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Standards and Performance Metrics for Sensing and Perception Systems Used in Manufacturing

POSTED 08/30/2010

Manufacturing represents over 10 percent of the U.S. Gross Domestic Product, which amounts to about 1.6 trillion dollars annually. More than 11 million people are employed in this sector, which also experienced a 33% increase in productivity over the last ten years.  Being able to implement agile manufacturing systems will enable manufacturing enterprises to quickly turn innovative ideas into products.   Sensing, perception, and automation are among the keys to competitive advantages in the marketplace and profitability because next generation agile automation will hinge on sensing and perceiving the environment, thus enabling the equipment to be “smarter,” more flexible, better able to operate safely and effectively in less structured environments, and facilitating mass customization in manufacturing.

Users, integrators, and vendors require properly specified performance standards. These will enable the performance characterization of the candidate sensory and perception systems as well as facilitating the calibration processes for individual applications.  They are not intended as go/no-go or pass/fail types of standards.

For the users and integrators:

  • Performance metrics ensure purchased systems meet their operational and productivity requirements.
  • Standards allow comparing different products and choosing the best one for a given manufacturing application.

For the vendors:

  • Standards reduce the risk of litigation and loss of reputation.
  • Standards increase the speed of adoption of new technology by making it clear how the improved sensor or perception system better meets the users’ needs.
  • Standards provide performance goals towards which they can build innovative solutions.

A consensus-based working group is being established.  The intent is to develop metrics and test methods for sensing and perceptions systems used to locate and measure concerned objects in manufacturing operations. To ensure that your requirements or system capabilities are included in these new standards, please join the working group. 

Contact Hui-Min Huang or Tsai-Hong Hong for more information.