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Rapid Reconfiguration and Part Repositioning With an Intelligent Fixturing System

[+] Author Affiliations
Thomas Papastathis, Marco Ryll, Svetan M. Ratchev

University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

Paper No. MSEC2007-31036, pp. 705-713; 9 pages
  • ASME 2007 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • ASME 2007 International Manufacturing Science and Engineering Conference
  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 15–18, 2007
  • Conference Sponsors: Manufacturing Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4290-8 | eISBN: 0-7918-3809-9
  • Copyright © 2007 by ASME


This paper presents two methodologies for rapid self-reconfiguration and precise part location for an intelligent fixturing system. After introducing the proposed fixture design consisting of movable actuators and integrated sensors, the methodology for the automated reconfiguration of the system is presented. This is an object-oriented approach ensuring that the fixture can work with various setups without the need of altering the control software. Finally, a part repositioning methodology is described that takes part geometrical errors into consideration.

Copyright © 2007 by ASME
Topics: Fixturing



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