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Publication date: 5 October 2018

Zhimin Hou, Markus Philipp, Kuangen Zhang, Yong Guan, Ken Chen and Jing Xu

This paper aims to present an optimization algorithm combined with the impedance control strategy to optimize the robotic dual peg-in-hole assembly task, and to reduce the…

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to present an optimization algorithm combined with the impedance control strategy to optimize the robotic dual peg-in-hole assembly task, and to reduce the assembly time and smooth the contact forces during assembly process with a small number of experiments.

Design/methodology/approach

Support vector regression is used to predict the fitness of genes in evolutionary algorithm, which can reduce the number of real-world experiments. The control parameters of the impedance control strategy are defined as genes, and the assembly time is defined as the fitness of genes to evaluate the performance of the selected parameters.

Findings

The learning-based evolutionary algorithm is proposed to optimize the dual peg-in-hole assembly process only requiring little prior knowledge instead of modeling for the complex contact states. A virtual simulation and real-world experiments are implemented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed algorithm.

Practical implications

The proposed algorithm is quite useful for the real-world industrial applications, especially the scenarios only allowing a small number of trials.

Originality/value

The paper provides a new solution for applying optimization techniques in real-world tasks. The learning component can solve the data efficiency of the model-free optimization algorithms.

Details

Assembly Automation, vol. 38 no. 4
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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Publication date: 3 April 2017

Kuangen Zhang, MinHui Shi, Jing Xu, Feng Liu and Ken Chen

This paper aims to realize the automatic assembly process for multiple rigid peg-in-hole components.

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Purpose

This paper aims to realize the automatic assembly process for multiple rigid peg-in-hole components.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper develops fuzzy force control strategies for the rigid dual peg-in-hole assembly. Firstly the fuzzy force control strategies are presented. Secondly the contact states and contact forces are analyzed to prove the availability of the force control strategies.

Findings

The rigid dual peg-in-hole assembly experimental results show the effectiveness of the control strategies.

Originality/value

This paper proposes fuzzy force control strategies for a rigid dual peg-in-hole assembly task.

Details

Assembly Automation, vol. 37 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0144-5154

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