Phase 1: Project Scoping
During initial stages of engagement with a client, JD Barnfather Ltd. takes the following steps to lay the foundations required to deliver the value available from artificial intelligence and robotics for a given application.
1. Requirements capture
To capture robotic automation requirements, technical surveys are done to understand and document the current and desired state in as much detail as possible. A key part of this is to understand all inputs, outputs and performance characteristics of the process, which are used to identify opportunities for adding value.
2. Problem definition
Based on initial findings and a series of consultations with staff, the fundamental drivers for change are documented and used to formulate a problem statement that will drive the remaining project. A summary of challenges is also documented to guide later stages and mitigate against risks.
3. Specification definition
With a detailed knowledge of requirements and a clear problem statement, specifications are defined to constrain solution development. This covers factors concerned with operating environment, health and safety, cycle times, operator intervention, performance measures, adaptability and interfaces with other systems.
4. Solution exploration
The output of the initial phase of robotics implementation is the identification of potential solutions that meet the constraints identified. These are found by surveying options available on the market or used in other industries. The research base is also surveyed for inspiration.