Responsive Production Systems and Roles that Robots can Play
With increased product dynamics world-wide, the average economic lifetime of production systems is falling. Industrial robots are widely assumed to be inherently flexible and therefore that they can function as a programmable building block of response production systems. This paper reviews common capabilities of contemporary industrial robotic systems and investigates their capability to extend the useful lifetime of production system by coping with different types of product dynamic. Also considered are relative capabilities of conventional programmable robots and an emerging generation of programmable and configurable component-based machines.
Prof. A.O. Akii Ibhadode, A.I. Igbafe and B.U. Anyata
R.H. Weston "Responsive Production Systems and Roles that Robots can Play", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 62-64, pp. 275-292, 2009