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Human-Robot Collaboration in Manual Assembly – A Collaborative Workplace

  • Henning Petruck
  • Marco Faber
  • Heiner Giese
  • Marius Geibel
  • Stefan Mostert
  • Marcel Usai
  • Alexander Mertens
  • Christopher Brandl
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 825)

Abstract

The integration of humans into the assembly process in terms of human-robot collaboration (HRC) enables the flexibility of production processes with a high degree of automation, which are not flexible enough to overcome the challenges in nowadays production in all cases. However, this form of cooperation raises issues such as occupational safety or acceptance. In order to address these questions, a HRC workstation has been designed that is on the one hand characterized by traditional ergonomic design aspects with regard to conventional industrial requirements. On the other hand, data from intelligent sensors are used to adapt the system’s behavior to the way the working person works. The workstation was developed on the basis of the results of a requirement analysis. This article presents the ergonomic concepts of the workplace and their implementation.

Keywords

Human-robot collaboration Manual assembly Ergonomic workplace design Occupational safety 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the German Research Foundation DFG for the kind support within the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Henning Petruck
    • 1
  • Marco Faber
    • 1
  • Heiner Giese
    • 2
  • Marius Geibel
    • 2
  • Stefan Mostert
    • 2
  • Marcel Usai
    • 1
  • Alexander Mertens
    • 1
  • Christopher Brandl
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Industrial Engineering and ErgonomicsRWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.item Industrietechnik GmbHSolingenGermany

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