Current industrial welding robots are mostly articulated arms with a pre-programmed set of movement, which lack the intelligence skilled human welders possess. In this paper, human welder's response against 3-D weld pool surface is learned and transferred to the welding robots to perform automated welding tasks. To this end, an innovative teleoperated virtualized welding platform is utilized to conduct dynamic training experiments by a human welder whose arm movements together with the 3-D weld pool characteristic parameters are recorded. The data is off-line rated by the welder and a fuzzy classifier is trained, using an adaptive neuro-fuzzy inference system (ANFIS), to automate the rating. Data from the training experiments are then automatically classified such that top rated data pairs are selected to model and extract 'good response' minimizing the effect from 'bad operation' made during the training. A supervised ANFIS model is then proposed to correlate the 3-D weld pool characteristic parameters and welder's adjustment on the welding speed. The obtained model is then transferred to the welding robot to perform automated welding task as an intelligent controller. Experiment results verified that the proposed model is able to control the process under different welding current as well as under disturbances in speed and measurement. A foundation is thus established to selectively learn "good response" to rapidly extract human intelligence to transfer into welding robots.
|Number of pages||10|
|Journal||IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering|
|State||Published - Jul 2017|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant IIS-1208420.
© 2015 IEEE.
- 3-D weld pool surface
- fuzzy classification
- virtualized welding
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering