Vision-based operations of a large industrial vehicle : autonomous hot metal carrier

Pradalier, Cedric, Tews, Ashley, & Roberts, Jonathan M. (2008) Vision-based operations of a large industrial vehicle : autonomous hot metal carrier. Journal of Field Robotics, 25(4-5), pp. 243-267.

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Hot metal carriers (HMCs) are large forklift-type vehicles used to move molten metal in aluminum smelters. This paper reports on field experiments that demonstrate that HMCs can operate autonomously and in particular can use vision as a primary sensor to locate the load of aluminum. We present our complete system but focus on the vision system elements and also detail experiments demonstrating reliable operation of the materials handling task. Two key experiments are described, lasting 2 and 5 h, in which the HMC traveled 15 km in total and handled the load 80 times.

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ID Code: 82189
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aluminium, Industrial robots, Materials handling equipment, Robot applications, Sensors, Smelting
DOI: 10.1002/rob.20240
ISSN: 1556-4959
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Deposited On: 05 Mar 2015 00:06
Last Modified: 11 Mar 2015 02:33

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