Graphical System for Work-Cell Layout Evaluation
Original Publication Date: 1986-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Using a computer tool to develop robot work-cell layouts by developing models, specifying robot task sequences, and specifying cost functions permits automated cost calculations for use in selecting the best work- cell layout. An industrial work-cell is a collection of equipment, controllers, and sensors, arranged spatially and operated purposefully to accomplish a specified set of operations. With the increasing use of programmable automation in industries, there is an ever increasing need for the manufacturing engineer to consider any number of layouts for the work- cell. An efficient layout is a feasible layout and is optimal with respect to some cost measure for the specified set of operations and satisfies geometric constraints and equipment constraints.