Outcome 1: Investigate the key elements of industrial robots


Manipulator elements: electrical and fluid drive systems (harmonic, cycloidal, shaft, rod, screw, belt, chain), sensors (absolute and incremental encoders, potentiometers, resolvers, tachometers), brakes, counterbalance devices.

Control elements: CPU, system and user memory, interface units, power units, Intelligence: relating to proximity, range, position, force, temperature, sound, gas.

Sources of error or malfunction: environmental contamination (smoke, arc-flash, dirt, fluids, heat), parallax, wear, data corruption, accessibility, sensitivity, accuracy, design.

Assessment Criteria

To achieve this outcome a student must demonstrate the ability to: