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Functional Requirements of a Model for Kitting Plans



Stephen B. Balakirsky, Zeid Kootbally, Thomas R. Kramer, Rajmohan Madhavan, Craig I. Schlenoff, Michael O. Shneier


Industrial assembly of manufactured products is often performed by first bringing parts together in a kit and then moving the kit to the assembly area where the parts are used to assemble products. Kitting, the process of building kits, has not yet been automated in many industries where automation may be feasible. Consequently, the cost of building kits is higher than it could be. We are addressing this problem by building models of the knowledge that will be required to operate an automated kitting workstation. A first pass has been made at modeling non-executable information about a kitting workstation that will be needed, such as information about a robot, parts, kit designs, grippers, etc. A model (or models) of executable plans for building kits is also needed. The plans will be used by execution systems that control robots and other mechanical devices to build kits. The first steps in building a kitting plan model are to determine what the functional requirements are and what model constructs are needed to enable meeting those requirements. This paper discusses those issues.
Proceedings Title
2012 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop
Conference Dates
March 20-22, 2012
Conference Location
College Park, MD


Robotics, assembly, functional requirements, kitting, language, model, planning, process planning


Balakirsky, S. , Kootbally, Z. , Kramer, T. , Madhavan, R. , Schlenoff, C. and Shneier, M. (2012), Functional Requirements of a Model for Kitting Plans, 2012 Performance Metrics for Intelligent Systems Workshop, College Park, MD, [online], (Accessed July 12, 2024)


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Created March 22, 2012, Updated February 19, 2017