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Manufacturing operations is a major consumer of energy, with a large proportion being used to operate motors. The objective of this project is to create principles for the design of automation mechanisms that have reduced energy needs. As part of the project, an experimental study was performed to assess the energy required by industrial actuators for common automation tasks. The energy consumption is mapped to torque, motion and time on task. Using this information, the influence of mechanism architecture and dimensional synthesis of single-degree-of-freedom manufacturing devices can be assessed and design guidelines can be formulated.

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Graduate Research

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David Myszka and Andrew Murray

Primary Advisor's Department

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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