Design of a fresh meat packing robot for working in washdown environment

Debao Zhou, Jonathan Holmes, Wiley Holcombe, Sean Thomas, Gary McMurray

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2 Scopus citations

Abstract

The benefits of robotics are evident in many industries. However, the food processing industry has not been able to realize this benefit due to the limitations imposed by the operating environment. The demanding environment in the handling of fresh meat products typically includes a daily wash with high pressure as well as highly corrosive cleaning agents. This paper described the development of a robot specifically built for handling fresh meat products in such environment. The selection of materials for washdown working conditions, as well as the unique coaxial shaft design, was specified. Based on the specific motion, the system kinematics and dynamics were formulated. The simulation results provided the optimal motions to minimize the centrifugal force on the meat (grasper). The dynamic model also yielded the speed and torque relationship, which helped to provide the criteria for motor selection and the verification of the applicability of the selected motors. A functional prototype has been built and is under evaluation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
DOIs
StatePublished - 2007
Event2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM - Zurich, Switzerland
Duration: Sep 4 2007Sep 7 2007

Publication series

NameIEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM

Other

Other2007 IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM
Country/TerritorySwitzerland
CityZurich
Period9/4/079/7/07

Keywords

  • Dynamic modeling and simulation
  • Food packing
  • Robot
  • Washdown

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