Michael F. Zäh

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The paper outlines a novel approach for performing explosive ordnance disposal by use of a bimanual haptic telepresence system. This system enables an operator to perceive multimodal feedback from a remote environment for proper task execution. The developed experimental setup, comprising a bimanual human system interface and the corresponding bimanual(More)
The remote nature of telepresence scenarios can be seen as a strongpoint and also as a weakness. Although it enables the remote control of robots in dangerous or inaccessible environments, it necessarily involves some kind of communication mechanism for the transmission of control signals. This communication mechanism necessarily involves adverse network(More)
The control of manufacturing systems is becoming increasingly complex, because of growing requirements with respect to flexibility and productivity as well as a decreasing predictability of processes. Despite the changing general conditions, the delivery reliability to the customer, as one of the logistic key performance indicators, is of growing relevance.(More)
Today's manufacturing and assembly systems have to be flexible to adapt quickly to an increasing number and variety of products, and changing market volumes. To manage these dynamics, several production concepts (e.g., flexible, reconfigurable, changeable or autonomous manufacturing and assembly systems) were proposed and partly realized in the past years.(More)
Traditional systems for digital assistance in manual assembly, e.g. optical displays at the work place, are inherently suboptimal for providing efficient and ergonomically feasible worker guidance. The display of sequential instructions does not offer an increase in productivity beyond a certain degree. Little situational support and the resulting(More)
Remote laser beam welding and cutting can be applied to a wide range of applications within the manufacturing technology domain. With high process rates, consistent high quality welding seams and cutting edges at various contours these technologies offer an increased flexibility to process a wide variety of work pieces. To take advantage of the process the(More)
Remote laser beam welding (RLW) and remote laser beam cutting (RLC) are technologies that are well suited for automated applications in industrial facilities due to their contactless mode of action. The main advantages of both processes are the high operation speed, good process quality and a tailored contour of the welding seams and cutting kerfs. For an(More)