The Robot Manufacturing Cell
The primary feature which distinguishes a robot from fixed automation equipment is its flexibility. While fixed automation machinery may become obsolete when removed from the manufacturing process for which it was designed, the robot can easily be reprogrammed for use in other operations. However, robots and fixed automation equipment are similar in that the upstream and downstream elements are as important as the automation device itself in designing an efficient manufacturing process. The entire automated or semi-automated operation which involves a robot is often referred to as the “robot cell.” This chapter discusses the elements and design considerations of the robot manufacturing cell.
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