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Virtual reality based support system for layout planning and programming of an industrial robotic work cell

Yap, Hwa Jen and Zahari, Taha and Siti Zawiah, Md Dawal and Chang, Siow Wee (2014) Virtual reality based support system for layout planning and programming of an industrial robotic work cell. PLoS ONE, 9 (10). pp. 1-15. ISSN 1932-6203

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Abstract

Traditional robotic work cell design and programming are considered inefficient and outdated in current industrial and market demands. In this research, virtual reality (VR) technology is used to improve human-robot interface, whereby complicated commands or programming knowledge is not required. The proposed solution, known as VR-based Programming of a Robotic Work Cell (VR-Rocell), consists of two sub-programmes, which are VR-Robotic Work Cell Layout (VR-RoWL) and VR-based Robot Teaching System (VR-RoT). VR-RoWL is developed to assign the layout design for an industrial robotic work cell, whereby VR-RoT is developed to overcome safety issues and lack of trained personnel in robot programming. Simple and user-friendly interfaces are designed for inexperienced users to generate robot commands without damaging the robot or interrupting the production line. The user is able to attempt numerous times to attain an optimum solution. A case study is conducted in the Robotics Laboratory to assemble an electronics casing and it is found that the output models are compatible with commercial software without loss of information. Furthermore, the generated KUKA commands are workable when loaded into a commercial simulator. The operation of the actual robotic work cell shows that the errors may be due to the dynamics of the KUKA robot rather than the accuracy of the generated programme. Therefore, it is concluded that the virtual reality based solution approach can be implemented in an industrial robotic work cell.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Process development; Robotics; Virtual reality; Computer interface
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Faculty/Division: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 31 Dec 2019 06:39
Last Modified: 31 Dec 2019 06:39
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/25412
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