Configuring robot work cell based on a multi-shaped layout approach

N. S. Osman, M. A.A. Rahman*, A. A. Abdul Rahman, S. H. Kamsani, E. Mohamad, B. M.B. Mohamad, Z. A. Zaini, M. F.A. Rahman

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This paper describes developmental work on a multi-shaped layout approach for configuring robot work cells in the future. The idea is to configure robot work cells based on the total number of robots and its variations of layouts. At present, the multi-shaped layout of robot work cells is developed by joining two or more robot work cells in the form of a square-shaped layout based on several constraints and conditions. Data on the probable multi-shaped layouts of robot work cells have been tabulated, and the complexity of data for each configuration was compared. Afterward, the configuration with the least complexity was selected to be the optimum configuration concept. As a result, a configuration pattern with a mathematical relation between the number of robots and the number of possible multi-shaped layouts was able to be extracted using MATLAB. The details regarding the development phases of this work are presented. The primary purpose of this work is to provide a configuration concept of robot work cells for assisting system design engineers in configuring robot work cells which could enhance configuration time, minimise human and expert involvement, and capitalise available investment resources in future. This developmental outcome is relevant for inline configurations of robot work cells. The currentoutcomes of this work provide a basic concept for future investigation on developing a flexible configuration system for multiple robot work cells.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4826-4845
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 01 Dec 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported by grant No. FRGS/1/2017/TK03/FKP-AMC/F00342 from the Fundamental Research Grant Scheme of the Malaysia Ministry of Higher Education. We are also grateful to Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) for funding the research student under MyBrain UTeM and providing materials support and useful information. This work is also a collaborative work with the Department of Occupational Safety & Healh (DOSH) Malaysia.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2017 Universiti Malaysia Pahang Publishing.

Copyright 2018 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Configuration
  • Industrial robot
  • Multi shape
  • Reconfigurable and flexible manufacturing system

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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