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Machines 2017, 5(2), 14; doi:10.3390/machines5020014

Automated Cable Preparation for Robotized Stator Cable Winding

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Division for Electricity, Uppsala University, Box 534, 75121 Uppsala, Sweden
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Seabased Industry AB, Verktstadsgatan 4, 45330 Lysekil, Sweden
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Academic Editor: Steven Y. Liang
Received: 6 March 2017 / Revised: 3 April 2017 / Accepted: 11 April 2017 / Published: 18 April 2017
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Abstract

A method for robotized cable winding of the Uppsala University Wave Energy Converter generator stator has previously been presented and validated. The purpose of this study is to present and validate further developments to the method: automated stand-alone equipment for the preparation of the winding cables. The cable preparation consists of three parts: feeding the cable from a drum, forming the cable end and cutting the cable. Forming and cutting the cable was previously done manually and only small cable drums could be handled. Therefore the robot cell needed to be stopped frequently. The new equipment was tested in an experimental robot stator cable winding setup. Through the experiments, the equipment was validated to be able to perform fully automated and robust cable preparation. Suggestions are also given on how to further develop the equipment with regards to performance, robustness and quality. Hence, this work represents another important step towards demonstrating completely automated robotized stator cable winding. View Full-Text
Keywords: cable winding; industrial automation; industrial robot; electric machine assembly; wave energy converter cable winding; industrial automation; industrial robot; electric machine assembly; wave energy converter
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Hultman, E.; Leijon, M. Automated Cable Preparation for Robotized Stator Cable Winding. Machines 2017, 5, 14.

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