Ship Recycling Robot Public
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The dangerous process of dismantling large ship hulls often involves cutting down and recycling the ship’s infrastructure. According to US OSHA standards, ship breaking operations expose workers to a wide range of hazards or conditions likely to cause injury or illness. This project aims to improve worker safety in the ship-breaking industry by showcasing the potential for automation of the metal cutting process. We designed a computer vision system and torch attachment to work in tandem with the Franka Emika Panda arm. Furthermore, we implemented a test bed to quantify the parameters of the cutting process. Our resulting prototype displays the viability of a robotic approach to ship recycling.
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