AV&R Vocabulary

2 min

At AV&R, we develop high-tech robotic solutions.

The terms used by technology experts, in general, can be difficult for the uninitiated to understand.

Yet, we make a point of designing complex but uncomplicated solutions.

Our robotic systems are at the cutting edge of technology but are made so that any manufacturer can easily use them.

This is why the technical vocabulary we use is simplified and explained when necessary.

Here are some terms that you will find on AV&R Academy.





A series of instructions or operations performed to solve a problem or obtain a result.


Complete robotic system with different assemblies and fencing.

Cycle time


Required time to complete a given process by an automated system.



The parameters and product information files that the robot needs to operate.

Robot path


A programmed route that a robot will follow.



Personnel responsible for the operation of the cell.

Closed loop


The complete path followed by a signal as it is fed back from the output of a circuit, device, or system to the input and then back to the output.



Adjusting the parameters of an equipment for proper functioning for a specific task.



HMI / Operator interface


Human-Machine Interface

Profile sensor


Sensor performing 2D acquisition of section of parts (ex: leading edge profile)

Belt Sander


Sander that uses a moving abrasive belt to smooth surfaces.

Loading drawer


Container that can be pulled out of the cell to supply parts or tools required for the operation of the cell.



Grippers are devices that allow to pick up and hold objects. When combined with an industrial robot arm, grippers enable manufacturers to automate key processes, such as inspection, assembly, pick & place and machine tending.

Teach pendant


Portable hand-held device attached to the operator panel via a cable. It is used to control the robot.



Tray linked connected to a robotic cell in which parts are placed in order to make them accessible to the robot of the cell.





Action of improving the surface finish/roughness of a part using an abrasive media.



To remove burrs from a piece of machined work.



Finishing process that involves the use of a belt sander.



Chord length


The length of an airfoil profile from the leading edge to the trailing edge.






Action of merging several images together to form a new image of the same size as the merged images. All entry images show the same inspected view, but what differentiate each image is the light projected onto the part that has different angles.



Preliminary tests of image and data processing aiming at developing an inspection process that is stable and performant.