The National Shipbuilding Research Program 1985 Ship Production Symposium Volume 2 Paper No. 14: A Computerized Robot Selection System
VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INST AND STATE UNIV BLACKSBURG DEPT OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH
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Attributes which should be considered when selecting a specific robot model are identified. Some of the attributes are specifications necessary to determine a set of feasible robots which are capable of performing a particular task. Other attributes pertain to the selection of a single robot model from the set of feasible robots. However, some attributes fall into both categories. The robot selection model was implemented on an IBM PC using the RBASE a relational database management system by Microrim, Inc. coupled with a BASIC program. The database consists of forty-nine robot models representing twenty vendors. The software consists of three phases. In the first phase, a feasible set of robot models is determined. The user is presented with a list of forty-five attributes and permitted to enter specifications for any or all attributes. In the second phase, the user is presented with a list of twenty-nine attributes which are possible selection criteria. The user is then allowed to specify up to a maximum of fifteen attributes judged most important. The final phase of the software uses a BASIC program to interrogate the user regarding preferences and priorities with respect to the attributes being used as selection criteria. The information obtained from the interrogation is entered into the decision model and the most preferred robot model in the feasible set is determined.
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