Cobot-assisted production of FRP parts
In small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the production of medium to highly complex FRP parts takes place in mostly labour-intensive processes. For this reason, SMEs are under constant pressure from low-wage regions. Production automation is seen as the most promising approach to reducing manufacturing costs. In large corporations in the aerospace or automotive industry, this is achieved with specially manufactured systems. However, their high investment costs are not affordable for SMEs. In addition, these automation solutions are characterized by low flexibility. SMEs in particular work in highly specizalized niches and produces small batches of finished products. Their flexibility is their major competitive advantage.
For this reason, it is important to investigate the extent to which flexible automation of processes can be made possible for SMEs. The introduction of collaborating robots or patially automated production cells is regarded as a promising automation concept. Different automation scenarios and production strategies for selected demonstrator components are developed e.g. within the Cornet project CompositesReloaded and will be presented in the context of the submission.