Basic behaviour control of the vision‐based cognitive robotic disassembly automation

Supachai Vongbunyong (Life Cycle Engineering and Management Research Group, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Sami Kara (Life Cycle Engineering and Management Research Group, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
Maurice Pagnucco (School of Computer Science and Engineering, The University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Publication date: 15 February 2013

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to develop an automated disassembly cell that is flexible and robust to the physical variations of a product. In this way it is capable of dealing with any model of product, regardless of the level of detail in the supplied information.

Design/methodology/approach

The concept of cognitive robotics is used to replicate human level expertise in terms of perception and decision making. As a result, difficulties with respect to the uncertainties and variations of the product in the disassembly process are resolved.

Findings

Cognitive functions, namely reasoning and execution monitoring, can be used in basic behaviour control to address problems in variations of the disassembly process due to variations in the product's structure particularly across different models of the product.

Research limitations/implications

The paper provides a practical approach to formulating the disassembly domain and behaviour control of the cognitive robotic agent via a high‐level logical programming language that combines domain‐specific heuristic knowledge with search to deal with variations in products and uncertainties that arise during the disassembly process.

Practical implications

Full disassembly automation that is flexible and robust to the uncertainties that may arise potentially replaces human labour in a difficult and hazardous task. Consequently, the disassembly process will be more economically feasible, especially in developed countries.

Originality/value

The paper provides a practical approach to the basic cognitive functions that replicate the human expert's behaviour to the disassembly cell.

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Citation

Vongbunyong, S., Kara, S. and Pagnucco, M. (2013), "Basic behaviour control of the vision‐based cognitive robotic disassembly automation", Assembly Automation, Vol. 33 No. 1, pp. 38-56. https://doi.org/10.1108/01445151311294694

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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