporates quite a number of moving parts. My biggest ...
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How to create a model for temperature control?

I have a heated compartment, inside which, there is another object heated up by independent heater. I want to control temperatures of both chamber and the object. I could achieve this by simple PID (...
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Which mechanical device could repeatedly present an ID tag to a card-reader

I'm trying to build a test-automation robotic arm which can repeatedly present an ID-tag (such as RFID or NFC card or fob) to a card reader. I suspect our reader fails either (a) after hundreds of ...
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Which kind of valve is used for dispensing food grains? [duplicate]

I am doing a project on an automated grain dispenser system using a PLC control. I need a valve for dispensing grain from hopper to packet. I should be able to control the flow of the grain. So what ...
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Robot autonomous variable terrain with yaw sensor [closed]

I am programming a robot to drive over variable terrain obstacles autonomously. The variable terrain could potentially knock the robot off of its initial heading, but I would like to design an ...
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Is there a .NET library for conveyor belt automation? [closed]

I'm a software developer and I work for a company that I think could use some automation in its warehouse. I thought it would be fun to put together a prototype of a conveyor system that automates a ...
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Automatic sliding window shutter

I want to build an automatic sliding window shutter and need help with part selection and dimensioning. Some assumptions: window width 1.4 m sliding shutter weight 25 kg max speed 0.07 m/s max ...
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Need an idea: automated sim card switcher [closed]

First off, sorry if my question is too naive or not related to the forum (this is the best matching one I've found on StackExchange). I have some amount of SIM-cards. I can programmatically access a ...
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Two exclusive inputs control

I have a system with two inputs (throttle and brake) and one output (speed). How does one design a controller in such a way that the two outputs of the controller (throttle and brake) are never both ...
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Mechanical or electrical engineering for robotic and automation? [closed]

I have decided to pursue a career in automation and robotic. At the moment, I am being torn between Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. I know that both of them relate to my choices of career, and ...
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