This research study is concerned with the derivation of advanced robot
programming methods. The methods include the use of proprietary
simulation modelling and design software tools for the off-line
programming of industrial robots. The study has involved the generation
of integration software to facilitate the co-operative operation of these
The three major researcli'themes7of "ease of usage", calibration and the
integration of product design data have been followed to advance robot
programming. The "ease of usage" is concerned with enhancements in the
man-machine interface for robo t simulation systems in terms of computer
assisted solid modelling and computer assisted task generation.
Robot simulation models represent an idealised situation, and any off-line
robot programs generated from'them may contain'discrepancies which could
seriously effect thq programs' performance; Calibration techniques have
therefore been investigated as 'a method of overcoming discrepancies
between the simulation model and the real world.
At the present time, most computer aided design systems operate as
isolated islands of computer technology, whereas their product databases
should be used to support decision making processes and ultimately
facilitate the generation of machine programs. Thus the integration of
product design data has been studied as an important step towards truly
computer integrated manufacturing.
The functionality of the three areas of study have been generalised and
form the basis for recommended enhancements to future robot programming
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.