[ros-users] [News] Feature Ranking For Flexible Robotic Systems

Rasmus Hasle Andersen raha at teknologisk.dk
Fri Aug 21 09:00:15 UTC 2015

Dear fellow roboticist,

As part of the current research at the Danish Technological Institute (DTI), we are investigating the preferences for future robotic systems - in flexible manufacturing scenarios.
To this end, we kindly ask you to participate in our online survey<http://www.1000minds.com/go/dti>.

The survey is available at this location www.1000minds.com/go/dti<http://www.1000minds.com/go/dti>. Follow the link to participate and thereby help us identify the most important features - based on your personal experience.

Further details
In recent years, much effort has been spent on robotic systems for flexible production environments, specifically aimed at the Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) segment. There is a general consensus that reconfigurability, adaptability and intuitive reprogramming are necessary features - but which features are the most important for such systems?

Must such systems automatically adapt to (minor) changes in the productions, enable fast reconfiguration by experts, or should the instruction/programming be possible for non-skilled users?
As part of current research at the Danish Technological Institute, we are investigating just this: which features are the most important for such flexible robotic systems?

Follow this link to sign up for participation:

We are asking you to rank features of such flexible robotic systems through the survey. Participants are asked to rank the following system features based on the main question:

Which of the following features would you prefer in a robotic system for flexible manufacturing in low-volume scenarios?
(Assuming they are identical on all other parameters...)

*         The system is controllable from a multitude of devices (PC, tablet, smartphones, etc.)

*         The system is controllable from a single device.

*         The system allows existing personnel easily to adapt it to changes in production.

*         The system enables fast instruction of new processes by existing personnel.

*         The system interaction interface can be used to control and configure many different units (different robots, sensors, actuators, etc.).

*         The system can automatically adjust to changes in the production environment.

*         The system facilitates fast changeover between existing processes already programmed in the system.

*         The system enables the same hardware and/or software to be reused for different tasks/processes.

*         The system enables fast reconfiguration of hardware and software to accommodate new processes.

*         The system enables fast integration of sensors, actuators and other units (cameras, distance sensors, robots, fixtures etc.)

*         New functionality can easily be integrated into an existing system.
Please distribute this request for participation within your, to help gather as much usable information as possible. Further details on the survey is available at www.dti.dk/robotic_survey<http://www.dti.dk/robotic_survey>

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at raha at dti.dk<mailto:raha at dti.dk>.

Best regards,

Rasmus Hasle Andersen

Industrial Researcher
Robot Technology
Mobile +45 72 20 18 64
raha at teknologisk.dk

<mailto:raha at teknologisk.dk>Danish Technological Institute
Forskerparken 10F
5230 Odense
Telephone +45 72 20 20 00

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