Phase 2: System Design
Having established a thorough understanding of client automation challenges and potential technology solutions, detailed system design is undertaken according to the following approach. This phase is concluded with a formal design review.
1. Hardware selection
Based on an understanding of the desired robot task and results of solution exploration studies, the most suitable hardware, sub-systems and accessories are selected or custom designed and integrated to the detail necessary for implementation. This stage also considers initial parts of new process mapping.
2. Software selection
In some cases, additional robot software maybe beneficial to effectively addressing the problem statement and meeting specifications set. Examples may include tools for optimising vision systems, pick and place routines or integration with other systems. These tools are considered and selected during this stage.
3. Intelligence design
Where necessary, intelligent algorithms can be developed to facilitate in-situ process feedback and adjustment based on sensory monitoring of operational dynamics. This can allow robotics applications to become situationally aware and adaptable with innovations in AI and measurement technologies.
4. Robot Programming
Based on the hardware and software selected and the intelligent control algorithms developed, robot programs are written to execute the desired task according to the specifications set. This is done offline, in a computer-based simulation environment, as a prerequisite to testing and is presented as a new process map.