History of Robotics Research and Development of Japan1995BusinessDevelopment of the Semi-Automatic Hot-Line Work Robot System "Phase II"

Yaskawa Electric Corporation and Kyushu Electric Corporation have been working together to develop a robot system that can perform work with aerial cables in electric power distribution lines without interrupting power supply. The development involves three steps. In the first step, a key feature was the master and slave control. The Phase I system was completed in 1987. In the second step, a robot system based on human-machine coordination was developed by combining two types of movements: movements based on sensor control and movements based on master-slave control. The Phase II system was completed in 1992. In the third step, the development focuses on a fully automated Phase III robot system. About ninety Phase I and Phase II robot systems are currently working in the field, while Yaskawa Electric Corporation continues the research and development of Phase III robot system. 1st RSJ Technical Innovations Award in 1996.
Image 1: Hot-Line Work Robot
Image 2: Close-up of Hot-Line Work Robot


Correspondence papers

Hideo Yakabe, Yoshinaga Maruyama, Kyoji Yano, Moriyuki Nakashima, Hirofumi Inokuchi, and Fumiaki Kawai:Development of the Semi-Automatic Hot-Line Work Robot System "Phase II"

Yaskawa Technical Review, 227th issue, Vol.59, No.2, pp.154-161, 1995(in Japanese).

Related papers

[1] H. Wakizako, K. Shiraishi, K. Yano, M. Nakashima et al.: Range Sensor System of a Teleoperation Type Hot Line Maintenance Robot, The Journal of the Robotics Society of Japan, Vol. 15, No.3, pp.468-473, 1994.

[2] K. Takaoka, K. Yokoyama, F. Kawai, Y. Maruyama, K. Yano, and K. Higashijima: Development of the Full-Automatic Hot-Line Work Robot “Phase III”, Yaskawa Technical Review, 247th issue, Vol.64, No.2 (), pp.105-110, 2000(in Japanese).

[3] S. Murakami, Y. Maruyama, K. Yano, H. Wakizako et al.: Distribution Work Using the Manipulators Based on Visual Feedback Control (third report), Proceedings of 18th Robotics Society of Japan, pp.1055-1056, 2000.

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