Top Level Software Design for Data-Driven Robotic Applications
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Many good candidates for robot applications are data-driven: the manufacturing task of the robot over a class of functionally similar parts differs only in the places to which the robot moves. This description presents the top level software design for one data driven robotic application (electronic card assembly) which has been successfully implemented. The software design describes a functional decomposition that maintains good program modularity and facilitates management of program space. Furthermore, it is a general solution which can be used in implementing other data-driven (or generic) robotic applications, including electronic card test, pilot hole drilling, and cable harnessing. As mentioned above, this design was developed in the course of implementing an assembly system for electronic cards.