Title: Configuring robot work cell in manufacturing industry

Authors: Nor Suriyanti Osman; Muhamad Arfauz A. Rahman; Azrul Azwan Abdul Rahman; Silah Hayati Kamsani; Effendi Mohamad; Bashir Mohamad Bali Mohamad; Zainul Azereen Zaini; Mohd Fairuz Ab Rahman

Addresses: Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Faculty of Manufacturing Engineering, Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka, Hang Tuah Jaya, 76100, Durian Tunggal, Melaka, Malaysia ' Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Aras 2, 3 and 4, Block D3, Kompleks D, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62530 W. P. Putrajaya, Malaysia ' Department of Occupational Safety and Health, Aras 2, 3 and 4, Block D3, Kompleks D, Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan, 62530 W. P. Putrajaya, Malaysia

Abstract: In this study, we have focused on the configuration of robot work cells since their ever-increasing adoption and the current manufacturing trends towards the automation along with a continuous improvement of the innovative technology. Also, we have highlighted and reviewed the different emerging strategies which focus on the configuration work and we have discussed and proposed a configuration strategy with its methodology. The earlier studies were reviewed to present an overview regarding any future work in this field. Additionally, a configuration strategy along with all the details regarding its phases and frameworks had been proposed which may assist in the development of flexible configuration system in the future. The primary purpose of this work is to propose a strategy with a methodology of robot work cell configuration for addressing few sustainability issues such as to improve configuration time, to optimise human and expert involvement and to capitalise available resource for investment.

Keywords: manufacturing strategy; industrial robot; robot work cell; configuration review; configuration strategy-FCS; methodology; sustainability.

DOI: 10.1504/IJASM.2017.088527

International Journal of Agile Systems and Management, 2017 Vol.10 No.3/4, pp.295 - 320

Received: 07 Nov 2016
Accepted: 07 Jun 2017

Published online: 01 Dec 2017 *

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