The RGEMS Research Unit originated from within the Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer engineering in 2005. RGEMS is developing high levels of technological expertise with respect to the design and development, commissioning and maintenance of automated production lines and subsystems, Machine Vision Systems and application as well as projects within the Renewable Energy sector in support of the extensive number of renewable projects currently underway in South Africa.
The three main focus areas of the RGEMS’ activities involve the following:
Energy Management (Renewable Energy; and Power Management):
The aim is to promote and undertake fundamental and applied research alongside pre-industrial development in the areas of energy technologies. We are engaged in cutting-edge fundamental and applied research underpinning sustainable energy technologies. Our activities are organised around a wide spectrum of mainstream and renewable energy technologies. Our mission is to address major scientific and technological challenges faced by the world in the 21st century and beyond in energy efficiency, emerging energy technologies and sustainability. We are also concerned with the social, economic and environmental impact of energy technologies.
Vision (Machine Vision; and Quality Systems:
The development of a Vision system involved the selection of various components that will work together in order to solve a vision problem. The vision system can solve various problems that include: Quality Assurance, Reconfiguration Verification, Orientation of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and Control and Manipulator Vision Systems. Research in the different fields are on-going that also include vision tracking systems that is utilize to control AGV’s and other unmanned transportation platforms.
Automation and Robotics:
The SA manufacturing industry needs to develop similar levels of sophistication and automation as its international competitors. Also, manufacturing plants have to be managed extremely effectively to ensure the quality of manufactured products and availability of the relevant infrastructure. To support this need, the Research Group is developing high levels of technological expertise with respect to the design and development, commissioning and maintenance of automated production lines, assembly systems and subsystems.