Assembly and Handling Systems

Holders: Prof. Herakovič Niko, Assist. Prof. Šimic Marko

Subject description


The condition for admission to exam is a passing grade for exercises and other individual assignments.

Content (Syllabus outline):

  • The overview and role of assembly and handling systems (AaHS) in the production process.
  • The argumentation and conditions for the automation of AaHS, basic concepts and the strategy for AaHS automation.
  • Economical aspects of AaHS automation.
  • The concepts of rigidly and flexibly automated AaHS.
  • Analysing the cases of assembly and handling process automation.
  • Robotic assembly and handling systems.
  • The structure of industrial robots (IR): degrees of freedom, typical IR, components, workspace (dextrous and reachable), drives, sensors,
  • IR geometry: coordinate systems, geometry of the tip, links, joints and grippers.
  • The basics of kinematic modeling: kinematics of IR, relations between velocities and accelerations, generating working motion, defining tasks, profiles, interpolations.
  • IR control and safety. Human-robot collaboration. Programming IR: online and offline programming.
  • External sensors in robotic AaHS, tactile sensors and robot vision.
  • Grippers, manipulation grippers and technological tools, gripper sensors.
  • Standards and safety in robotic AaHS.

Objectives and competences:


  • To teach the students the fundamentals of methodology used in the selection, design, analysis and evaluation of automated assembly and handling systems (AaHS), and about the integration thereof into the production process.
  • Acquisition of basic knowledge for planning and integration of robotic AaHS into the production process.


  • The ability to select, design, analyse and evaluate automated and robotic AaHS, as well as the integration thereof into the production process.
  • Understanding the economic aspects of automation and robotization of AaHS.
  • Knowing the significance of standards and safety in robotic AaHS

Intended learning outcomes:

Knowledge and understanding

The student learns and understands:

  • The fundamentals of automated assembly and handling systems, rules and models.
  • The fundamentals of robotics, the structures, relations, robotic applications in automated AaHS.
  • The fundamentals of gripper technology in automated AaHS and the fundamentals of robotic grippers.
  • The significance of standards and safety in robotic AaHS.


The students use the knowledge attained for planning and analysing AaHS, as well as for the integration thereof into the production process.


Using the presented methodologies and technologies in solving real problems.
Transferrable skills – related to more than one course
Using domestic and foreign literature.
Problem identification and methods of problem solving.
The ability to plan and manage projects focused on designing assembly and handling systems.

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