Framework for Assessing Robotic Dexterity within Flexible Manufacturing

Framework for Assessing Robotic Dexterity within Flexible Manufacturing With growing demand for flexibility in manufacturing processes, interest in dexterous industrial robots is increasing. To facilitate benchmarking, and to assess the suitability of these robots for flexible manufacturing tasks, there is a need to develop new methods of capturing the relevant performance characteristics of industrial robots. This research aims to show that the Boothroyd-Dewhurst (B-D) Design-For-Assembly method, an established method for optimizing manufacturing processes, can be effectively adopted to form the basis of a comprehensive robotic dexterity assessment within flexible manufacturing. A comparative study is conducted which shows that the B-D classification tables offer the most comprehensive solution due to the range of operations and artifacts considered. Building on these tables, a framework is developed for determining the suitability of a robot system within flexible manufacturing operations. In a sample test-case scenario involving a pick-and-place operation, the framework is shown to produce an accurate estimate of robot performance that can be easily compared to human data. The framework establishes a link between manufacturing operations and robot performance metrics, which addresses the current difficulty in robot integration and highlights the framework’s potential for adoption within flexible manufacturing. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intelligent & Robotic Systems Springer Journals

Framework for Assessing Robotic Dexterity within Flexible Manufacturing

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Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright
Copyright © 2017 by Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
Subject
Engineering; Control, Robotics, Mechatronics; Electrical Engineering; Artificial Intelligence (incl. Robotics); Mechanical Engineering
ISSN
0921-0296
eISSN
1573-0409
D.O.I.
10.1007/s10846-017-0505-x
Publisher site
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Abstract

With growing demand for flexibility in manufacturing processes, interest in dexterous industrial robots is increasing. To facilitate benchmarking, and to assess the suitability of these robots for flexible manufacturing tasks, there is a need to develop new methods of capturing the relevant performance characteristics of industrial robots. This research aims to show that the Boothroyd-Dewhurst (B-D) Design-For-Assembly method, an established method for optimizing manufacturing processes, can be effectively adopted to form the basis of a comprehensive robotic dexterity assessment within flexible manufacturing. A comparative study is conducted which shows that the B-D classification tables offer the most comprehensive solution due to the range of operations and artifacts considered. Building on these tables, a framework is developed for determining the suitability of a robot system within flexible manufacturing operations. In a sample test-case scenario involving a pick-and-place operation, the framework is shown to produce an accurate estimate of robot performance that can be easily compared to human data. The framework establishes a link between manufacturing operations and robot performance metrics, which addresses the current difficulty in robot integration and highlights the framework’s potential for adoption within flexible manufacturing.

Journal

Journal of Intelligent & Robotic SystemsSpringer Journals

Published: Mar 11, 2017

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