A case study in human–robot collaboration in the disassembly of press-fitted components

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  • Wuhan University of Technology
  • Wuhan University of Technology


Human–robot collaborative disassembly is an approach designed to mitigate the effects of uncertainties associated with the condition of end-of-life products returned for remanufacturing. This flexible semi-autonomous approach can also handle unpredictability in the frequency and numbers of such returns as well as variance in the remanufacturing process. This article focusses on disassembly, which is the first and arguably the most critical step in remanufacturing. The article presents a new method for disassembling press-fitted components using human–robot collaboration based on the active compliance provided by a collaborative robot. The article first introduces the concepts of human–robot collaborative disassembly and outlines the method of active compliance control. It then details a case study designed to demonstrate the proposed method. The study involved the disassembly of an automotive water pump by a collaborative industrial robot working with a human operator to take apart components that had been press-fitted together. The results show the feasibility of the proposed method.


Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Part B Journal of Engineering Manufacture
Publication statusPublished - 23 Oct 2019


  • remanufacturing, robotic disassembly, human-robot collaboration, collaborative robot, active compliance control