The book covers CIM and manufacturing systems at a technical level, from description of the conventional ""islands of computerization"" to the components of CIM architecture. The business objectives of CIM are described, from analysis of the business environment to cost justification and implementation of CIM systems. CIM is seen as a business tool and not as an end in itself. Each individual and company needs to adapt the tools described in this book to best effect.
Study of this book should enable postgraduate students and professional engineers to deal confidently with the subject and use CIM techniques profitably.
This book is comprised of eight chapters and begins with an overview of the roots of robotics and the use of robots in the manufacturing environment; advances in robot technology and typical applications of robots; reasons for using robots in the manufacturing environment; and the different manufacturing functions they perform, including visual inspection and intricate welding operations. A definition of the word ""robot"" is presented, and the impact of robots on jobs is considered. Subsequent chapters focus on the elements of a robot system, including the computer/controller, actuator power drive, and sensors; sensor applications in robotics; robotic usage by industry; economic justification of robotics; manufacturing technology and the role robotics can play in improving the United States' competitive manufacturing position; and the impact of robots on people and vice versa. The final chapter is devoted to market trends and competitiveness of the U.S. robotics industry and assesses the future prospects of robotics.
This monograph should be a valuable resource for technologists and researchers interested in robots and robotics.
Thoroughly revised, this authoritative report continues to provide a comprehensive, yet accessible introduction to Fixed Industrial Robots.
This 1991/92 edition ensures that professionals involved in Factory Automation have a comprehensive reference source enabling them to keep abreast of all the key developments in this powerful and rapidly evolving technology.
The report examines the different kinds of industrial robots from the following angles:
• How they are programmed to perform certain tasks.
• How they are integrated into the manufacturing process.
• Their use in manufacturing plants for assembly, painting, sealant application and welding.
• Vision systems
• Expert systems
• Industrial end effectors
• Commercial end–of–arm tooling
• Automatic guided vehicles
• Robotics safety
• Checking and evaluating robots
• The economic justifications for robots
• Employee support for robots.
This extensive report provides an essential overview of cells and their use as factory automation building blocks.
The following issues are discussed in depth:
• Cell integration
• Cell software and standards
• Future technologies applied to cells
• Cell control applications including:
– rotary parts manufacturing
– diesel engine component development
– general cell control development at the General Electric Corporation
– a vendor list.