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Test Methods for Robot Agility in Manufacturing



Anthony J. Downs, William S. Harrison, Craig I. Schlenoff


In today's world of fast-paced change and ever evolving technologies, there is constant pressure on manufactures for agile production. The need for customization and robustness require today's manufacturers to shift production goals quickly, and address process problems and anomalies in a fluid, efficient manner. In the context of this paper, we define agility as "the ability of a robot system to succeed in an environment of continuous and unpredictable change by reacting efficiently and effectively to changing factors." The purpose of this paper is to define and describe test methods and metrics to assess industrial robot system agility in both simulation and in reality. The test methods include both quantitative and qualitative metrics for assessing system efficiency and effectiveness which can then be used for the assessment of system agility.
Industrial Robot Journal
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Agility, Software, Test Methods, Manufacturing, Kitting, Kit Building, Simulation


Downs, A. , Harrison, W. and Schlenoff, C. (2016), Test Methods for Robot Agility in Manufacturing, Industrial Robot Journal, [online], (Accessed May 18, 2024)


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Created June 2, 2016, Updated November 10, 2018