Robotics Sourcebook - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780444012982, 9780444601612

Robotics Sourcebook

1st Edition

Authors: V. Daniel Hunt
eBook ISBN: 9780444601612
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 1st January 1988
Page Count: 334
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Robotics Sourcebook provides concise, up-to-date definitions of the terms, acronyms, and abbreviations currently used in robotics. It covers industrial robots, smart robots, and military robots, as well as machine vision, laser systems, CAD/CAM/CIM, advanced manufacturing technology, production processes, bar code identification, and factories of the future. It explains how robots work, and it presents key factors in robot implementation, as well as examples of typical applications, from assembly functions and die-casting to foundry, inspection, and forging. It also analyzes the world robotics market and includes forecasts of market trends.
Divided into four parts encompassing 12 chapters, this volume begins with an overview of the robotics industry and U.S. industrial performance, along with current international competitors and their markets, including Japan, Western Europe, France, Britain, and West Germany. It proceeds with a discussion of technological developments, research and development, standards, international agreements, definitions of terms, and robotics programs such as those of NASA, the National Science Foundation, U.S. Navy Robotics, and the United Kingdom. Also included is extensive reference material that contains points of contact for additional information and a detailed bibliography, plus photographs, charts, and diagrams. This book should be a useful reference source for engineers or professionals working in the field of industrial robotics.

Table of Contents

Preface Acknowledgements Part I Robot Technology

1. The Robotics Industry Introduction Definition of Industrial Robot Approach to the Use of Robots Structure of Industry Typical U.S. Robot Manufacturers 2. How Robots Work Elements of Robot Systems Robot Sensors 3. Typical Robot Applications Material Handling Assembly Welding Spray Painting/Coating Die Casting Forging Press Operations Foundry Inspection

Part II Industry Competitiveness

4. U.S. Industry Performance Production and Shipments Domestic Production Capacity Import Penetration Export Performance Capital Investment Research and Development Prices Outlook for the U.S. Robotics Industry 5. World Class Competitiveness Competitive Factors U.S. Government Support for Robots 6. International Competitors and Their Markets Japan Western Europe United Kingdom West Germany Sweden France CMEA Countries 7. Market Trends and Future Competitiveness Technology Research and Development Standards International Agreements

Part III Terminology

8. Definitions A to Z

Part IV Reference Material

9. Points of Contact 10· Acronyms and Abbreviations 11. Bibliography 12. Robotic Programs


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