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Building a mini-assembly system from a technology construction kit
As part of this paper, extracts will be presented from the results of the joint project 'MiniProd', which is carried out by Frauhofer IPA together with industrial partners and sponsored by the BMBF (federal ministry for education and research). The aim of the research project is to develop a marketable, miniaturized highly-flexible micro-assembly system capable of reproducing the correct size proportions between a product and its production environment and also able to intelligently integrate processes which had previously run separately. Using of the 'plug-in' principle, the user is able to construct his own miniaturized micro-assembly system from individual assembly modules. The overall system has been designed using the modular concept and will be pesented here together with the hard and software interfaces of the individual assembly units and the 'plug- and produce' control architecture. A further topic wil be the presentation of miniaturized process modules for themicro-bonding, micro-screwing and precision handling of miniaturized parts and components, with regard to a laser diode application.