Robot Path Planning for Wiring of Cable Harnesses
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A cable harness consists of an assembly of wires of various types and colors, bundled together in a distinct shape and ready for insertion into a product, such as a computer frame. Industries, such as computer and electronic, aerospace, and automotive, spend considerable resources on cables. Usually the assembly is essentially flat, i.e., two-dimensional. The individual wires are known as leads and connect specified pins in terminator or connector devices. An important method of production is one in which all leads of a common type are strung together in one continuous operation, thus sharply reducing the amount of overhead involved in starting and stopping robot motion.