Optimisation of Trap Design for Vibratory Bowl Feeders

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Vibratory bowl feeders (VBFs) are a widely used option for industrial part feeding, but their design is still largely manual. A subtask of VBF design is determining an optimal parameter set for the passive devices, called traps, which the VBF uses to ensure correct part orientation. This paper proposes a fast and robust strategy for optimising traps, which makes use of dynamic simulation to efficiently evaluate the performance of parameter sets. The optimisation strategy is based on Bayesian Optimisation and selects new parameter sets to evaluate, using a modified Upper Confidence Bound with regression by Kernel Density Estimation as function estimator. The optimisation is run for four different traps with an industrial part and the best parameter sets are tested for robustness in simulation. The traps are then combined to create two sequences performing orientation of the parts and the designs are prototyped and tested on a real VBF.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceeding of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
Publication date13. Sept 2018
ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3082-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3081-5, 978-1-5386-3080-8
Publication statusPublished - 13. Sept 2018
Event2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation - The Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Brisbane, Australia
Duration: 21. May 201825. May 2018


Conference2018 IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation
LocationThe Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
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