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Large-Area Overhead Manipulator for Access of Fields

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Author(s)

Jeffrey W. White, Roger V. Bostelman

Abstract

Multi-axis, cable-driven manipulators have evolved over many years providing large area suspended platform access, programmability, relatively rigid and flexibly- positioned platform control and full six degree of freedom (DOF) manipulation of sensors and tools. We describe innovations for a new six DOF manipulator, called 'Large-area Overhead Manipulator for Access of Fields (LOMAF)' that is highly scalable and provides access to areas that can measure from several square centimeters to several hectares and can traverse level or irregular terrain, including vertical surfaces. Two scaled prototypes have been developed and tested providing the basis for designing a much larger, computer-controlled system. The LOMAF design, prototypes, tests, results and suggested applications are presented in this paper.
Proceedings Title
4th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation (IMETI 2011)
Conference Dates
July 19-22, 2011
Conference Location
Orlando, FL, US

Keywords

LOMAF, RoboCrane, multi-axis, cable-driven, suspended platform, large area access

Citation

White, J. and Bostelman, R. (2011), Large-Area Overhead Manipulator for Access of Fields, 4th International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation (IMETI 2011), Orlando, FL, US (Accessed May 24, 2024)

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Created July 21, 2011, Updated October 12, 2021