Flexible and automated workholding systems

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Abstract

The development of advanced and flexible manufacturing systems and workholding systems that easily adjust in high-volume or low volume production environments was discussed. The flexible manufacturing systems were defined as a production unit capable of manufacturing a family of products with a minimum amount of manual intervention. Such a system consisted of workstations equipped with multi-axis robotic systems to perform manufacturing operations. The approach to workholding involved designing and manufacturing dedicated fixtures that were single-purpose devices designed for specific parts and manufacturing operations. The future research would focus on the development of systems capable of manufacturing a wider family of workpieces and reducing cost.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-34
Number of pages6
JournalIndustrial Robot
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1995

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