Automation plays a vital role in increasing companies competitiveness on the global market, also in the context of Industry 4.0. Particularly during the production of large structures, the challenges for the process automation derive from the large workpiece dimensions and weights in combination with large production tolerances.
Our experts are therefore working also on the subject of autonomous programming. Regarding small batch sizes during the production of large structures, efficient programming is eminently important. Our autonomous robot programming is already being successful employed in applications in the maritime industry. It is based on the evaluation of 3D sensor data or a CAD/CAM link, depending on the particular application.
Furthermore, the Automation Engineering team at the Fraunhofer IGP is also developing new processes and methods for expanding robot-aided manufacturing in order to meet the ever growing demands on quality and cost-effectiveness.
Our goal is to introduce and establish robot systems in areas of industry that until now have been unable or only partially able to benefit from this technology and to design existing and planned production lines in such a way that they can best meet the demands on quality, reliability and resource efficiency, while still observing the economic constraints.