In this task you will be working as an individual, but this does not mean that you cannot discuss the
problem with your colleagues. However, the writing up of the work must be your work. The report
must not include cut and pasted material unless it is in quotation marks and correctly referenced.
This work will be submitted through Turnitin.
Your company has decided to automate the production of parts from a magnesium alloy. The
process is at the moment manual and is the same as that shown in the YouTube video
(). This process shows a furnace containing molten
magnesium alloy, a die caster and a place for the manufactured parts.
It has now been decided to automate this process and you have been asked to develop some design
concepts for the robot cell. You should consider three basic layouts for the robot cell, identify the
advantages and disadvantages of each layout and then select the most suitable concept, explaining
the reasons for your choice. For the design you have chosen, you need to develop a full robotic
work cell, using basic hand sketches of the layout. These sketches should NOT be in RobotStudio
but can either be floor plans or 3D sketches.. You will need to identify all the other equipment
required including that for creating a safe working environment and produce a basic specification,
including gates, fences etc. You must use the caster included in the original video as your company
cannot afford to replace it.
You must hand in an INDIVIDUAL report that has the following layout.
1) A brief outline of the task shown in the video
What is the aim of the task.
What are the main design intent.
How you intend to undertake the task in a mechanised way.
2) Outline three different cell concepts of carry out the task, identifying the advantages and dis-
advantages of each method. Choose one method explaining why you made your choice.
3) Develop your chosen system, identifying the required systems to create a functional work cell
including any safety systems and the type/specification of robot required You should discuss the
safety systems included in your design and why they are needed.
4) A short discussion of the limitations of your design and how (if possible) it could be improved.
As with all industrial reports the report must contain all necessary information but be as brief as