Invest-Minimal and Highly Efficient Electric Vehicle Assembly

LoCoMo - Low-Cost Montageeinheiten Copyright: © PEM RWTH Aachen

Motivation and Procedure

A large part of the value creation in the final assembly of automobiles takes place in a few large-scale mass-production facilities in the central core markets. Various developments indicate that such cost-intensive, inflexible production systems are not suited to meet future requirements.

For this reason, new approaches ensuring efficient production of automobiles in decentral, close-to-market value creation structures must be developed. The approach taken by the LoCoMo research project consists of flexible, low-cost assembly units that are based on technological process innovations within four spheres of action.


Research Objectives

  • Development of a self-driving electric vehicle chassis to ensure structural flexibility and reduce infrastructure investments
  • Automated derivation of assembly design plans from product design blueprints and printing of fixtures
  • Breaking down of expensive and highly iterative adjustment processes in the assembly process by using printed elements to counterbalance tolerances
  • Investigation of flexible low-cost assembly structures including a real-time capable control logic and implementation of a demonstrator assembly

Research and Project Partners

  • RWTH Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL)
  • PTC, Inc.
  • Götting KG
  • e.GO Mobile AG

RWTH Aachen University uses Simio simulation software under a grant from Simio LLC (www.simio.com).

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