Outlines the methods and costs of converting existing robotic systems to new applications and gives research results of software and hardware conversion strategies which speed up re‐configuration. Discusses the trade‐offs between buying new solutions or upgrading old ones, describes the uses and extra costs of multi‐arm systems and attempts to generalize the applications to which they can be put. Concludes that the application of co‐operating, multi‐arm systems can provide high system reusability, although this is at the cost of greater planning needs, some of which have been met. Continued enhancement of processing power, sensing and operator interfaces are permitting multi‐arm systems to be used and reused in versatile, high dexterity industrial applications.
Dodds, G., Cao, B. and Hamilton, K. (1996), "Multi‐arm robotics: a solution to fast re‐configuration for changing automated tasks", Industrial Robot, Vol. 23 No. 1, pp. 22-26. https://doi.org/10.1108/01439919610108819Download as .RIS
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