Phase 4: Validation
Having gained confidence throughout the design and simulation process, physical proof of concept work is undertaken, according to the following steps, to validate the ability of the proposed system to deliver the desired value.
1. System build
Based on confidence gained during design and simulation, the proposed robotic system is built in a test environment representing the intended application. This incorporates any additional equipment used for performance testing and is likely to be in a separate location to the final implementation site to avoid process disruption.
3. Performance testing
Based on the key performance characteristics identified during early project scoping work, experimental investigations are designed and executed to give statistical confidence that the new process performs consistently and can be robustly rolled out. This stage also aims to stress-test the system and explore its behaviour under multiple operating conditions.
2. Program execution
Robot programs will be executed for real-world validation, client demonstration and operator introduction purposes. This will facilitate the first stage of iterative refinement of issues identified in any aspect of the system and make preparation for a thorough investigation of performance.
4. problem solving
Test data acquired during performance testing and its subsequent analysis is used to explore the finer details of the robotic solutions operational effectiveness. This enables final iterations to be made to any aspect of the systems design, making the necessary preparations for a smooth roll-out.