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Wireless Robust Robot for Agricultural Applications

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Pp. 414-420 in Proceedings of the World Congress of Computers in Agriculture and Natural Resources (13-15, March 2002, Iguacu Falls, Brazil)  701P0301.(doi:10.13031/2013.8361)
Authors:   A. R. Hirakawa, A. M. Saraiva and C. E. Cugnasca
Keywords:   Robotics, agriculture automation, wireless transmission, robust system

Robots are used in agriculture environment for a number of operations, ranging from static applications under controlled environment to more challenging uses such as in field operations. Nonetheless the robots used in such applications are not designed for hostile outdoor operations which generates several problems, such as system malfunction due to broken wires, difficulties in system placement and movement, poor adaptation and frequent maintenance.

A new wireless robust robot architecture, where wires and cables are eliminated and a distributed control system is designed to allow the independent remote operation of the robot links is proposed in this paper. This system could be applied in most manipulator type robots due to its independence of operation, application and low power consumption, making the new robot system better adapted to field application and robust for the hostile environment.

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