Fully automated final assembly cell for small and very small series
iPROCELL is an absolute world first and offers the possibility to produce small and very small series of vehicles - usually in the field of electromobility - as well as other products such as furniture or electronic items. 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 their state-of-the-art gripper technology, enabling the assembly of small batches in a cost-effective manner. The modular format enables completely flexible production.
The predominant part of automobiles and other mass products is nowadays produced in fully or largely automated assembly plants. These systems have a complex structure in order to produce a large number of identical products at a central point. As a result, these production lines have a limited ability to vary. Manufacturing a small series that can be run at a reasonable price is an almost impossible challenge.
With this research project, IBG intends to further develop the existing technology until it is launched on the market. To achieve this goal, subsystems and software are refined, gripper and sensor systems are further developed, relevant standards are taken into account, a demonstration unit is designed and built, and commercial implementation is examined.
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The project is funded as part of Horizon 2020, an EU funding program for research and innovation. With around 80 billion euros for the period 2014 to 2020, it is the world's largest funding program for research and innovation. Excellent national and international (EU-wide) innovation projects are supported. The aim is to generate knowledge gain through cutting-edge research in combination with a stringent exploitation of the project results. Both basic research and the development of products, processes or services are in demand. The program is divided into the three main areas of "Excellent Science", "Industrial Leadership in Industry" and "Societal Challenges".
iPROCELL is co-funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement number 767864.