The Programmable Interface Controller with Autonomous Robotic Spraying Operation (PICARSO) will involve the design and building of an autonomous painting system using high speed Maxon Motor Australia DC motors.
Maxon Motor are principal sponsors for the project, supplying high speed DC motors, gear heads and control systems where required.
The automation project will include the design and selection of the mechanical system, including high speed Maxon DC motors and cable configuration, the motor control system, including the control electronics hardware and software, as well as the painting system, including the painting module and painting mechanism hardware.
While the initial design will produce monochromatic images, if time and budget limits permit, the system may include additional functionality in the form of wireless control, greyscale painting and possibly a portable complete package system with a human machine interface (HMI).
This honours project will involves the design and build of two vertically oriented, cabel driven, parallel planar systems: the first will be a 1/10th scaled system to model the dynamics of the three high speed DC motors used in the system, and the second will be a full-scale 3.0×3.0m spraying device.
The project aims to:
- design and build two 1/10th scaled vertically oriented, high speed cabel driven, parallel planar systems
- derive a dynamic model of the plant
- design a high speed controller to stabilise the plant
- build a Simulink model of the plant
- build a VR model of the plant (by exporting solid model) and link it to Simulink
- test a controller system in Simulink simulation
- build a full scale high speed motor and controller system
- test high speed controller system in real life
- control the motors via Bluetooth and WiFi; and
- document all of the above.