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Flexible solution for wiring harness assembly with industrial robots

: Warnecke, H.-J.; Emmerich, H.H.; Koller, S.


CIRP Annals. Manufacturing Technology 42 (1993), No.1, pp.25-27
ISSN: 0007-8506
Journal Article
Fraunhofer IPA ()
Automatic assembly; automatische Montage; Ergebnis; Flexibilität; flexibility; flexibles Fertigungssystem; industrial robot; Industrie; Industrieroboter; Kabelbaummontage; Logistik; Lösung; Montage; wire harness; wiring

The wire harness assembly process has not changed fundamentally for many years. All procedures except the pre-assembling of the individual wires are done by hand. The labor-costs of wiring are very high in comparison to the total costs of the assembly process. A pilot work station for the fully automated direct-assembly of wires into fluorescence lights has been developed. With the aid of a new connection technology and the help of an industrial robot and special tools the direct-assembly of individual wires into the light cases is possible. First test results show that the procedure of the direct-assembly works with a high availability and that this procedure is more cost effective in comparison to the traditional wiring harness assembly in many fields.