Accession Number : ADA137042

Title :   Coordinated Research in Robotics and Integrated Manufacturing.

Descriptive Note : Annual rept. no. 1, 1 Aug 82-31 Jul 83,


Personal Author(s) : Atkins,D E ; Volz,R A

PDF Url : ADA137042

Report Date : 31 Jul 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 135

Abstract : The research procured under this contract is oriented toward the understanding and development of the flexible robot based manufacturing cells or islands which will increasingly become a basic blocks for the building of modern parts production and assembly facilities. Present work spans a hierarchy of sub-systems oriented toward the development and integration of high performance manipulators into flexible manufacturing cells. These subsystems may be divided into several levels of abstraction: Level 1: The mechanical structure and low-level (small time-constant) control of high-performance manipulators; The sensor sub-systems (force, tactile, thermal, and vision); Computer architecture and languages which form the basis of robot systems and manufacturing cells; Level 2: Integration of mechanical structure, computer system and sensor to form flexible robot systems; Level 3: The integration of systems with production and assembly machines and information contained in the manufacturer's computer-aided design database; and Level 4: Integration of the factory-wide distributed database which is central to the design, production and business functions of manufacturing.

Descriptors :   *Robots, *Robotics, *Integrated systems, *Production control, Manufacturing, Repair, Spare parts, Replacement, Computer aided design, Machine tools

Subject Categories : Mfg & Industrial Eng & Control of Product Sys
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE