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Interactive assembly simulation with haptic feedback

Jérôme Perret (Haption GmbH, Aachen, Germany)
Christoph Kneschke (Department of Labour Sciences, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany)
Judy Vance (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA)
Georges Dumont (Department of Mechanical Engineering, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan, Rennes, France)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 26 July 2013




The paper aims to present interactive simulation with haptic feedback as a valid method for solving complex assembly problems in the context of industrial product development. Its purpose is to clarify the position of interactive simulation with respect to other methods, and to emphasize its specific value for design engineers.


The paper describes the challenges faced by design engineers in the context of design for assembly and assembly process planning. It introduces and compares automatic path planning and interactive simulation as two different approaches for checking the feasibility of assembly tasks. It provides a review of the scientific challenges and technical issues faced when implementing interactive simulation with haptic feedback in this context. It presents recent research results in the domains of final insertion and human model simulation.


The paper provides an overview of the scientific, technological and practical aspects of interactive simulation with haptic feedback. It explains how this method benefits from the manual skills and cognitive capabilities of the human operator for solving complex assembly problems. It proposes an assessment of the technical maturity using the Technology Readiness Level approach.


The paper gives insights about the maturity and usability of interactive assembly simulation with haptic feedback, for the benefit of design engineers seeking new ways to decrease product development time and costs while increasing quality.



Perret, J., Kneschke, C., Vance, J. and Dumont, G. (2013), "Interactive assembly simulation with haptic feedback", Assembly Automation, Vol. 33 No. 3, pp. 214-220.



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