Robotisation in the footwear sector is a major challenge for the industry with difficulties present due to the inherent adaptive needs of some of the automated tasks performed by robotic arms. One of those of particular concern is collision prevention: working with those robots in automated online environments, considering they have limited awareness of the environment, may lead to dangerous situations with the movement of the robot along the calculated paths. To overcome this problem, a collision prevention layer based on a custom robotic software simulator is presented and justified in this paper to be used on automated shoe sole adhesive spraying cells. The performed experiments prove the feasibility of the proposed method in a real scenario with the speed and precision required by the automated task.
The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology – Springer Journals
Published: Nov 9, 2017
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