Autonomous hot metal carrier: Navigation and manipulation with a 20 tonne industrial vehicle

Roberts, Jonathan M., Tews, Ashley, Pradalier, Cedric, & Usher, Kane (2007) Autonomous hot metal carrier: Navigation and manipulation with a 20 tonne industrial vehicle. In Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation, IEEE, Rome, Italy, pp. 2770-2771.

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This paper reports work on the automation of a hot metal carrier, which is a 20 tonne forklift-type vehicle used to move molten metal in aluminium smelters. To achieve efficient vehicle operation, issues of autonomous navigation and materials handling must be addressed. We present our complete system and experiments demonstrating reliable operation. One of the most significant experiments was five-hours of continuous operation where the vehicle travelled over 8 km and conducted 60 load handling operations. Finally, an experiment where the vehicle and autonomous operation were supervised from the other side of the world via a satellite phone network are described.

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ID Code: 82537
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Fork lift trucks, Industrial robots, Manipulators, Metallurgy, Mobile robots, Navigation, Autonomous hot metal carrier, Autonomous navigation
DOI: 10.1109/ROBOT.2007.363888
ISBN: 1424406021
ISSN: 1050-4729
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 by IEEE
Deposited On: 17 Mar 2015 22:34
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2015 04:02

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