Automated Multi-Mechanism Robot for Efficient Ring Handling and Deployment

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Our design addresses the challenge of efficiently handling rings that are either stacked or randomly spread on the floor. Manual handling of such small items can be labor-intensive, error-prone, and time-consuming, especially in industrial and logistical settings where precision and efficiency are critical.

Potential Benefits

  • Increased Efficiency: Automating the ring handling process reduces reliance on manual labor and speeds up operations.
  • Cost Savings: By reducing labor costs and minimizing errors, businesses can achieve significant cost savings.
  • Improved Productivity: The robot performs tasks consistently and accurately, enhancing overall productivity.
  • Safety: Automation reduces the risk of injuries associated with repetitive tasks and manual handling.
  • Environmental Impact: Utilizing alternative energy solutions (such as high-pressure air stored in water bottles) contributes to sustainability efforts and reduces environmental footprint.

Design Functionality

Mechanisms:

  • Gripper Mechanism: Uses laser-cut acrylic sheets and pneumatic control to grip rings.
  • Loading Mechanism: Utilizes rack and pinion with linear guides for precise loading.
  • Stacking Mechanism: 3D-printed cage organizes rings for efficient handling.
  • Plunging and Throwing Mechanisms: Mild steel plate plunger and PP rollers propel rings accurately to designated locations.
  • Control System: Operated via PS-2 controller and Arduino Mega, ensuring precise movement and functionality.

Novelty and Improvement

Our design stands out due to its comprehensive integration of mechanisms tailored for efficient ring handling in compact environments. Unlike conventional methods, which may require separate systems for each function, our robot combines gripping, loading, stacking, and throwing into one versatile unit. The use of advanced technologies like 3D printing and pneumatic systems also enhances performance and reliability.

Applications

This robot can be applied in various industries:

  • Manufacturing: Handling small components in assembly lines.
  • Logistics and Warehousing: Sorting and organizing items for distribution.
  • Retail: Automating stocking and inventory management.
  • Laboratories: Organizing samples and materials in research settings.

Market Potential

The market potential for our robot is substantial, particularly in industries seeking automation solutions to improve efficiency and reduce operational costs. As automation trends continue to grow across sectors, the demand for versatile robotic systems capable of handling diverse tasks efficiently is increasing.

Manufacturing Process

The robot would be manufactured using:

  • Laser Cutting: For precise component fabrication using LaserCAD.
  • 3D Printing: Custom parts created with Ultimaker Cura and Creality software.
  • Assembly: Integration of mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic components using standardized processes.
  • Quality Control: Ensuring each unit meets design specifications and performance standards.

Production Cost Comparison

While initial production costs may be higher due to the integration of advanced technologies and customized parts, the long-term benefits outweigh these costs. Compared to existing robotic solutions, our design's multifunctional capabilities and efficiency offer competitive advantages in terms of performance and operational savings. Over time, businesses can expect significant returns on investment through reduced labor costs and improved productivity.

Conclusion

The automated ring handling robot represents a leap forward in automation technology, addressing key challenges in handling small items efficiently and effectively. By leveraging innovative design, advanced manufacturing techniques, and alternative energy solutions, our robot offers a sustainable and cost-effective solution for industries looking to optimize operations and reduce environmental impact.

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  • ABOUT THE ENTRANT

  • Name:
    Kishor Gulve
  • Type of entry:
    team
    Team members:
    • Kishor Gulve
    • Sayali Jadhav
    • Shruti Hon
    • Mansi Hon
    • Mahesh Dube
    • Ramdas Lande
    • Pramomd Karjule
  • Patent status:
    none