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Abstract Submission Deadline 26 January 2023
Manuscript Submission Deadline 25 April 2023

Disassembly is a key step in remanufacturing and recycling, both of which are critical components in a circular economy. Disassembly is also a common operation in the repair and maintenance of machines and public infrastructure facilities (e.g. transport and energy).
In many ways, disassembly is challenging to robotize due to variability in the condition of the returned products and the required dexterity in robotic manipulations. Unlike the tasks that have no physical contacts (e.g. computer visual inspection) or simple contacts, disassembly usually involves complex contact problems. Compared to the assembly of new products, which is deterministic because the components to be assembled are of known geometries, dimensions and states, disassembly is more stochastic as it has to contend with used products of uncertain shapes, sizes and conditions.

This Research Topic would welcome article contributions that focus on robotic disassembly with regards to, and not limited to: product design, analysis, supply chain, manufacturing, control, automation, robotics, automotive, aerospace, materials, maintenance, waste reduction, inspection, life-cycle studies, sustainable manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

This Research Topic’s goal is to provide a platform to bring together cutting-edge research over a wide spectrum of application areas with a vision to promote the robotization of disassembly activities.

Authors can submit original research articles based on experimental trials, novel theoretical frameworks, systematic reviews (including detailed bibliometric analyses), short communications, and industrial case studies, in the context of robotic disassembly, in relation, but not limited to, the following technical areas:

• Robotic manipulations for disassembly
• Disassembly planning
• Human-robot collaboration/interaction
• Predictive maintenance
• System identification and control architectures in industrial systems
• Computer vision
• Digital twins
• Optimization and metaheuristics in industrial automation and robotics
• Augmented/Virtual reality in industrial automation and robotics
• Automation strategies for industrial systems
• Sustainable business models
• Design for disassembly
• End-of-life condition assessment
• Robotic inspection and testing of end-of-life products

Keywords: Disassembly, Robotics, Automation, Remanufacturing, Recycling


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Disassembly is a key step in remanufacturing and recycling, both of which are critical components in a circular economy. Disassembly is also a common operation in the repair and maintenance of machines and public infrastructure facilities (e.g. transport and energy).
In many ways, disassembly is challenging to robotize due to variability in the condition of the returned products and the required dexterity in robotic manipulations. Unlike the tasks that have no physical contacts (e.g. computer visual inspection) or simple contacts, disassembly usually involves complex contact problems. Compared to the assembly of new products, which is deterministic because the components to be assembled are of known geometries, dimensions and states, disassembly is more stochastic as it has to contend with used products of uncertain shapes, sizes and conditions.

This Research Topic would welcome article contributions that focus on robotic disassembly with regards to, and not limited to: product design, analysis, supply chain, manufacturing, control, automation, robotics, automotive, aerospace, materials, maintenance, waste reduction, inspection, life-cycle studies, sustainable manufacturing and Industry 4.0.

This Research Topic’s goal is to provide a platform to bring together cutting-edge research over a wide spectrum of application areas with a vision to promote the robotization of disassembly activities.

Authors can submit original research articles based on experimental trials, novel theoretical frameworks, systematic reviews (including detailed bibliometric analyses), short communications, and industrial case studies, in the context of robotic disassembly, in relation, but not limited to, the following technical areas:

• Robotic manipulations for disassembly
• Disassembly planning
• Human-robot collaboration/interaction
• Predictive maintenance
• System identification and control architectures in industrial systems
• Computer vision
• Digital twins
• Optimization and metaheuristics in industrial automation and robotics
• Augmented/Virtual reality in industrial automation and robotics
• Automation strategies for industrial systems
• Sustainable business models
• Design for disassembly
• End-of-life condition assessment
• Robotic inspection and testing of end-of-life products

Keywords: Disassembly, Robotics, Automation, Remanufacturing, Recycling


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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