Lean Robotics Design Introduction

This section covers the Design phase of the Lean Robotics methodology. The objective is to give you an overview of this phase before going into the details of a specific application. 

Before starting, make sure you have the following inputs:

  • Project scope
  • Timeline
  • Team 

Once you gathered all the information, you can jump to the Design phase.

At the end of this phase, you should have everything you need to start the next phase: Integrate. In other words, the goal of the Design phase is to have these documents on hand:

  • Bill of materials
  • Cell plans
  • Schematics

Four steps need to be followed to achieve the goal: 

  1. Manual task mapping 
  2. Robotic task mapping
  3. Comparison
  4. Finalization

Watch the video below to learn more about this method, which will help you during the Design phase of your project.

 Click here to download the Task Mapping Template

Step One: Manual Task Mapping

Manual task mapping is an analysis of the various steps performed by the operator to complete the task. It will later be converted to a robotic task mapping.

Here is a flowchart that you can use to help you build a task map:

Manual Cell Process Flowchart.

 Each of the steps will be covered in detail in the following lessons, so don’t hesitate to refer to them for more information.

Step Two: Robotic Task Mapping

The robotic task mapping has the same structure as the manual task mapping. It consists of taking the manual cell process flow chart (filled out beforehand), and to convert it to a robotic task mapping.

Here is a flowchart that you can use to help you build a robotic task mapping:

Robotic Cell Process Flowchart.

 

Each of the steps will be covered in detail in the following lessons, so don’t hesitate to refer to them for more information.

Step Three: Comparison

During this step, you will compare the manual and robotic processes. You will identify everything that needs to be modified, removed or added to allow the deployment of the cobot.

Step Four: Finalization

The fourth and final step is the finalization of the concept, where you will design the cell according to everything found atin the previous steps.

Each of these four steps will be covered in detail in the following lessons. Templates will also be available to help you during this process. Don’t hesitate to refer to them for more information.

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