Advances in Reconfigurable Mechanisms and Robots II pp 1073-1081 | Cite as
Reconfigurability and Flexibility in a Robotic Fixture for Automotive Assembly Welding
On an automotive assembly line, different workpieces are jointed by respot welding. Modern car manufacturers need to be highly adaptive and able to switch to new products frequently within a short time frame. Hence, there is a high and constantly growing demand for the development of flexible and autonomous fixturing systems. A novel highly reconfigurable fixture is created by the Autorecon project within the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme. The proposed system is a structural robot composed of lockable arms, a frame, and double tool changers. The reconfigurability and flexibility of this fixture can improve the manufacturing process while lowering costs and expediting new-model setup and product delivery.
KeywordsReconfigurable fixture Reconfigurability Lockable joint Flexible fixtureless assembly
This research has been supported by the AUTORECON project funded under the Seventh Framework Program of the European Commission (Collaborative Project NMP-FOF-2011-285189). The authors gratefully acknowledge the support agency.
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