Collaborative Assembly of Human and Machine

Team:  Sebastian Blankemeyer
Year:  2015

In the process chain, assembly represents the last step of value creation and thus plays an crucial role in the production process of companies. The high cost and time-consuming processes involved in the assembly indicate that there is considerable potential for rationalization, from the planning and preparation of the assembly to the execution of the assembly. In addition, companies are looking for solutions to address problems resulting from an aging workforce and an increasing demand for skilled workers. For this reason, match develops collaborative assembly systems and processes.

The increasing complexity of products also affects production processes to the same extent, especially assembly. As a result, people must be employed according to their individual abilities. In order to be able to assemble the products economically and in a socially acceptable way and at the same time to relieve the employees in production physically, collaborative assembly workstations are developed in addition to pure automatic assembly cells. The implementation of collaborative assembly systems still entails considerable financial risks for companies because there are currently no generally applicable rules. Since collaborative assembly processes are currently still the subject of research and are only rarely implemented in companies, match develops methods and strategies for the introduction of collaborative assembly systems in companies that consider the ergonomics of employees, compliance with safety standards and technical acceptance.

Contact person: Sebastian Blankemeyer