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Industrial Robots For Measurement And Inspection Purposes
Author(s): R, J. Ahlers
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Paper Abstract

The use of industrial robots for measuring and testing is becoming increasingly significant as a component of flexible production. In the early stages of their development robots were used mainly for monotonous and repetitive tasks such as handling and spot welding. Thanks to improvements in the precision with which they work and also in control and regulation technologies, it is possible today to employ robots as flexible, sensor-assisted and even "intellligent" tools for measuring and testing. As a result, however, much higher accuracy is demanded of the robots used for such purposes. In addition, robot measurement and acceptance test requirements have become more exacting. The present paper is based on recommendations that have been developed by cooperative work of the Association of German-Engineers (VDI/GMA). The appropriate working group is entitled "Industrial Robots -Measurement and Inspection". The author is the chairman of this working group. Apart from the technical equipment involved, the use of industrial robots for measuring purposes also calls for the devi-sing and programming of appropriate measuring strategies. In this context the planning and implementation of measuring projects have to be discussed along with software reliability and on-line/off-line programming strategies. Four different utilizations of robots for measuring and testing are presented and illustrated by examples.

Paper Details

Date Published: 9 February 1989
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1008, Expert Robots for Industrial Use, (9 February 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.949121
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R, J. Ahlers, Fraunhofer-Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1008:
Expert Robots for Industrial Use
David P. Casasent; Ernest L. Hall; Kenneth J. Stout, Editor(s)

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