thamma050504 - Journal of Industrial Technology Volume 20,...

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The Official Electronic Publication of the National Association of Industrial Technology • www.nait.org © 2004 Controlling Robot Through Internet Using Java By Mr. Ravindra Thamma, Dr. Luke H. Huang, Dr. Shi-Jer Lou and Dr. C. Ray Diez Volume 20, Number 3 - June 2004 through August 2004 Peer-Refereed Article CIM Distance Learning Internet Manufacturing Robotics Teaching Methods KEYWORD SEARCH
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2 Journal of Industrial Technology Volume 20, Number 3 June 2004 through August 2004 www.nait.org Controlling Robot Through Internet Using Java By Mr. Ravindra Thamma, Dr. Luke H. Huang, Dr. Shi-Jer Lou and Dr. C. Ray Diez Background and Need An issue with people who want to pursue an education is how to enroll in courses while working full-time. While working everyday diminishes opportu- nities for on campus study, distance education becomes a major option and has been accepted widely. Though distance education works for many fields of study, it is difficult for those fields that require laboratory activities, such as manufacturing. To be involved in laboratory activities, one usually has to travel to the lab. Investment of both time and expense on travel is a big concern for potential students in the field of manufacturing. The advancement of Internet technol- ogy tools developed in 1990s made it possible to access a lab at distance. The Internet technology tools allowed development of the idea of an Online Laboratory (OL). Obviously, an OL is beneficial to distance education because it provides students with instant access to a remote lab without investment in both travel time and expense. The benefit of an OL is that enrollment of distance education in manufacturing courses and degree programs will be expected to increase. An online laboratory would be maxi- mized by remote control technology through Internet. A major step in the online control came with the experi- ments using the Internet done by Kuchlin (1997) with Highrobot Telerobotics. The experiments resulted in the development of a software model based on an object-oriented concept that could interact remotely with robot programs. Kuchlin also explored the extensive capabilities of Java with Transmission Control Protocol and Internet Protocol (TCP/IP). In the experiments, a Java program could run on arbitrary remote computer platforms interacting with a robotic control. In a study conducted to access a remote manufacturing system through internet, Calkin and Parkin (1998) developed simulation tools for remotely-con- trolled robots. The simulation tools for the robotic hardware were developed using Java and VRML 97 to create a desktop virtual-reality environment. A VRML browser was developed by the researchers to enable a client computer to request transmission of web pages from the host computer. However, a drawback was that the client computer had to have the VRML browser and V- collide’s libraries installed in order to communicate with the host computer.
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