Today's assembly systems have to cope with huge challenges: high numbers of different products, uncertain quantity forecasts and a fluctuating mix of variants make line assembly inefficient and require highly-complex control technologies. Modular matrix assembly systems consisting of freely-interlinked stations are becoming established as a competitive, alternative assembly structure in a volatile environment.
The matrix provides new degrees of freedom when it comes to designing, planning and controlling assembly systems. Common planning methods in lean line design cannot be transferred 1-to-1 to matrix assembly. The potential of matrix production goes far beyond simply separating previously-linked stations and transferring special equipment to secondary stations. Fraunhofer IPA has developed process-oriented planning methods to design and convert your assembly system as a matrix, taking into account your specific conditions.