Robotized assembly of a wire harness in a car production line

Xin Jiang, Kyong Mo Koo, Kohei Kikuchi, Atsushi Konno, Masaru Uchiyama

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    This paper addresses an engineering attempt of utilizing multiple robot arms in the assembly of deformable parts. The robot system developed in this research simulates a practically existing assembly process in an automobile plant where wrapped cables (wire harness) have to be fixed on the body of a car. This operation is performed by skilled workers and is considered to be difficult for automation. In this paper, a synthetic robotized solution is proposed for this process. For the first time, it realizes robotized assembly of a complex deformable object (wire harness) under a condition similar to an actual plant. Although some of the problems are simplified in the implementation, those critical to assemblies involving deformable objects are investigated and solved with experimental validation. Therefore, this research is expected to contribute to exploring the feasibility and potential of robotized assembly using deformable parts in actual plants.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)473-489
    Number of pages17
    JournalAdvanced Robotics
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - 2011 Feb 1


    • Robotized assembly
    • assembly automation
    • flexible object handling
    • manipulation planning
    • marker-based recognition

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Software
    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Human-Computer Interaction
    • Hardware and Architecture
    • Computer Science Applications


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