This chapter looks at the overall theme of automating maintenance practices with a particular focus upon the application of robotics within this field. Covering the current state of the art in automating maintenance processes this chapter also looks at the current challenges to moving beyond simple inspection and diagnosis to the design and construction of fully automated platforms for undertaking maintenance. This includes methodologies for capturing and classifying maintenance task processes so that they can be automated in some way and how to link this task classification with some level of automation. The chapter ends with a discussion on how the design process can be adapted to aid automated maintenance, self-healing and no fault found applications.
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- Quality Control
- Safety and Risk
- Machinery and Machine Elements
- Waste Management/Waste Technology