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- Design of an agile manufacturing workcell for light mechanical applications
- Quinn, Roger D.; Causey, Greg C.; Merat, Frank L.; Sargent, David M.; Barendt, Nicholas A.; Newman, Wyatt S.; Velasco Jr., Virgilio B.; Podgurski, Andy; Jo, Ju-yeon; Sterling, Leon S.; Kim, Yoohwan
- This paper introduces a design for agile manufacturing workcells intended for light mechanical assembly of products made from similar components (i.e. parts families). We define agile manufacturing as the ability to accomplish rapid changeover from the assembly of one product to the assembly of another product. Rapid hardware changeover is made possible through the use of robots, flexible part feeders, modular grippers and modular assembly hardware. The flexible feeders rely on belt feeding and binary computer vision for pose estimation. This has a distinct advantage over nonflexible feeding schemes such as bowl feeders which require considerable adjustment to changeover from one part to another. Rapid software changeover is being facilitated by the use of a real-time, object-oriented software environment, modular software, graphical simulations for off-line software development, and an innovative dual VMEbus controller architecture. These agile features permit new products to be introduced with minimal downtime and system reconfiguration.
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- Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA-96), Minnesota, United States, 22-28 April 1996, Vol. 1, pp. 858-863
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