Chapter . Intelligent Conceptual Design of Robot Grippers for Assembly Tasks

D.T. Pham, N.S. Gourashi and E.E. Eldukhri

Manufacturing Engineering centre, Cardiff University, Newport Road, Cardiff CF24 3AA, UK

Abstract

The design of optimum gripping systems for robotic assembly tasks is non-trivial. Traditionally, production engineers have been in charge of this task. Their involvement, however, should be minimised in a modern computer-controlled manufacturing environment. This paper presents a fully automated gripper design system. The system receives the CAD models of the components to be assembled, identifies their geometric structures, determines their dimensions, groups them in families and then generates the best gripping system capable of handling ...

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