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Manufacturing & Inspection
Agent Based Design
Novel agent-based approach for the design of modular robot manipulators
Architecture for Agile Assembly (AAA)
Reduction of time to market in agile manufacturing
Belt Inspection
NREC designed, built and tested a high-speed "machine vision" system for monitoring the condition of conveyor belts such as those used in underground coal mines.
Bend Sequence Planner
Finds the best sequence of bending operations and repositionings of the part in the robot gripper to make a bent sheet metal part.
BendCad Modeler
Sheet metal design system for the Intelligent Bending Workstation
BORG
Framework for the development of distributed, secure, reliable, robust and scalable systems
Burro
Automates copper processing
Collaborative Agents
Cooperative robotics
ExplorerTM
The NREC is developing an untethered, long range (2,500 ft +), gas line visual inspection robot system that provides real-time video from inside the line, can be deployed in live lines, and can pass through all angles and bends of both 6" and 8" lines.
Fine Motion Planner
The fine-motion planner computes a sequence of robot moves to safely unload the workpiece from the bending machine.
Fine Motion Planning for Assembly

Fine Motion Planning for Mobile Robots in Large Structure Assembly
Foundation for MEMS Synthesis (MEMSYN)
shorten MEMS development cycle
Grasping Planner
Sheet metal grasp planning for the Intelligent Bending Workstation.
Integrated MEMS Inertial Measurement Unit (IMIMU)
Developing a monolithic inertial measurement unit that exploits integrated-microdevice CAD tools to achieve superior system performance over individual microdevices.
Intelligent Assembly Modelling and Simulation (IAMS)
Facilitating assemblability checking in a virtual, simulated environment
Motion Planner
Precision Freehand Sculpting (PFS)
We are developing a handheld tool to accurately cut bone for joint replacement surgery.
Product Decomposition
a method of decomposing sheet-metal products into a few, easily manufactured parts
Rapid Design Through Virtual and Physical Prototyping
Rapid design and generation of parts and assemblies
Stacking Planner
Generates plans for polyhedral sheet metal parts.
Tooling Planner
Supports various decision making steps related to bending tools and press-brake setups.
Ultra-High-Density Data Cache for Low-Power Communications
Demonstrating technology for a 10 GB/cm2 rewritable data storage system using MEMS-based actuators and magnetic recording.
Weld Sequence Planning
Many manufacturing processes require considerable setup time and offer a large potential for schedule compression. For example, Pratt&Miller Inc. constructed a military spec HMMWV welded spaceframe with best-practice methods, this took 89 billable hours — cutting square tubes, preparing them for welding, and then performing the final welding tasks to build the structure. On analysis, we discovered that the time actually spent on constructive processes was only 3% (slightly over two hours) of that total. Thus 97% of the overall time can potentially be eliminated. We built a system to exploit this opportunity that includes a welding robot, an augmented reality projection system and a laser displacement sensor. To test the system, we fabricated a custom variant of a HMMWV welded spaced frame where pre-process tasks were automated: BOM acquisition, component preparation, sequence planning, weld parameter optimization, fixture planning, workpiece localization and finally automated work assignments were delegated to a robot and a person. In the end, we were able to make the custom welded product nearly 9x faster than was previously possible. This achievement also translates economically to the bottom line because the cost of raw materials was only 6% of the total costs. This talk will highlight the technical achievements that made this possible.