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Robot techniques appear to have made little impact on applications areas involving part assembly. This is mainly due to a lack of flexibility and consequent problems of cost justification, particularly where there are multiple products and short product runs. Ways of increasing flexibility...
New World Domestic Appliances has completed a 4.5 million project to automate and integrate the manufacturing processes of its gas cooker assembly. This represents the first phase of an overall scheme designed to make the company's Warrington site the most advanced domestic appliance...
This article is based on a lecture to the Fellowship of Engineering by the head of the Department of Engineering Science, Professor Mike Brady, and an interview with the department's specialist on nonvision sensing and data fusion, Dr Hugh DurrantWhyte.
All the key topics currently occupying the robotics world, from parallel robots to offline programming, were discussed at a recent conference in Paris. Organised by the International Institute of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence at Marseille, the conference presented the Governmentsponsored...
In order to save cost and time, attempts are made by the automotive industry to simulate in advance system planning and programming of robots involved in the manufacturing process. Unfortunately, the use of offline programming produces inaccuracies in robot positioning so that reteaching is...
Caterpillar now has about 45 installations to its credit around the world. David Evans, manager, and Bob Snape, projects engineer, in the SGV marketing division, reviewed progress and prospects for this versatile system.
Automated guided vehicles have a long history, and with the growth of automation in manufacture and assembly they are becoming an increasingly important element in integrated systems. In this and the following two articles Jack Hollingum looks at a longestablished supplier of AGVs with ideas for...
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