Commercially available flexible assembly cell
Presently, many robotic assembly applications are configured by systems integrators who use, where possible, standard devices and components. This makes it difficult to achieve an economically justifiable selling price. This paper describes the development of an integrated assembly cell, intended to provide 90–95% of the hardware and software requirements for the assembly of many different products, within certain size and mass limitations: the cell is intended for the low to medium product volume range and may be programmed to allow selective scheduling of product batches. The paper describes the derivation of cost requirements, and how the concept of the integrated cell evolved and was finally specified.
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