Automation for XXL products on 28 and 29 April 2020 in Stade

Automation und Steuerungstechnik
Tagungen und Messen
The working group XXL-Products organizes a branch meeting for manufacturers of large-scale products. The participation is free of charge.

The production of airplanes, container ships and other large-scale products is a challenge. For the classical serial production on the assembly line, the dimensions are too large and the quantities too small. Whether and with which methods the production can be automated will be discussed by the participants of the working group XXL Products.

"Automation approaches for XXL products" is the topic of the industry meeting on 29 April 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The programme has several lectures on this topic. Also, a visit to the Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) in Stade. The day before can be visited the Airbus Operations GmbH in Stade on 28 April 2020 at 3 p.m. finished by a dinner together.

The production of very large products is a challenge, also regarding automation. The used robots must be designed to handle very heavy components. Driverless transport vehicles must be able to cover long distances within the factory and still be reliably located. And even with components of several meters in length, every screw must be positioned with millimetre precision. Maintaining these tolerances is not trivial. Additional, small quantities are involved: For automobile manufacturers who produce hundreds of thousands of vehicles every year, automation is worthwhile for almost every step in the process - but the situation is different when producing a few hundred aircraft or ships.

The way, XXL products can be manufactured automatically will be discussed by the participants of the working group XXL products at their next meeting. The working group members include employees of companies from a wide range of industries, all of which manufacture large-scale products, as well as scientists who deal with this topic in theory. 

The working group was founded in 2010 by the Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gGmbH, which deals with XXL products in numerous research projects. New members are always welcome and can participate in a first meeting of the working group, free of charge and without obligation.

The branch meetings take place twice a year at changing companies. The venue on April 29th is the Fraunhofer IFAM, Ottenbecker Damm 12, 21684 Stade. Interested companies can register on the working group website at until April 15, 2020.

The Institut für Integrierte Produktion Hannover (IPH) gemeinnützige GmbH was founded in 1988 from the Leibniz University of Hanover. IPH offers research and development, consulting and qualification in the fields of process technology, production automation, logistics and XXL products. Its customers include companies from the tool and mould making, mechanical and plant engineering, aerospace, automotive, electrical and forging industries. The company is in the Marienwerder Science Park in the northwest of Hanover and currently employs about 70 people, about 30 of them as scientific staff.