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Autonomous industrial mobile manipulation (AIMM): past, present and future

Mads Hvilshøj (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, Denmark)
Simon Bøgh (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, Denmark)
Oluf Skov Nielsen (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, Denmark)
Ole Madsen (Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Aalborg University, Aalborg East, Denmark)

Industrial Robot

ISSN: 0143-991x

Article publication date: 2 March 2012

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to provide a review of the interdisciplinary research field, autonomous industrial mobile manipulation (AIMM), with an emphasis on physical implementations and applications.

Design/methodology/approach

Following an introduction to AIMM, this paper investigates the missing links and gaps between the research and developments efforts and the real‐world application requirements, in order to bring the AIMM technology from laboratories to manufacturing environments. The investigation is based on 12 general application requirements for robotics: sustainability, configuration, adaptation, autonomy, positioning, manipulation and grasping, robot‐robot interaction, human‐robot interaction, process quality, dependability, and physical properties.

Findings

The concise yet comprehensive review provides both researchers (academia) and practitioners (industry) with a quick and gentle overview of AIMM. Furthermore, the paper identifies key open issues and promising research directions to realize real‐world integration and maturation of the AIMM technology.

Originality/value

This paper reviews the interdisciplinary research field, autonomous industrial mobile manipulation (AIMM).

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Citation

Hvilshøj, M., Bøgh, S., Skov Nielsen, O. and Madsen, O. (2012), "Autonomous industrial mobile manipulation (AIMM): past, present and future", Industrial Robot, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 120-135. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439911211201582

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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