Intelligent humanoid robots in manufacturing

Ali Ahmad Malik, Tariq Masood, Alexander Brem

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Abstract

Technological evolution in the field of robotics is emerging with major breakthroughs in recent years. This was especially fostered by revolutionary new software applications leading to humanoid robots. Humanoids are being envisioned for manufacturing applications to form human-robot teams. But their implication in the manufacturing practices especially for industrial safety standards and lean manufacturing practices have been minimally addressed. Humanoids will also be competing with conventional robotic arms and effective methods to assess their return on investment are needed. To study the next generation of industrial automation, we used the case context of Tesla's humanoid robot. The company has recently unveiled its project on an intelligent humanoid robot named 'Optimus' to achieve an increased level of manufacturing automation. This article proposes a framework to integrate humanoids for manufacturing automation and also presents the significance of safety standards of human-robot collaboration. A case of lean assembly cell for the manufacturing of an open-source medical ventilator was used for human-humanoid automation. Simulation results indicate that humanoids can increase the level of manufacturing automation. Managerial and research implications are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHRI '24: Companion of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
EditorsDan Grollman, Elisabeth Broadbent, Wendy Ju, Harold Soh, Tom Williams
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages20-27
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)979-8-4007-0323-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 11 Mar 2024
EventHRI '24: Companion of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction - USA, Boulder, United States
Duration: 11 Mar 202415 Mar 2024
https://humanrobotinteraction.org/2024/

Conference

ConferenceHRI '24: Companion of the 2024 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction
Abbreviated titleHRI '24
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBoulder
Period11/03/2415/03/24
Internet address

Keywords

  • Automation
  • Humanoid
  • humanoids
  • robot
  • Robots
  • Assembly
  • Lean
  • Human computer interaction
  • Manufacturing
  • Intelligent
  • Assembly Cells

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