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Method and apparatus for automated assembly

United States Patent

5,980,084
November 9, 1999
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A process and apparatus generates a sequence of steps for assembly or disassembly of a mechanical system. Each step in the sequence is geometrically feasible, i.e., the part motions required are physically possible. Each step in the sequence is also constraint feasible, i.e., the step satisfies user-definable constraints. Constraints allow process and other such limitations, not usually represented in models of the completed mechanical system, to affect the sequence.
Jones; Rondall E. (Albuquerque, NM), Wilson; Randall H. (Albuquerque, NM), Calton; Terri L. (Albuquerque, NM)
Sandia Corporation (Albuquerque, NM)
08/ 977,269
November 24, 1997
This invention was made with Government support under Contract DE-AC04-94AL85000 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in the invention.