A Survey of Automated Threaded Fastening

Zhenzhong Jia, Ankit Bhatia, Reuben Aronson, David Bourne and Matthew T. Mason
Journal Article, IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering, June, 2018

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Threaded fasteners are prevalent throughout modern manufacturing. Thus, as the demand for automation in manufacturing increases, so does the demand for automated threaded fastening systems. However, many fundamental issues and engineering challenges still hinder robustness in automation, particularly for smaller screws and critical product finishing requirements. This paper surveys the state of the art in threaded fastening automation and discusses open questions for further research. This survey covers the following areas: 1) fundamentals of threaded fastening, including basic concepts and definitions; 2) analysis of the entire assembly process (consisting of part feeding and orientation, pickup, alignment, and driving), including discussions of tools, control strategies, and other considerations; 3) failure modes and techniques to mitigate them; 4) threaded fastening systems and electromechanical approaches; and 5) open challenges and suggestions for future development. Understanding the current state of automation in threaded fastening will provide a foundation for researchers to advance this field.

author = {Zhenzhong Jia and Ankit Bhatia and Reuben Aronson and David Bourne and Matthew T. Mason},
title = {A Survey of Automated Threaded Fastening},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering},
year = {2018},
month = {June},
keywords = {Automated assembly , fault detection , robotics , screws , threaded fasteners.},
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