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 three autonomous robots. The main innovation is the type of assembly within which robots 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.
With this research project, IBG intends to further develop the existing technology up to market launch. To achieve that objective, subsystems and software are being refined, gripper and sensor systems have been further developed, relevant standards have been taken into account, a demonstration unit has been designed and built, and commercial implementation has been verified.
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The project is 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.”
iPROCELL is co-funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under Grant Agreement Number 767864.