Robots have been employed for over a decade to perform simple
repetitive tasks. In recent years however, with the advent of
improved control systems, cheap microprocessors and the development
of a range of sensors, the potential of the industrial robot has
This research examines the viability of using an industrial
robot with a laser transducer for fast non-contacting inspection.
The robot used was an Asea IRb6. The range finding transducer was a
Selcom Optocator. The microcomputer was an LSI-II/23. [Continues.]
A Master's Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Philosophy at Loughborough University.