iPROCELL

An absolute world first in the field of the production of small and very small series within a fully automated final assembly cell.

iPROCELL offers the possibility to manufacture small and very small series of vehicles (usually in the area of electromobility) as well as other products such as furniture or electronic goods. IBG’s innovative solution includes a fully automated final assembly cell with two autonomous robots and automated guided vehicles. The main innovation is the type of assembly within which robots and transport systems work symbiotically to assemble modules into finished products. IBG integrates its state-of-the-art gripper technology to enable low-cost assembly of small batches. The modular format enables completely flexible production.

The predominant part of automobiles and other mass products is produced today in fully or largely automated assembly plants. These systems are complex in order to produce a large number of identical products in one central location. As a result, these production lines have a limited ability to vary. Producing a small series at a reasonable price is an unsolvable challenge.

Technological possibilities

iPROCELL is a fully automated final assembly cell with autonomous robots arranged around a central assembly station and driverless transport systems. This layout offers a footprint 12 times smaller than conventional production lines. We have integrated our patented, state-of-the-art gripper technology for fully customizable, programmable robot heads. This allows cost-effective assembly of small series. Our modular format allows fully flexible manufacturing and meets the increasing customer demand for more and more customized products.

Technical specifications

  • Standard industrial robots
  • State-of-the-art gripper technology with tool change systems
  • Driverless transport systems
  • Vision Technology
  • Dedicated software

Advantages of the final assembly cell

  • The space and cost savings for manufacturers with our small footprint allows for decentralized production practice.
  • Decentralization builds new regional supply chains and strengthens the local economy.
  • Time and cost savings through decentralization and our lean production model for consumers.
  • Increased customer customization without additional time and cost through flexible manufacturing.
  • Increased operational efficiency in the sequential production of different products, with almost no set-up costs.
  • High-quality production with state-of-the-art robotics and IoT-compliant product guarantee.

The project was funded as part of Horizon 2020, an EU research and innovation funding program. At around 80 billion euros for the period 2014 to 2020, it is the world’s largest funding program for research and innovation. It supports excellent national and international (EU-wide) innovation projects. The goal is to generate knowledge through cutting-edge research in combination with stringent exploitation of the project’s results. Both basic research as well as the development of products, processes, and services are in demand. The program is divided into three main areas: “Excellent Science,” “Industrial Leadership of Industry,” and “Societal Challenges.”

 

EU
European Union

iPROCELL is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement Number 767864.

Optimisation of production processes in all sectors

Automation and Robotics as instruments for increasing the efficiency of industrial production processes are designed and developed by the IBG / Goeke Technology Group, under the guiding principle "Transformation of human genius into technical perfection". Technology solutions and high technology systems are designed for the individual requirements of our global clients and all sectors, from our main headquarters in Neuenrade, Dortmund.

Automotive solutions, robotics-based solutions and other technology systems from the IBG / Goeke Technology Group are best-in-the-class industry technologies. We achieve this top level in industrial technology through close interlinking of decades of experience as engineers with science and research. We ensure that our know-how in the automotive and robotics fields, as well as our technology service, benefits from optimisation of industrial processes, but without losing sight at the person at the centre of it all – learn more about our social engagement here.

  • Automation of complex manufacturing and assembly systems
  • Configuration of special systems
  • Development and construction of customer-specific special machines