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A first step towards cross-platform integration in modular micro-assembly systems - concept for a process module construction kit

: Adamietz, Raphael


Zaeh, Michael:
Enabling Manufacturing Competitiveness and Economic Sustainability : Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV 2013), Munich, Germany, October 6th-9th, 2013
Cham: Springer International Publishing, 2014
ISBN: 978-3-319-02053-2 (Print)
ISBN: 978-3-319-02054-9 (Online)
International Conference on Changeable, Agile, Reconfigurable and Virtual Production (CARV) <5, 2013, Munich>
Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung BMBF
Spitzencluster MicroTEC Südwest; PRONTO-VolProd
Fraunhofer IPA ()
microassembly; Mikromontage; adaptability; Adaptivität; manufacturing system; VolProd; Fertigungssystem; Modul

The potential of modular micro-assembly systems can often not be fully exploited by small companies, as commercial availability of process modules is limited and the development and maintenance of a pool of process modules is too elaborate. To overcome this problem, an open process module interface specification is proposed, which allows integration of process modules into different systems (cross-platform integration). Based on the specification, a process module construction kit is presented, which shall reduce the development effort of process modules. Both concepts are a prerequisite for an independent platform for modular process equipment. A net present value analysis and a SWOTanalysis are performed to evaluate the concept system against special purpose machinery. The results show that a modular system reduces investment risks whilst improving the ability to follow the market dynamics.

This paper has emerged from the project «PRONTO/VOLPROD», which has been sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) in the funding program "SpitzenCluster MicroTec SüdWest" and is administered by the project sponsor VDIVDE-IT in Berlin.