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Critical Factors Supporting the Implementation of Collaborative Robot Applications
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5963-2470
Mälardalen University, School of Innovation, Design and Engineering, Innovation and Product Realisation.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6062-2173
2021 (English)In: IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2021Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The industrial collaborative robot (ICR) is a promising technology for automating assembly systems in manufacturing industries. Yet, ICRs are not widely implemented in the manufacturing industry as there are challenges during its implementation. Furthermore, current research lacks real-world case studies on ICR implementation. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to investigate the critical factors supporting the implementation of ICR applications in assembly systems. A multiple-case study with eight case companies is presented in this paper, consisting of thirteen interviews. Moreover, critical factors were identified that could mitigate challenges in the ICR implementation process. By this, the study contributes to the current body of research by identifying and structuring the critical factors using a newness perspective. These factors can support the mitigation of potential challenges when manufacturers implement technology with a high novelty into their assembly systems. Specifically, this paper suggests that manufacturing companies focus on relieving operators from unergonomic tasks rather than focusing on high financial and efficiency gains. This finding contradicts previous research suggesting that financial gains are the main goal for manufacturing companies when implementing ICR applications. Moreover, how manufacturers work with external actors might change when implementing ICR applications, compared to traditional robots. Finally, we suggest testing the critical factors in a real-world case study investigating the whole implementing process to see if these factors, in fact, mitigate challenges. 

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Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. , 2021.
Keywords [en]
Automated Assembly, Cobot, Industry 4.0, New production technology, Technology adoption, Collaborative robots, Industrial research, Industrial robots, Riveting, 'current, Assembly systems, Case-studies, Critical factors, Manufacturing industries, New production technologies, Real-world, Assembly
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Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-57106DOI: 10.1109/ETFA45728.2021.9613422ISI: 000766992600117Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85122913091ISBN: 9781728129891 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-57106DiVA, id: diva2:1640161
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26th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2021, 7 September 2021 through 10 September 2021
Available from: 2022-02-23 Created: 2022-02-23 Last updated: 2022-06-07Bibliographically approved

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