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CAD/CAM: Computer-Aided Design and Manufacturing by JR. - Department of Industrial Engineering, Lehigh University Emory W. Zimmers,, Mikell P. Groover

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Chapter 10Robot Technology1

1 Portions of this chapter and the following chapter are based on Groover [6,7].

10.1 Introduction

An industrial robot is a general-purpose, programmable machine possessing certain anthropomorphic characteristics. The most typical anthropomorphic, or humanlike, characteristic of a robot is its arm. This arm, together with the robot’s capacity to be programmed, makes it ideally suited to a variety of production tasks, including machine loading, spot welding, spray painting, and assembly. The robot can be programmed to perform a sequence of mechanical motions, and it can repeat that motion sequence over and over until reprogrammed to perform some other job.

An industrial robot shares many attributes in common with ...

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