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Publication Citation: Toward Next-Generation Construction Machines

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Author(s): Roger V. Bostelman; James S. Albus; William C. Stone;
Title: Toward Next-Generation Construction Machines
Published: March 04, 2001
Abstract: Construction equipment is typically massive and operated manually with minimal use of sensors or computers for measurement or control. Research in the Intelligent Systems and Structures Divisions at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has explored innovative ways to use sensors, computers, and light-weight tensioned cable machines for heavy manufacturing and construction tasks such as lift and position of heavy loads and manipulation of tools and parts for assembly, fixturing, welding, cutting, grinding, machining, macro stereo-lithography, and surface finishing. Recent research has yielded novel concepts for movable scaffolding and worker positioning systems that enable workers to maneuver themselves, parts, and tools throughout a large work volume for tasks such as ship repair and aircraft paint removal.
Conference: American Nuclear Society
Proceedings: American Nuclear Society 9th Topical Meeting Meeting on Robotics
Dates: March 4-8, 2001
Keywords: cable-drive,construction,machine-tool,next generation,RoboCrane,stereo lithography
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research
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