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Computational Intelligence and Neuroscience
Volume 2016, Article ID 6018686, 14 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/6018686
Research Article

Ubiquitous Robotic Technology for Smart Manufacturing System

Research Institute of Robotics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai 200240, China

Received 29 November 2015; Revised 26 April 2016; Accepted 9 May 2016

Academic Editor: Hiroki Tamura

Copyright © 2016 Wenshan Wang 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

As the manufacturing tasks become more individualized and more flexible, the machines in smart factory are required to do variable tasks collaboratively without reprogramming. This paper for the first time discusses the similarity between smart manufacturing systems and the ubiquitous robotic systems and makes an effort on deploying ubiquitous robotic technology to the smart factory. Specifically, a component based framework is proposed in order to enable the communication and cooperation of the heterogeneous robotic devices. Further, compared to the service robotic domain, the smart manufacturing systems are often in larger size. So a hierarchical planning method was implemented to improve the planning efficiency. A test bed of smart factory is developed. It demonstrates that the proposed framework is suitable for industrial domain, and the hierarchical planning method is able to solve large problems intractable with flat methods.