Analysis of automation potentials in assembly processes

Quickly and systematically identifying automation potential

Due to the specific requirements placed on automation solutions, many assembly processes are still carried out by hand. However, with the right expertise and systematic analysis of the individual processes, it is possible to quickly identify which of these processes are worth automating, from both a technological and financial perspective.

Fraunhofer IPA has developed the Automation Potential Analysis (APA) for this very purpose. Using a range of criteria, the automation experts examine the different assembly steps (separation, handling, positioning and joining) in terms of their “Fitness for Automation”, before weighting these various criteria according to customer requirements.

Based on the results of this analysis, recommendations are made on whether full/partial automation or a solution using human-robotic collaboration would be advantageous. Automation-friendly product design under the motto “Design for Automation” constitutes another possibility for increasing the efficiency of production processes. And if it turns out that (partial) automation is not worthwhile, the “Design for Automation” itself often improves manual assembly and reduces error.

 

Services

  • Analysis of the current status and degree of automation of assembly lines
  • Comments on the automation potential of each assembly process in terms of technical and financial aspects
  • Identifying processes suitable for automation and recommended plan of action for improved automation degree
  • Optional: Creation of automation concepts
  • Optional: Optimization of product and process design

 

Uses

  • Systematically identifying automation potential – with the help of experts or the APA app
  • Identifying “hidden capabilities” through automation
  • Economically feasible solution, whether that be fully/partially automated or using human-robotic collaboration

The APA can now be downloaded as an app for Android systems.

The app contains expert knowledge amassed from long-standing experience in assembly automation. As a result, businesses are now able to analyze manual assembly processes and verify their automation potential themselves without the need for any specialist expertise. The app makes an expert out of everyone in terms of assessing assembly processes.

We are currently looking for beta testers of the APA-App 2.0.

Please send applications and questions to alexander.neb@ipa.fraunhofer