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Life Cycle Analysis of Double-Arm Type Robotic Tools for LCD Panel Handling

Department of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Automotive Engineering, University of Ontario, Institute of Technology, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4, Canada
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Machines 2017, 5(1), 8; https://doi.org/10.3390/machines5010008
Received: 31 December 2016 / Revised: 1 March 2017 / Accepted: 2 March 2017 / Published: 4 March 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Robotic Machine Tools)
This study includes a life cycle assessment of double-arm type robotic tools made with three different materials. The robotic arms are used for Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) panel handling. The environmental impacts generated during all the life stages of the robots have been investigated. The study shows that composite materials have less environmental impact compared with metallic materials. It is also found that the most significant impact category generated by the robotic tools is carcinogen, while the use stage of the robotic tool’s life cycle has the greatest environmental impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: robotic tool; life cycle assessment; green manufacturing; environmental impact robotic tool; life cycle assessment; green manufacturing; environmental impact
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Wyatt, H.; Wu, A.; Thomas, R.; Yang, Y. Life Cycle Analysis of Double-Arm Type Robotic Tools for LCD Panel Handling. Machines 2017, 5, 8.

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