A Robotic Arm as a Simple Sample Changer for a Diffractometer with Very Low Component Costs

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1107/S0021889809036164
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TypeArticle
Journal titleJournal Of Applied Crystallography
Volume42
Pages12061208; # of pages: 2
AbstractInexpensive model robots are a viable option for automation of simple, repetitive tasks and can be solutions when space restriction and funding are issues, both factors that may eliminate more advanced robots from consideration. A simple-to-program, inexpensive robotic arm has been integrated in a sample changer for room-temperature experiments on a neutron powder diffractometer. In spite of the limited precision inherent in a model, servocontrolled robot, a very reproducible overall system can be made. Simple ‘tricks’ such as incorporating self-centering mechanisms, e.g. mechanically selfcentering designs and magnets, can produce central forces that eliminate the need for high precision from the robot arm.
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AffiliationNational Research Council Canada; NRC Canadian Neutron Beam Centre
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NPARC number14342161
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