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Abstract: Manufacturing of high quality composite products generally takes one of two forms; either entirely manual hand layup or entirely automated tape laying. In this work, the first steps are taken towards a hybrid human-robot collaboration based. This approach has been successfully used in many other industries with goal of combining the mechanical capabilities of a robotic system with the cognition and awareness of a human worker. In this study three composite prepreg layups are completed using a combination of manual and automated processes. The conclusion is that the robot can offer benefits in some areas of layup but the potential time savings using this particular approach may be only be modest. Further works are outlined which aim towards utilizing the other benefits that collaboration would could offer such as improved quality, reduced need for vacuum consolidation and reduced worker fatigue.  


Authors: Michael Elkington, Nikita Ghandi, Mark Libby, Andrew Kirby, Carwyn Ward 


Conference: CAMX 2017 –Orlando


SKU/Code: TP17-0266


Pages: 15


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