Towards Multi-Functional Robot-Based Automation Systems

Andreas Angerer, Michael Vistein, Alwin Hoffmann, Wolfgang Reif, Florian Krebs and Manfred Schönheits

Multi-functional robot cells will play an important role in smart factories of the future. Equipped with flexible toolings, teams of robots will be able to realize manufacturing processes with growing complexity. However, to efficiently support small batch sizes and a multitude of process variants, powerful software tools are required. This paper illustrates the challenges that developers face in multi-functional robot cells, using the example of CFRP production. The vision of a new programming environment for such future flexible automation systems is sketched.
published 21.07.2015 Proc. 12th International Conference on Informatics in Control, Automation and Robotics (ICINCO 2015), Colmar, Alsace, France, July 21-23, 2015 DOI:


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