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Implementation of Robot Systems

Book Description

Based on the author’s wide-ranging experience as a robot user, supplier and consultant, Implementation of Robot Systems will enable you to approach the use of robots in your plant or facility armed with the right knowledge base and awareness of critical factors to take into account. This book starts with the basics of typical applications and robot capabilities before covering all stages of successful robot integration. Potential problems and pitfalls are flagged and worked through so that you can learn from others’ mistakes and plan proactively with possible issues in mind. Taking in content from the author’s graduate level teaching of automation and robotics for engineering in business and his consultancy as part of a UK Government program to help companies advance their technologies and practices in the area, Implementation of Robot Systems blends technical information with critical financial and business considerations to help you stay ahead of the competition.

  • Includes case studies of typical robot capabilities and use across a range of industries, with real-world installation examples and problems encountered
  • Provides step-by-step coverage of the various stages required to achieve successful implementation, including system design, financial justification, working with suppliers and project management
  • Offers no-nonsense advice on the pitfalls and issues to anticipate, along with guidance on how to avoid or resolve them for cost and time-effective solutions

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Acknowledgements
  6. Dedication
  7. About the Author
  8. List of Figures
  9. List of Tables
  10. Chapter 1: Introduction
    1. Abstract
    2. 1.1 Scope
    3. 1.2 Introduction to Automation
    4. 1.3 Evolution of Robots
    5. 1.4 Development of Robot Applications
    6. 1.5 Robots Versus Employment
  11. Chapter 2: Industrial Robots
    1. Abstract
    2. 2.1 Robot Structures
    3. 2.2 Robot Performance
    4. 2.3 Robot Selection
    5. 2.4 Benefits of Robots
  12. Chapter 3: Automation System Components
    1. Abstract
    2. 3.1 Handling Equipment
    3. 3.2 Vision Systems
    4. 3.3 Process Equipment
    5. 3.4 Grippers and Tool Changers
    6. 3.5 Tooling and Fixturing
    7. 3.6 Assembly Automation Components
    8. 3.7 System Controls
    9. 3.8 Safety and Guarding
    10. 3.9 Summary
  13. Chapter 4: Typical Applications
    1. Abstract
    2. 4.1 Welding
    3. 4.2 Dispensing
    4. 4.3 Processing
    5. 4.4 Handling and Machine Tending
    6. 4.5 Assembly
  14. Chapter 5: Developing a Solution
    1. Abstract
    2. 5.1 Determining Application Parameters
    3. 5.2 Initial Concept Design
    4. 5.3 Controls and Safety
    5. 5.4 Testing and Simulation
    6. 5.5 Refining the Concept
  15. Chapter 6: Specification Preparation
    1. Abstract
    2. 6.1 Functional Elements of a Specification
    3. 6.2 Scope of Supply
    4. 6.3 Buy-Off Criteria
    5. 6.4 Covering Letter
    6. 6.5 Summary
  16. Chapter 7: Financial Justification
    1. Abstract
    2. 7.1 Benefits of Robots
    3. 7.2 Quick Financial Analysis
    4. 7.3 Identifying Cost Savings
    5. 7.4 Developing the Justification
    6. 7.5 Need for Appropriate Budgets
  17. Chapter 8: Successful Implementation
    1. Abstract
    2. 8.1 Project Planning
    3. 8.2 Vendor Selection
    4. 8.3 System Build and Buy-Off
    5. 8.4 Installation and Commissioning
    6. 8.5 Operation and Maintenance
    7. 8.6 Staff and Vendor Involvement
    8. 8.7 Avoiding Problems
    9. 8.8 Summary
  18. Chapter 9: Conclusion
    1. Abstract
    2. 9.1 Automation Strategy
    3. 9.2 The Way Forward
  19. References
  20. Abbreviations
  21. Bibliography
  22. Appendix
    1. User Requirements
    2. A.1 Overview
    3. A.2 Requirements
    4. A.3 Scope of Supply
    5. A.4 General
  23. Index