HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE IN INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 2353
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1987
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Essex Corp.
333 N Fairfax St, Alexandria, VA, 22314
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Henry M Parsons
 (703) 548-4500
Business Contact
Phone: () -
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
THIS IS A PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT A HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING INVESTIGATION OF HUMAN-ROBOT INTERFACES IN INDUSTRY, TO DESCRIBE COMPREHENSIVELY AND GENERICALLY WHAT ROBOT OPERATORS AND MAINTAINERS DO ON THE FACTORY FLOOR, AND THROUGH ANALYSIS TO UNCOVER PROBLEMS IN INTERFACE DESIGN INVOLVING BOTH PHYSICAL EQUIPMENT AND SOFTWARE. INFORMATION WILL BE SOUGHT THROUGH CORRESPONDENCE, DOCUMENTATION, VISITS, AND INTERVIEWS FROM AS MANY AS EIGHTEEN AMERICAN AND TWO JAPANESE ROBOT MANUFACTURERS. IF THE PHASE I INQUIRY DEMONSTRATES THAT MORE HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING IS NEEDED IN INDUSTRIAL ROBOTICS, A PHASE II WILL BE PROPOSED TO VERIFY PROBLEMS EMPIRICALLY IN ROBOT USER PLANTS AND DEVELOP SOLUTIONS TO BE INCORPORATED IN A HUMAN FACTORS ENGINEERING GUIDE FOR ROBOTICS.

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