Bringing path planning and lean automation together



Publication Details

Polden, J., Pan, Z., Larkin, N. & Van Duin, S. (2012). Bringing path planning and lean automation together. Advanced Materials Research, 591-593 1371-1375.


In order to achieve higher productivity and flexibility, manufacturing industry is turning increasingly to robotics based lean automation systems. This lean approach presents a series of new challenges for the control, operation and programming of robotic hardware implemented to carry out a range of manufacturing processes. This paper reviews relevant path planning methodologies alongside a specific set of requirements for a manipulator operating in a lean automation workcell. Then, new challenges to path planning for a lean automation system are presented. Finally, a framework for a new path planner is developed and its performance is compared to existing methods. © (2012) Trans Tech Publications, Switzerland.

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