ModelPlan 171


John Darlison's


Computer Control of ArcAngle Robot


Using Meccanisms Motorvator


This ModelPlan has been designed to illustrate how a Meccano robot can be controlled by a computer, and demonstrates a manufacturing process using industrial software.


The ArcAngle robot is of simple design, with motors and mechanisms easily accessible, and is very similar to an industrial prototype.  Each motion has feedback to the operating computer, provided by potentiometers.


The conveyor moves coloured blocks to the robot which picks them up, sorts them by colour and places them in appropriate boxes - yellow blocks are accepted, blue blocks rejected.  The controlling program records the total number of blocks processed using photocells and colour recognition cells. When activated, an interrupter situated on the conveyor stops the machine and the time of inactivity is recorded. A speed control is provided for the whole operation.


The model, which demonstrates part of a production process, has been used  to demonstrate commercial OEE (Operation Efficiency Evaluation) software at a trade exhibition in Sweden, and provides an excellent introduction to robotics and Meccano.


Ref:  MP171       Price:  8.95


Motorvator program code for MP171 can be downloaded from here:


ArcAngle with conveyor.txt