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Design methodology for modular tools

: Queudeville, Y.; Ivanov, T.; Vroomen, U.; Bührig-Polaczek, A.; Elgeti, S.; Probst, M.; Behr, M.; Windeck, C.; Michaeli, W.; Nussbaum, C.; Hinke, C.


Production Engineering. Research and development 5 (2011), No.4, pp.351-358
ISSN: 0944-6524
ISSN: 1863-7353
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ILT ()

Serving individual customer needs at reasonable prices can be a profitable target market in high-wage countries. The dilemma between scale and scope-oriented production is one major research topic within the Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries" at the RWTH Aachen University. One main objective of this project is to bridge the existing gap between individual manufacturing and mass production. Modularization is a widely accepted approach in tool-based manufacturing processes. In this paper, we propose a flexible design methodology for modular tools and dies. The methodology will assist the design engineer in setting up a series of modularized tools in a conceptually closed manner. The described methodology covers modularization in a broad sense, i.e. it includes hardware modularization as well as modularization of the construction process. The methodology consists of three phases: initiation, analysis and design phase.