Robot Manipulators & End Effectors

This module is designed to cover the fundamentals of manipulators, links, and joints. A discussion of kinematics and haptic technology is presented, as well as dextrous manipulation, and an overview of the basic coordinate systems for a robot manipulator. The theoretical and practical aspects of manipulators and spatial analysis are introduced in this module using a combination of video, animation and a laboratory projects and featuring Robotics simulation software.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Name the most common type of manipulator.
  • Differentiate between robot links and joints.
  • Define major axes and minor axes.
  • Explain the purpose of kinematics in robotic systems.
  • Describe screw theory in kinematic applications.
  • Name the three types of revolute joints.
  • Define haptic technology.
  • List the four general categories of robotic manipulation.
  • Differentiate between velocity manipulability and velocity workspace analysis.
  • Describe the function of dexterous manipulation.
  • Name the three basic co-ordinate systems for a robot manipulator.
  • Explain the operation of a gantry robot.
  • List six end effectors used in industrial robotics.
  • Determine the shape of a work envelope.
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