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Proposes a computationally‐simple method, based on the centroid solid angle, for computing the probability distributions of the natural resting aspects of small parts, the fore‐knowledge of which can improve the design of vibratory feeders and orienting devices. The centroid solid angle (CSA)...
Looks at short‐run production, frequent product modifications, and pressures to reduce product time to market make flexible manufacturing increasingly desirable. Despite advances in flexible systems, the problem of feeding parts to an assembly line is not fully addressed by conventional methods...
Motivated by the problems of flexible manufacturing and parts feeding in sensorless assembly, a flat, level vibrating table is proposed as a means of orienting small parts for assembly. Ideas inspired by academic literature regarding juggling and dynamic manipulation are used to design an...
This second of a six‐part series presents a hierarchical scheme for classifying integral snap‐fits at the attachment level, bringing great order to where there appeared to be chaos. The scheme is then used to enumerate all possible design options. The proliferation of plastic parts, and the...
Presents a solution for counting and collating light food products at high speed. Describes a project to design and build a replacement machine within the same space which would dramatically reduce lost product and product undercount and increase each line throughout by 50 per cent. Demonstrates...
Reviews Peshkin and Sanderson (1988) who showed that parts can be aligned as they move on a conveyor belt against a passive sequence of fences. Describes the first complete algorithm to design such sequences for a given convex polygonal part. The algorithm is complete in the sense that it is...
This first part of a comprehensive six‐part series of articles on integral attachment using snap‐fit features familiarizes the reader with the key terms relating to the subject. Every area of study and practice must have associated with it a language to express objects, actions, and ideas. To...
Reports on the development of a robot gripper for the handling of small components measuring between 0.1 and 5mm, using the adhesive property of ice. Describes the testing of a prototype, which achieved high reliability.
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