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Advances in Decision Sciences
Volume 2012, Article ID 428060, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/428060
Research Article

Virtual Commissioning of an Assembly Cell with Cooperating Robots

Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, University of Patras, 26500 Rio, Greece

Received 1 March 2012; Revised 8 July 2012; Accepted 25 August 2012

Academic Editor: Fumihiko Kimura

Copyright © 2012 S. Makris et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The Virtual Commissioning (VC) technology is the latest trend in automotive assembly which, among other benefits, promises a more efficient handling of the complexity in assembly systems, a great reduction in the system’s ramp-up time, and a resulting shortening of the product’s time to market. This paper presents the application of VC techniques to the case of an industrial robotic cell, involving cooperating robots. The complete workflow of the virtual validation of the cell is presented, and the implementation requirements are discussed. Based on the findings, the outlook and challenges for the wide-range adoption of VC technologies in large-scale assembly systems are provided.