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Wireless Robust Robot for Agricultural Applications
Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan www.asabe.org
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.
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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.