Gary M. Bone

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Pneumatic servo actuators have the benefits of lowcost, cleanliness and a high power-to-weight ratio. However, their relatively poor accuracy prevents them from competing with electro-mechanical systems when higher accuracy is needed. The cause of the steady-state error for a pneumatic servo system with an open-center servo valve is investigated. Full(More)
A novel solution to the three-dimensional dynamic human-robot collision problem is presented. Sphere-based geometric models are used for the human and robot due to the efficiency of the distance computation. The collision avoidance algorithm searches for collision-free paths by moving the end-effector along a set of pre-defined search directions. An(More)
This paper describes the development of a novel vision-based modeling and grasping system for three-dimensional (3D) objects whose shape and location are unknown a priori. Our approach integrates online computer vision-based 3D object modeling with online 3D grasp planning and execution. A single wrist-mounted video camera is moved around the stationary(More)
In this paper, we introduce unilateral fixtures , a new class of fixtures for sheet-metal parts with holes. These fixtures use cylindrical jaws with conical grooves that facilitate part alignment; each jaw provides the equivalent of four point contacts. The fixtures are unilateral in the sense that their actuating mechanisms are restricted to one(More)
The energy efficiency of a robotic manipulator is important, particularly when that manipulator is used in conjunction with a mobile robot with limited battery life. In this paper the energy efficiency (in terms of the electrical energy usage) of a spatial three DOF parallel manipulator is compared to a serial manipulator with the same drive motors and a(More)