4.2 Operationalisation Bee-Up: Assembly Arm

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Conceptualisation with Design Thinking Sample

This sample demonstrates the use of an assembly arm to demonstrate model-based solutions for operationalisation.

Prerequisites to this sample are:

  • Installation of Bee-Up
  • Installation of the IoT Adapter for the Dobot Magician – Robot Arm
  • Available physical environment consisting of the Dobot Magician, raspberry-pi, the plates and the layout.

The sample should:

  • Demonstrate the principles of conceptual modelling with Bee-Up
  • Introduce the technical features of Bee-Up
  • Motivate to apply conceptual modelling with Bee-Up in other application scenarios as well as extend the current tool functionality of Bee-Up.

The introduces sample is the “Assembly Arm” where smart processes are discussed and worked out during the workshop.

  1. Pick and Place as well as Manage the Variety of Versions”: Demonstrate assembly tasks of a robot arm, to pick and place wither from or to conveyer belts or other places. Variety of Versions can be simulated using models and demonstrate in the robot arm. Elaborate on smart solution to optimize the variety of versions.
  2. Security and IoT Device”: Evaluate and demonstrate security features and security sensors in a typical working environment of a robot arm. Elaborate on smart security solutions based on sensors information.
  3. Synchronisation and Cooperation” of different systems – e.g. different speeds, man vs. machine-based systems - where a robot arm is the mediation between two systems. Elaborate on smart solutions to harmonise different systems.
  4. Camera and Detection Demonstration”: Use the demonstrator to elaborate the correct position of a camera, sensors or inductive coupler and start to perform training of smart software that interprets the sensor information and evaluates the information transferred by the coupler.
  5. VR, HMI and Layout Tests”: Use VR, HI or other management and cockpit interfaces to steer and monitor a system. Demonstrate with typical scenarios how real-world issues are displayed in VR and HMI and elaborate different layout alternatives. Elaborate on smart solutions on how to represent rea-world issues in a conceptualised and virtualised world.

Our introductory sample uses “Pick and Place as well Manage the Variety of Versions” in form of an assembly arm and demonstrate how processes can be used to configure the robot arm.

We identify three challenges:

  1. Whether the assembly arm is local or mobile.
  2. Whether the single-variety goods in logistics are local or mobile.
  3. Whether the resulting mixed basket is local or mobile.

The introductory sample is setting up a workshop for conceptual modelling with the aim to trigger the invention of smart processes and possible realisation. The different variety of versions are modelled and simulated with the robot arm with the intention to get new application scenarios, new challenges and new requirements for both the conceptual models and the physical devices.