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Design method of human–industrial robot collaborative workstation with industrial application


Fredrik Ore, Juan Luis Jiménez Sánchez , Magnus Wiktorsson, Lars Hanson

Publication Type:

Journal article


International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufactuirng




How to design Human–Industrial Robot Collaborative (HIRC) workstations is one of the key challenges in the realisation of safe and efficient HIRC systems in industry. The aim of this paper is to present a simple method to be used in early phases of HIRC workstation design. The design method requires a simulation tool and is based on systematic design methodologies and its reference work, Pahl and Beitz´s engineering design framework. The proposed HIRC designmethod consists of four phases: planning and clarifying the work task, conceptual design, embodiment design and detail design, where iteration loops back to previous phases are vital. This design method is applied in an industrial HIRC design case on assembly of a flywheel cover on a heavy vehicle engine block. In this application example, a previously developed HIRC simulation software is used to generate quantitative values on identified evaluation criteria, in this case operation time and biomechanical load. This proposed HIRC design method in combination with any type of simulation tool enables the systematic design of HIRC workstations early in the production development process.


author = {Fredrik Ore and Juan Luis Jim{\'e}nez S{\'a}nchez and Magnus Wiktorsson and Lars Hanson},
title = {Design method of human–industrial robot collaborative workstation with industrial application},
volume = {33},
number = {9},
pages = {911--924},
month = {September},
year = {2020},
journal = {International Journal of Computer Integrated Manufactuirng},
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