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Measuring and Representing the Performance of Manufacturing Assembly Robots



Michael O. Shneier, Elena R. Messina, Craig I. Schlenoff, Frederick M. Proctor, Thomas Kramer, Joseph Falco


With the growth of robotic technology, there is a need for performance measures to characterize and compare robots and to help determine which features are most suited to a particular application. Robot systems are complex and involve a wide range of features and performance characteristics whose importance differs depending on the application domain. This paper describes a set of assembly performance measures associated with the different features along with an exploration of how one could represent this information. It organizes the assembly measures in reference to a taxonomy of assembly skills and tasks. Arranging the performance measures in this way will simplify the task of selecting a particular robot system for an assembly task by helping focus on those aspects of the task that are most critical.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 8090
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robotics, assembly, performance metrics, knowledge representation, ontologies


Shneier, M. , Messina, E. , Schlenoff, C. , Proctor, F. , Kramer, T. and Falco, J. (2015), Measuring and Representing the Performance of Manufacturing Assembly Robots, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online],, (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created December 9, 2015, Updated October 12, 2021