Automation was the answer to mass production. In the era of mass customisation, (production in small series with much variation), we design flexible assembly cells, the cost of which is comparable to the manufacturing of products in mass production. Depending on the kind of product, this can be done entirely manually, collaboratively (robots and men work efficiently alongside one another) and fully automated.  

Concrete research objectives

The ultimate goal is to validate optimal work cell architectures. To realise this, we subdivide our research into three specific domains:

  • Dynamic, bi-directional, operator-specific support in case of a high variation in products
  • Shared work environments in which robots and human operators work together safely and can interact with one another
  • A framework for the architecture of self-adaptable work cells
    • Highly customisable, safe and intelligent models for configuring small series
    • Validated concepts for dynamic human-robot interaction 

For whom?

  • Manufacturing companies with assembly activities
    • In flexible, hybrid workplaces
    • In mass customisation
    • In a connected factory
    • With attention to the wellbeing of operators
    • That want to reduce the number of tasks without added value
    • That want to take the next step in lean manufacturing in a digital era
    • That want to work paperless
    • That want to proceed with Industry 4.0
  • Suppliers of automation systems and services