Feasibility Study into Use of Laser Scanning Measuring Device and Robot as Flexible Inspection Station

  • R. P. Anderson
  • M. F. Carr
  • R. J. Grieve

Summary

Many of today’s flexible manufacturing systems (FMS) contain fully integrated ‘contact probing’ inspection devices. In the small batch manufacturing environment, such devices have been found to be expensive, requiring long set-up times and large amounts of manual input. This paper evaluates a flexible non-contact inspection station which has been put together by using proprietary machines, i.e. a Unimate PUMA 560 Mk2 robot, an Addison Lasermike Type 8050 laser micrometer and an Apple II microcomputer. The cell has been used to inspect the external dimension of turned components. The feasibility of the inspection station is fully discussed and attention is drawn particularly to the factors which affect its integrity.

Keywords

Test Piece Flexible Manufacturing System Robot Controller Inspection Station Laser Micrometer 
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References

  1. [1]
    Anderson R P (1985) Automated Inspection Using a PUMA 560 Mk2 Robot and Robotic Inspection Methods Dissertation for the Degree of Bachelor of Science, Brunel University.Google Scholar
  2. [2]
    Warnecke H J and Schraft R D (1982) Industrial Robots — Application Experience IFS Publications, Bedford.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. P. Anderson
    • 1
  • M. F. Carr
    • 1
  • R. J. Grieve
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Production TechnologyBrunel UniversityUxbridge, MiddlesexUK

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