Automated Parts-Handling System
Original Publication Date: 1985-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-18
An automated parts-handling system includes partitioning of control, distribution of intelligence through the system, sharing of computer and sensor control, and physical and electrical equipment layout for optimized throughput of parts. Fig. 1 illustrates partitioning of control in the automated parts-handling system for manufacturing which requires the distribution of intelligence from a computer 12 to system components 14-50. The distribution of intelligence provides modularity and flexibility. The control programs for each of the components can be divided into independent programs which can be developed and debugged on an individual program basis. Flexibility is also provided by an ability to add, change or delete control program interface modules (IMs) 52-66 as system requirements change.