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Reconfigurable and transportable container-integrated production system

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posted on 2018-03-05, 10:17 authored by Raphael Adamietz, Tim Giesen, Pablo Mayer, Andrew JohnsonAndrew Johnson, Richard BibbRichard Bibb, Christian Seifarth
In this paper, the concept and the prototype realization of a novel reconfigurable small-footprint manufacturing system in a transportable container is presented. The containerized format enables transportation of the system to provide on-site manufacturing, enabling the benefits of localized service delivery without duplication of equipment at multiple locations. Three industrial product use cases with varying manufacturing and performance requirements were analyzed. All of the use cases demanded highly customized products with high quality in low production volumes. Based on their requirements, a general system specification was derived and used to develop a concept for the container-integrated factory. A reconfigurable, modular manufacturing system is integral to the overall container concept. Production equipment was integrated in the form of interchangeable process modules, which can be quickly connected by standard utility supply and control interfaces. A modular and self-configuring control system provides assisted production workflow programming, while a modular process chain combining Additive Manufacturing, milling, precision assembly and cleaning processes has been developed. A prototype of the container-integrated factory with reconfigurable process modules and control system has been established, with full functionality and feasibility of the system demonstrated.


The research leading to these results was performed within the CassaMobile project, which received funding from the European Union Seventh Framework Program under grant agreement 609146.


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Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing






ADAMIETZ, R. ... et al, 2018. Reconfigurable and transportable container-integrated production system. Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing, 53, pp.1-20.


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This paper was published in the journal Robotics and Computer-Integrated Manufacturing and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rcim.2018.02.008.




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