Estimating throughput for a flexible part feeder

Chapter 11 Fine-Motion Planning and Control
Part of the Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences book series (LNCIS, volume 223)


To rapidly feed industrial parts on an assembly line, Carlisle et. al. [4] proposed a flexible part feeding system that drops parts on a flat conveyor belt, determines their pose (position and orientation) with a vision system and uses a high-speed scara robot to move them to a pallet in a desired pose. Such a feeder can be rapidly configured and reconfigured to handle a variety of parts. To facilitate rapid set-up of assembly lines, a simulator can provide visualization and realistic timing estimates. This paper focuses on estimating feeder throughput, which determines the “heartbeat” of an assembly line.


Assembly Line Conveyor Belt Robot Motion Industrial Part Part Feeder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Silma, Inc.CupertinoUSA
  3. 3.Adept Technology, Inc.San JoseUSA

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