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Development of a Flexible Automated Assembly Cell and Associated Human Factors Study

Objective

The objective of this project was to design and develop a prototype automated flexible assembly cell for the manufacture of mechanical assemblies of up to 0.5 cubic metre size and 30 kg weight, in low batch quantities (ideally as low as one). The project aimed to combine vision, manipulation and non-contact inspection technologies into an integrated system.
The objective of this project was to design and develop a prototype automated flexible assembly cell for the manufacture of mechanical assemblies of up 0.5 cubic metre size and 30 kg weight, in low batch quantities (ideally as low as one). The project aimed to combine vision, manipulation and noncontact inspection technologies into an integrated system./The following was achieved: a design for a highly flexible assembly system, an extremely versatile parts transfer system, an innovation robot vision system demonstration using optical image processing technology, a modular gantry type assembly robot, a highly versatile robot gripper design, a concept for noncontact gauging during the robot assembly process and finally, a set of criteria for the inclusion of human factors in the design of computer integrated manufacture (CIM) systems and methods of enhancing their usability.
The project was terminated early due to the withdrawal of the prime contractor. However, the following was achieved:
-a design for a highly flexible assembly system
-an extremely versatile parts-transfer system
-an innovative robot vision system demonstration using optical image-processing technology
-a modular gantry-type assembly robot
-a highly versatile robot gripper design
-a concept for non-contact gauging during the robot assembly process
-a set of criteria for the inclusion of human factors in the design of CIM systems and methods of enhancing their usability.

Coordinator

WESTLAND PLC
Address

BA20 2YB Yeovil
United Kingdom

Participants (4)

DANTEC ELEKTRONIK
Denmark
Address
Mileparken 22
2740 Skovlund
MRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit
United Kingdom
Address
The University
S10 2TN Sheffield
RISO NATIONAL LABORATORY
Denmark
Address
Po Box 49
4000 Roskilde
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan
1050 Brussels