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Design of a Mobile Robot and Use of RFID for Fast Werehousing

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

Start Date

June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Instrumentation Applications

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25.397.1 - 25.397.10



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Masoud Fathizadeh P.E. Purdue University, Calumet

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Masoud Fathizadeh has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology since 2001. He has worked more than 15 years both for private industries and national research labs such as NASA, Argonne and Fermi National Laboratories. Fathizadeh has established his own consulting and engineering company in 1995 and performed many private and government projects. His areas of interests are, control systems, power systems, power electronics, energy, and system integration.
Fathizadeh is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Illinois.

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Joseph Edward Cody Purdue University, Calumet

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Joseph Edward Cody is a graduate of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Power School for Enlisted Personnel and a veteran of the U.S. Navy's Nuclear Submarine force. He is currently employed as a Electrical Communications Specialist with Novaspect, Inc. of Schaumburg, Ill., and specializes in industrial electrical communications and protocols. Cody remains engaged at Purdue University, Calumet, as a student and plans on staying educationally active for as long as possible

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Radio Frequency Identification technology (RFID) has been used in the past for several applications.Automatic identification technologies like RFID have valuable uses, especially for tracking andidentification purposes such as inventory management. RFID is particularly useful where it can beembedded within an object, such as a shipping container. RFID can be used where human accessbility islimited or dangerous. The purpose of this paper is to use RFID technology for fast warehousing andlocating material. A mobile robot with wireless control has been built. The robot has the capability ofidentifying RFID tags for each item and finding the dedicated location of the item in the warehouse. Therobot uses a tracking system for the inventory. Tracking system can collect data on daily basis andperform routines operations. This information can be used both for quality control and for improvingprocesses and logistics.This paper will describe: (1) the construction of mobile robot, (2) the RFID technology used foridentification of items, (3) tagging and storage strategy, (4) tracking system and (5) overallperformance of the robot. Several applications for such a robot will be given.

Fathizadeh, M., & Cody, J. E. (2012, June), Design of a Mobile Robot and Use of RFID for Fast Werehousing Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--21155

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