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Modular, mobile and autonomous robotics for manufacturing SMEs

Modular, mobile and autonomous robotics for manufacturing SMEs

Lancelot, Martin, Gao, Xiaoyu ORCID: 0000-0001-5625-3654, Le, Chi Hieu ORCID: 0000-0002-5168-2297, Ahmed, Sarhan, Sotia, Cherepeti and Antoine, Sarrazin (2022) Modular, mobile and autonomous robotics for manufacturing SMEs. In: Shafik, Mahmoud and Case, Keith, (eds.) Advances in Manufacturing Technology XXXV: Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on Manufacturing Research, Incorporating the 36th National Conference on Manufacturing Research, 6–8 September 2022, University of Derby, Derby, UK. Advances in Manufacturing Technology, 25 . IOS Press, Amsterdam; Berlin; Washington, DC, pp. 101-106. ISBN 978-1643683300; 978-1643683317 (doi:

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The CoRoT project is a collaboration of French and UK partners funded by the EU Interreg Programme. The CoRoT research group has developed a mobile robot demonstrating autonomous operations particularly aiming for applications within flexible manufacturing factories of small to medium enterprises (SMEs). The robot’s capability of full separation classifies it as a modular robotic system. Although the separation is possible, it introduces challenges in the areas of staff training, physical labour and workshop planning. This paper introduces a new method resolving the overt issues of lifting the robot, storing the robot and making use of the two systems as well as highlighting emergency stop regulations and maintaining the warranty of the equipment. By using a steel framed pneumatic lift, the top module can be removed and held in place, anchoring the arm for full operations whilst freeing the base to perform delivery tasks enabling seamless separation of modular robotic systems.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: autonomous and mobile robots; collaborative robotics; modular robotics; industry 4.0; flexible automation; health and safety; SME
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science
Faculty of Engineering & Science > School of Engineering (ENG)
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