Chapter . Reconfigurable Robots towards the Manufacturing of the Future

N. A. Aspragathos

Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, Rion 26500, Greece

Abstract

This work presents the research advances on reconfigurable robots for manufacturing applications. The differences between the fixed-anatomy and variable-anatomy robots and the promises for higher flexibility are presented. The main aspects of the reconfigurable robots are classified and discussed. The classification of the platforms and modules are presented and their characteristics are commented. Representative methods for the design, planning and control of reconfigurable robots and the relevant software for the simulation and operation of the reconfigurable ...

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