A Robotic Vehicle System for Conveyor Inspection in Mining
Environments in mining are harsh and demanding to any equipment. This paper introduces a new rail-guided robotic vehicle system as a sensor carrier for inspection and condition monitoring, specifically for belt conveyors mining. It shows how mechanics, electronics, and embedded controls were designed and combined to a rugged mechatronic system with reliable motion performance and functionality. It also demonstrates the importance of 3D FDM printing as an enabling technology.
robust systems, mobile robots, rail vehicle, mining, mechatronic systems embedded systems sensors 3D printing