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Development of An Automated Configuration System for Robot Work Cell

N. S. Osman, M. A. A. Rahman, A. A. Abdul Rahman, S. H. Kamsani, B. M. Bali Mohamad, E. Mohamad, Z. A. Zaini


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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