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Authors: Architecture Technology Corpor
Paperback ISBN: 9781856171328
eBook ISBN: 9781483285047
Imprint: Elsevier Science
Published Date: 15th November 1991
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Thoroughly revised, this authoritative report continues to provide a comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to Fixed Industrial Robots.

This 1991/92 edition ensures that professionals involved in Factory Automation have a comprehensive reference source enabling them to keep abreast of all the key developments in this powerful and rapidly evolving technology.

The report examines the different kinds of industrial robots from the following angles:

• How they are programmed to perform certain tasks.

• How they are integrated into the manufacturing process.

• Their use in manufacturing plants for assembly, painting, sealant application and welding.

Key features

• Vision systems

• Microprocessors

• Expert systems

• Industrial end effectors

• Commercial end–of–arm tooling

• Automatic guided vehicles


• Robotics safety

• Checking and evaluating robots

• The economic justifications for robots

• Employee support for robots.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Connecting the Systems and the Definitions 1.1 Categories 1.2 Where They Came From 1.3 Where We Are 1.4 Robot Utilization 1.5 Physics of Robots 1.5.1 Shapes of Things 1.5.2 Coordinates 1.6 Configuration 1.6.1 Arms 1.6.2 Some Types of Robots 1.6.3 Servo vs. Nonservo 1.6.4 Powering the Arm 1.7 Safety Standards 1.7.1 UL Standards 1.7.2 ANSI Standards Chapter 2. The Technology 2.1 Robots on the Comeback 2.1.1 Learning Labs 2.1.2 Capabilities, Opportunities, and Improvements 2.2 Robotic Safety 2.2.1 Standards Development 2.2.2 Robotic Complexity 2.2.3 Speed as a Safety Consideration 2.2.4 The Human Factor 2.2.5 Safety References 2.3 Assembly Robots 2.3.1 Robotic Sensors 2.3.2 Assembly Integration 2.4 Welding Automation 2.4.1 MIG Welding 2.4.2 Vision-Guided System 2.4.3 Analog Controllers 2.4.4 Flexible Automation 2.4.5 Seam Tracking/Sensing 2.4.6 Expert Systems 2.5 The Nuclear Industry 2.5.1 Configurations 2.5.2 Applications 2.5.3 Successes 2.5.4 Expanding Technology 2.5.5 The Technology Overseas 2.6 Robots in Aerospace 2.6.1 Specialized Robots 2.6.2 Research 2.7 Flexible Workcells Use Vision 2.7.1 Part Presentation 2.7.2 Configuration 2.7.3 Cell Control 2.7.4 Communication 2.7.5 Handling Odd Shapes 2.7.6 Handling a Variety of Shapes 2.7.7 Handling Large Volumes 2.8 Off-line Programming 2.8.1 The Analytical Approach 2.8.2 RAPPG Evolves 2.8.3 Implementing OLP 2.8.4 How AROWS Works 2.8.5 Capabilities vs Needs


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