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The waiting period might be due to the robot being occupied elsewhere, etc…
Therefore the period actually utilized in transforming the part into another form is the effective
Robot task functional utilization.
This refers to robotic movements involved in doing work or intending to do work (i.e.
transferring parts). It does not include wait periods at the neutral position and any tool changes.
In addition the time taken to reach the neutral position after working is idle time.
Therefore, idle time is;
- waiting at neutral position
- period to reach position
- tool changes
It is not common to find that in some cases the average robot cycle time might be less that a
However, the robot’s higher productivity, measured in terms of increased parts per day,
represents an economic gain, in addition, improved quality and reduction in waste.
Productivity = output/hour ; is a better measure of the performance of a robotic cell.
Can compare the productivity of manned and robot station:
For the machining operation described above; S. Venkannah October 2006 MECH 4041
Available cutting time
System at rest or otherwise
Part cycle time
(loss of efficiency with time)
Throughput = [(Total utilization)
/(Fatigue factor*total)] S. Venkannah Robotics Technology
Manned Robot October 2006 MECH 4041 Robotics Technology GRIPPER:
It is common for assembly robots to have to make provision for gripper changes for all but
simple assemblies, in order to meet different picking requirement and to handle different shaped
parts. Of the various methods of gripping – mechanical, electromagnetic, pneumatic, etc.- each
is generally suitable for a small range of part sizes. Since gripper changes are non productive,
they should be minimized and this can be achieved by:
1. Mount two grippers on the robot arm and make use of the wrist roll feature to select the
appropriate one. This is an excellent solution on occasion, but its application is probable
suited to only a very small proportion of robotic assembly problems.
2. Develop a “universal programmable” gripper which can cope with a much wider range of
part sizes and geometries. Much effort is currently going into such development and
grippers much more versatile than those currently in use will become available but this
will be at the cost...
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