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Autonomous industrial robots and task path modelling theory

David R. Moore (David Moore is a Lecturer at the Department of Building Engineering, UMIST, PO Box 88, Manchester M60 1QD, UK. E‐mail: david.r.moore@umist.ac.uk)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 1 April 2000

Abstract

A discouraging problem regarding the use of robots within production processes is the perception by designers of single, unique products (such as buildings) that a manufacturing approach, reliant upon high levels of standardisation, constrains design creativity. An alternative approach, based upon the production philosophy of true simplification, is proposed. This suggests that robots be provided with an ability to reason founded in Task Path modelling theory, enabling them to autonomously carry out task planning within the context of the production problem, and path planning within the production environment. These actions are combined as the basis of task path theory. Task path theory does not infer that robots attempt to emulate human operatives in their physical actions with regard to the production process.

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Moore, D.R. (2000), "Autonomous industrial robots and task path modelling theory", Industrial Robot, Vol. 27 No. 2, pp. 131-138. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439910010315454

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