Remote Access of an Autonomous Seed Sowing Robot in a Learning Factory

Lara, Hector, Abbasi, Rabiya, Martinez Rodriguez, Pablo and Ahmad, Rafiq (2022) Remote Access of an Autonomous Seed Sowing Robot in a Learning Factory. SSRN Electronic Journal. pp. 1-4. ISSN 1556-5068

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The supervision of food production systems is instrumental in the advancement of food security. Remote access and control provides unique capabilities to the supervision and operation of such systems, as well as interesting opportunities for students to access learning factory facilities remotely. Thus, the AllFactory at the University of Alberta provides a unique environment that allows for testing of highly robotized food production lines. This paper proposes the use of digital twin models to enable remote access to learning factory’s systems and combines distributed sensors and computer vision to visualize the systems' operational status and motions while also providing a remote learning environment. In this study, a digital twin of a robotic seed sowing system, consisting of a Dobot M1 robotic arms is developed and tested. The robot system aims to pick crop seeds using pneumatic actuators and finally place them correctly in rockwool, while several cameras monitor seed and plant growth. The development of this tool hopes to support the continuous use of learning factories even in complicated situations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital twin, production line; cloud computing; learning factories; internet of things; autonomous systems
Subjects: H300 Mechanical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mechanical and Construction Engineering
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 10 May 2022 15:10
Last Modified: 10 May 2022 15:15

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