The strategic importance of robots in the workplace has greatly increased in recent years as an ever wider variety have been introduced into a whole host of industrial production lines. However, when these robots are examined in the context of the entire production system a number of problems can be identified. Firstly, the slowness of the operating time and secondly the fall-off in efficiency and reliability of the system when a robot is integrated with other units. This paper seeks to carefully analyze the behavior of two robots in a combination of arrangements. The robots operate independently and in coordination with each other and then each of them operates in conjunction with a conveyer incorporated in the system. Operations are then represented in a Petri net model and analysis of probabilistic behavior and reliability is performed with introducing of Markov renewal process. In terms of numerical examples a comparison of uniform and non-uniform mean operating time intervals is made in order to determine the effect of irregularities in robot operations on the system as a whole.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Control and Systems Engineering
- Electrical and Electronic Engineering