A Robotic Lift Assister: A Smart Companion for Heavy Payload Transport and Manipulation in Automotive Assembly

Yi Chen, Weitian Wang, Zoleikha Abdollahi, Zebin Wang, Joerg Schulte, Venkat Krovi, Yunyi Jia

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Abstract

Although as robot involvement in manufacturing for the transportation industry has increased dramatically in recent years [1], over 60% of automotive assembly tasks are still accomplished manually by human workers. The automotive assembly line presents numerous challenges, such as significant variability in tools and parts, flexible tasks, and unstructured and dynamic environments that preclude direct automation via traditional fenced robotic work cells. While human-robot collaboration offers a technically viable means to integrate robotic systems into automotive assembly [2]-[4], the lack of suitable robotic systems remains a challenge.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-119
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine
Volume25
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2018

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