Development of an automated configuration system for robot work cell

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

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Configuration robot work cell has received considerable attention in the last few years due to it is very knowledge-intensive, intricate, and time-consuming process. This paper elaborated the development process of the automated configuration system (ACS) for (re-)configuring robot work cell while satisfying certain requirements of users in an innovative way. The primary purpose of this work was to provide a fast configuration system with less cost and human involvement at little or no further investment. The ACS was constructed based on the variant-shaped configuration concept with its mathematical model. A configuration and programming structure with a graphical user interface (GUI) were the outcomes of this work that were capable of determining the optimal robot work cell according to the user requirements e.g. the number of a robot, Nr and the types of configuration. This work utilized both macro and Visual Basic (VB) editor in CATIA 3D CAD software for creating a completed user interface. The current outcomes of this work will provide a basis for future investigation in determining the optimal layout of robot work cell that is dependable on other requirements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-128
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology
Issue number1 Special Issue
Publication statusPublished - 29 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We are grateful to Universiti Teknikal Malaysia Melaka (UTeM) for funding the study under MyBrain UTeM and providing materials, support and useful information. This work is also a collaborative work with the Department of Occupational Safety & Health (DOSH) Malaysia.

Copyright 2017 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Automated Configuration System (ACS)
  • Interface (GUI) and Visual Basic (VB)
  • Robot work cell

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Control and Optimization
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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