A Qualitative Survey of Reconfigurable Mechanisms With Industrial Applications
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
In the field of reconfigurable mechanisms, many ingenious designs have been built and analyzed, however very few have been implemented in industry. An analogous comparison of reconfigurable mechanisms to James Watt’s straight line mechanism is explored to suggest as to why there is a shortage of reconfigurable mechanisms being used. A qualitative survey was undertaken to examine existing mechanisms currently being used and to identify potential applications for reconfigurable mechanisms. Eleven manufacturing plants were visited to identify high frequency motion profiles. From this survey, motion profiles were selected for potential applications of reconfigurable mechanisms. One of the motion profiles, platform transfer, was selected from a possible four identified motion profiles. A proposed reconfigurable mechanism was designed to perform the platform transfer task. The joint of the mechanism consists of two R2P2 joints connected by a P2 joint.