Industrial Robot Applications by E. AppletonIndustrial Robot Applications by E. Appleton

Industrial Robot Applications

byE. Appleton, D.J. Williams

Paperback | November 9, 2011

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The hardest data for managers and engineers in charge of the design and implementation of robot systems to acquire is also the most valuable: case studies detailing best current practice and the return on investment actually achieved. It has been a major goal of the British Robot Association, among other professional groups, to organise meetings where such case studies are presented and discussed between members; but the obvious restrictions of commercial confidentiality lead to considerable difficulty, especially in relation to the best recent installations. The authors of this book have been in the uniquely privileged position of lecturing in the Cambridge University Production Engineering Tripos, a course specially organised in conjunction with a number of leading companies applying robots and automation. Actual case studies from these companies form an important part of the course, making this book that has emerged from it a uniquely important addition to our Open University Press series.
Title:Industrial Robot ApplicationsFormat:PaperbackPublished:November 9, 2011Publisher:Springer NetherlandsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:9401079056

ISBN - 13:9789401079051

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction.- 1.1 Definition.- 1.2 The robot industry.- 1.3 Statistics and exploitation.- I.- 2 Production engineering for robot applications - I. Robot system considerations.- 2.1 Introduction.- 2.2 Classification and terminology of robotic systems.- 2.3 Robot choice.- 2.4 Performance testing.- 3 Production engineering for robot applications - II. Application design considerations.- 3. 1 General system design considerations.- 3.2 Environmental factors.- 3.3 Reliability.- 3.4 End-effectors.- 3.5 The application of sensors.- 3.6 Workplace layout for robot applications.- 3.7 Safety considerations.- 3.8 Robot application economics and financial justification.- II.- 4 Robot handling.- 4. 1 Introduction.- 4.2 Industrial application.- 4.3 Advantages of robot handling.- 4.4 The handling task.- 4.5 Robot characteristics for handling.- 4.6 Robot handling case study - Machine tool loading and unloading the 600 groups's SCAMP system.- 5 Robot assembly.- 5.1 Introduction.- 5.2 Application characteristics.- 5.3 Case study - the assembly of steering gear tie rods.- 5.4 Case study - the assembly of electronic components using an Adept.- 5.5 Future developments.- 6 Robot welding.- 6.1 Introduction.- 6.2 The spot welding process.- 6.3 Robot spot welding.- 6.4 The robot task.- 6.5 Robot spot welding case study - automobile body assembly Ford Sierra line.- 6.6 The arc welding process.- 6.7 Robot MIG welding.- 6.8 The robot task.- 6.9 Robot arc welding case study - garden furniture manufacture G & C Home and Leisure Supplies Ltd.- 7 Machining with robots.- 7.1 Introduction.- 7.2 Application characteristics.- 7.3 Case study - drilling and routing.- 7.4 Case study - cut-off and fettling of castings.- 7.5 Other machining operations.- 7.6 Future developments.- 8 Spray painting applications.- 8.1 The spray painting process.- 8.2 Spray painting robot anatomy and characteristics.- 8.3 Programming techniques.- 8.4 Two typical commercial machines.- 8.5 Robot spray painting case study - interior and exterior of commercial vehicles Freight Rover Ltd.- 9 Innovative robot applications.- 9.1 Introduction.- 9.2 Robot applications in the automation of manufacturing processes.- 9.3 Robot applications in assembly automation.- 9.4 Robot applications in inspection.- 9.5 Concluding comments.- III Implementation.- A Practical Guide to Implementing an Initial Robot Application.- A1.1 Introduction.- A1.2 Preliminary discussions.- Al.3 Making a start.- A1.4 The plant survey.- Al.5 Project management.

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In one slim volume there is a summary of all the basic information that an engineer new to this field could possibly require. - Electrical Review