Parallel Kinematic Mechanisms: New Design Parameters for Manufacturing System Design

  • G. Sohlenius
Conference paper
Part of the Advanced Manufacturing book series (ADVMANUF)


Manufacturing system design has to meet high requirements on productivity and quality defined by the products to be manufactured and the customer requirements on the business process as a whole. It would be possible to increase the productivity in manufacturing at least 50% by designing the manufacturing system accurately to meet the functional requirements at hand and to organize the work to stimulate competence, motivation and personnel flexibility and stability. Parallel kinematic mechanisms constitute a new set of design parameters that in combination with modularization and open controllers will increase the possibilities for customized manufacturing equipment design in future manufacturing systems. To explore the characteristics of the different parallel kinematic mechanisms to be able to use them as design parameters meeting defined functional requirements in manufacturing system design is essential.


Design Parameter Functional Requirement Robust Design Kinematic Chain Tolerance Design 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Sohlenius
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  1. 1.IVF-KTH-WoxencentrumKTHStockholmSweden

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