The National Institute of Standards and Technology organized a free workshop in conjunction with the 2013 Automate and ProMat trade shows in Chicago, IL. The workshop addressed the application of dexterous robot technologies to meet the application needs of small- and medium-sized manufacturers, and to promote the greater theme of applying dexterous robotics toward flexible manufacturing. This report summarizes three technical sessions featuring presentations from industry leaders in dexterous grasping, robot arm technology, and flexible manufacturing and the results of open-format panel discussions that followed. Key discussions included desired application scenarios requiring more dexterous manipulation, current state-of-the-art versus desired technological capabilities, high priority advances needed to enable industry's needs for more dexterous robots, and performance metrics to support the advancement of dexterous robots.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7940
manufacture, robot, dexterity, manipulation, grasp, performance