A reconfigurable robotic folding system for confectionery industry

Wei Yao, Jian S Dai, Tony Medland, Glen Mullineux

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Abstract

Purpose - This paper aims to investigate reconfigurable technology using robotic technology for folding carton in confectionery industry.

Design/methodology/approach - Based on the analysis of common motion and manipulation, modules such as robotic fingers and robotic folders are explored and designed. A robotic system is then constructed by arranging those modules for diverse cartons.

Findings - A prototyped test rig shows the adaptability of the robotic system. The reconfigurability of the robotic system is realized and verified by experiments and an industrial demonstrator. Practical implications - This research leads to the development of a demonstrator, manufactured and controlled by industries, to further commercial exploitation of this robotic system. It has been applied in a strict industry environment for a chocolate manufacturer.

Originality/value - This robotic system applied successfully the theory of reconfigurability by using modularity in packaging systems into confectionery industry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)542-551
Number of pages10
JournalIndustrial Robot
Volume37
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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