PART PRESENTATION COSTS IN ROBOT ASSSMBLY.
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Before the development of the assembly robot, when a feeding device was used on an automatic assembly system, the most economic feeder to use was invariably the one with the least initial cost. However, when batch assembly work using robots is considered, the initial cost of the feeder is not the only important cost factor. If the assembly system is to produce several varieties, or styles of a product or several different products, the cost of changing the feeders over from one part type to another may form a substantial proportion of the assembly cost. This paper describes an investigation of the relative costs of using different parts presentation methods in robotic assembly.
Boothroyd, G., P. Dewhurst, and C. C. Lennartz. "PART PRESENTATION COSTS IN ROBOT ASSSMBLY.." Assembly Automation 5, 3 (1985): 138-141, 143. https://digitalcommons.uri.edu/mcise_facpubs/193