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Experiments with service-oriented architectures for industrial robotic cells programming

Veiga, G.; Pires, J. N. and Nilsson, Klas LU (2009) In Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing 25(4-5). p.746-755
Abstract
Integration of equipment in industrial robot cells is to an increasing part involved with interfacing modern Ethernet technologies and low-cost mass produced devices, such as vision systems, laser cameras, force-torque sensors, soft-PLCs, digital pens, pocket-PCs, etc. This scenario enables integrators to offer powerful and smarter solutions, more adapted to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), capable of integrating process knowledge and interface better with humans. Nevertheless, programming all these devices efficiently requires too much specific knowledge about the devices, their hardware architectures and specific programming languages, details about system communication low-level protocols, and other tricky details at the system... (More)
Integration of equipment in industrial robot cells is to an increasing part involved with interfacing modern Ethernet technologies and low-cost mass produced devices, such as vision systems, laser cameras, force-torque sensors, soft-PLCs, digital pens, pocket-PCs, etc. This scenario enables integrators to offer powerful and smarter solutions, more adapted to small and medium enterprises (SMEs), capable of integrating process knowledge and interface better with humans. Nevertheless, programming all these devices efficiently requires too much specific knowledge about the devices, their hardware architectures and specific programming languages, details about system communication low-level protocols, and other tricky details at the system level. To address these issues, this paper describes and analyses two of the most interesting service-oriented architectures (SOA) available, which exhibit characteristics that are well adapted to industrial robotics cells. To compare, discuss and evaluate their programming features and applicability a test bed was specially designed, and the two SOA are fully implemented to program the test bed. Special focus is given to the way services are specified and to the orchestration tools used to manage system logic. The obtained results show clearly that using integrations schemes based on SOA reduces system integration time and are more adapted to industrial robotic cell system integrators. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. (Less)
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Industrial robotic cell programming, Service-oriented architectures, Robotic systems adapted to SMEs
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Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing
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4-5
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746 - 755
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Elsevier
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10.1016/j.rcim.2008.09.001
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  author       = {Veiga, G. and Pires, J. N. and Nilsson, Klas},
  issn         = {0736-5845},
  keyword      = {Industrial robotic cell programming,Service-oriented architectures,Robotic systems adapted to SMEs},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {4-5},
  pages        = {746--755},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing},
  title        = {Experiments with service-oriented architectures for industrial robotic cells programming},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2008.09.001},
  volume       = {25},
  year         = {2009},
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