ROSI: A Novel Robotic Method for Belt Conveyor Structures Inspection

Author(s): Garcia, Gabriel; Rocha, Filipe; Torre, Marcos ; Serrantola, Wenderson; Lizarralde, Fernando; Franca, André; Pessin, Gustavo; Freitas, Gustavo
Summary: Belt conveyors play an essential role in the transportation of dry bulk material in different industries. Inspecting conveyor belts structures and its components, such as idlers rolls, is a fundamental task to guarantee the proper production flow. Traditionally, these are cognitive inspections based on sound and vision. In this paper we describe a novel procedure to inspect belt conveyor structures with a robotic device. The system is composed by (i) a mobile platform capable of moving in diferente terrains, overcoming obstacles and traversing stairs with different slopes, (ii) a robotic manipulator with six degrees of freedom, and (iii) a set of sensors including microphone, accelerometers, laser, and cameras. Preliminary field tests validated the proposed system for mining operations allowing the identification of enhancements regarding platform mobility and control strategy. Based on the kinematic model, we presente a control method to command both the mobile platform and robotic manipulator considering the robotic device as a wholebody system. The strategy is validated through simulations using ROS and V-REP.
Journal: 19th International Conference on Advanced Robotics (ICAR)
Year: 2019
Pages: p. 1-6
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1109/ICAR46387.2019.8981561
Year of publication: 2020
Available at: https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/8981561
Publisher and ISSN: IEEE