Integration of Robots into CIM

  • Rolf Bernhardt
  • Rüdiger Dillman
  • Klaus Hörmann
  • K. Tierney

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Survey of the project

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 3-5
    3. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 19-23
    4. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 24-26
  3. Systems planning

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 27-27
    2. K. Tierney, J. Browne
      Pages 36-44
    3. V. Gleue, S. Krüger, S. Wadhwa, K. Tierney, J. Browne
      Pages 45-57
    4. V. Gleue, S. Krüger
      Pages 58-64
    5. G. Stark
      Pages 65-76
    6. K. Tierney
      Pages 77-79
  4. Programming

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-81
    2. K. Hörmann
      Pages 83-86
    3. G. Stark, P. Weigele
      Pages 87-97
    4. W. Jakob
      Pages 98-100
    5. V. Katschinski, G. Schreck, R. Bernhardt
      Pages 101-114
    6. K. Schröer, R. Bernhardt
      Pages 115-121
    7. K. Hörmann, G. Werling, B. Frommherz, J. Hornberger, A. Pezzinga, R. Gallerini et al.
      Pages 122-167
    8. G. R. Meijer, V. Caglioti, M. Somalvico, U. Negretto
      Pages 168-207
    9. K. Hörmann
      Pages 208-209
  5. Information system

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 211-211
    2. F. Sastron
      Pages 213-215
    3. F. Sastron, A. Jimenez
      Pages 216-228
    4. A. Steiger-Garção, L. Camarinha-Matos
      Pages 229-244
    5. A. Steiger-Garcao, L. M. Camarinha-Matos
      Pages 245-247
  6. Applications of the system

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 249-249
    2. R. Dillmann
      Pages 251-253
    3. G. Stark, R. Bernhardt, V. Gleue, S. Krüger
      Pages 254-262
    4. K. Hörmann, U. Negretto
      Pages 263-283
    5. A. Pezzinga
      Pages 293-301
    6. P. Weigele
      Pages 302-312
    7. G. Schreck, R. Bernhardt
      Pages 313-325
    8. R. Dillmann
      Pages 326-327
  7. Summary

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 329-329
    2. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 331-332
    3. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 333-336
    4. W. Jakob, B. Kottke
      Pages 337-339
    5. R. Bernhardt
      Pages 341-343
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 345-349

About this book


From its inception in 1983, ESPRIT (the European Strategic Programme for Research and Development in Information Technology) has aimed at improving the competitiveness of European industry and providing it with the technology needed for the 1990s. Esprit Project 623, on which most of the work presented in this book is based, was one of the key projects in the ESPRIT area, Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM). From its beginnings in 1985, it brought together a team of researchers from industry, research institutes and universities to explore and develop a critical stream of advanced manufacturing technology that would be timely and mature for industrial exploitation in a five year time frame. The synergy of cross border collaboration between technology users and vendors has led to results ranging from new and improved products to training courses given at universities. The subject of Esprit Project 623 was the integration of robots into manufacturing environments. Robots are a vital element in flexible automation and can contribute substantially to manufacturing efficiency. The project had two main themes, off-line programming and robot system planning. Off-line programming enlarges the application area of robots and opens up new possibilities in domains such as laser cutting, and other hazardous operations. Reported benefits obtained from off-line program­ ming include: - significant cost reductions because re-programming eliminates robot down-time; - faster production cycles, in some cases time-savings of up to 85% are reported; - the optimal engineering of products with improved quality.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Rolf Bernhardt
    • 1
  • Rüdiger Dillman
    • 2
  • Klaus Hörmann
    • 3
  • K. Tierney
    • 4
  1. 1.IPK Fraunhofer-Institut für Produktionsaniagenund KonstruktionstechnikBerlin 10Germany
  2. 2.Institute for Process Computer Control and RoboticsUniversity of KarlsruheKarlsruhe 1Germany
  3. 3.Forschunzenstrum InformatikKarlsruhe 1Germany
  4. 4.Dep. of Industrial Engineering CIM Research UnitUCG University College GalwayGalwayIreland

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