October 17-21, 2018 World Robot Summit 2018 | August / October 2020 World Robot Summit 2020
Industrial Robotics Category
“Toward agile one-oﬀ manufacturing”
This category aims at realizing future manufacturing systems
that can respond to variously changing orders
(ultimately, even an order for one-oﬀ product)
by reconﬁguring the system in agile and lean manners.
Chairperson, Industrial Robotics Competition Committee
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kobe University
Industrial robots that have spread rapidly worldwide since the 1980s have played an important role in the field of manufacturing.
Although industrial robots, which are good at accurately repeating the same task but inflexible, had been efficient in mass production era, they have become difficult to meet the demands of high-mix low-volume production in recent years.
Particularly, "assembly" is a difficult task for robots because it takes time to prepare peripheral devices such as part feeders and jigs, and careful teaching is required for precise part fitting. Therefore, many assembling works are performed manually by human workers.
However, labor shortage and labor cost is becoming a serious problem recently both in Japan and abroad, and realization of a robot system that can handle high-mix low-volume production is strongly desired.
Based on this background, we in the WRC manufacturing category expect participating teams to develop a robot system that can automatically generate motion procedures from given product information and can recognize, grasp, and assemble various parts including flexible parts. Ultimately, we aim at "agile one-off manufacturing" where efficient manufacturing is possible even for one-off products by quickly reconfiguring the system without teaching and jigs.
Scheduled to start from 4th Jan. 2018
This contest is aimed at configuring robot systems for the quick and accurate assembly of model products containing technical components required in assembling industrial products and other goods.