Objective: Enable manufacturers to quickly and easily put together robotic assembly systems with human-like capabilities using interoperable components, by delivering an analysis, information model, protocol, reference implementation, test methods, and tools.
Technical Idea: Making it easier for manufacturers to put together fully-integrated robotic workcells requires standards for the interfaces between all the components. These standards are in place today for simple assembly systems, but lack support for the advanced assembly operations that are needed to make the breakthrough improvements in assembly time and cost to remain globally competitive. This new information spans high-speed, real-time sensor data through non-real time models of high-level assembly objectives. Specifically, NIST will work with industry groups and standards developers to identify the new
information needs, define information models, and revise existing standards or publish new standards as appropriate.
Research Plan: To successfully carry out the technical plan, NIST will:
- Conduct a standards gap analysis to identify information needs. This assessment will serve as the basis for prioritizing subsequent work.
- Develop information models as revisions to existing standards or as the basis for new standards. The principal output of this work will be formal information models, and publications describing the research leading to these models.
- Validate the information models in testbed activities with cooperative agreement participants and industrial partners. This activity will likely result in changes to the preceding information models, an iterative process intended to improve the final results.
- Work with standards development organizations to publish these revisions or new standards.
Software developed by NIST during the course of these activities will be made available to implementers to accelerate the commercialization of systems that conform to these new standards.