Development of An Automated Configuration System for Robot Work Cell
Configuration robot work cell has received considerable attention in the last few years due to it is very knowledge-intensive, intricate, and time-consuming process. This paper elaborated the development process of the automated configuration system (ACS) for (re-)configuring robot work cell while satisfying certain requirements of users in an innovative way. The primary purpose of this work was to provide a fast configuration system with less cost and human involvement at little or no further investment. The ACS was constructed based on the variant-shaped configuration concept with its mathematical model. A configuration and programming structure with a graphical user interface (GUI) were the outcomes of this work that were capable of determining the optimal robot work cell according to the user requirements e.g. the number of a robot, Nr and the types of configuration. This work utilized both macro and Visual Basic (VB) editor in CATIA 3D CAD software for creating a completed user interface. The current outcomes of this work will provide a basis for future investigation in determining the optimal layout of robot work cell that is dependable on other requirements.
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