The automation of tool manufacturing offers the potential to realize an efficient and modern production at igus GmbH. To this end, researchers from Fraunhofer IPT are developing a new manufacturing and automation concept in cooperation with the WBA Werkzeugbau Akademie Aachen.
The first step in the industry project is the workpiece analysis, so that requirements from the workpiece portfolio can be identified. On this basis, the researchers then derive specifications for the machines to be procured in the igus tool shop in the future.
A market analysis and a pre-selection of the machines on the basis of the defined specifications form the next steps for the realization of the project.
The project partners identify and evaluate the prerequisites for the introduction of automation in the tool shop. Based on these requirements, an automation concept is then developed for the tool shop at igus GmbH. The concept determines the machines to be integrated, the handling unit, the clamping system and also includes the identification of possible suppliers.
In this project, Fraunhofer IPT is collaborating with the WBA Werkzeugbau Akademie Aachen to create detailed specifications based on the requirements from the workpiece portfolio. In addition, the researchers use these specifications to pre-select machines available on the market. From this, the project partners define and evaluate the requirements for automation and derive an automation concept for igus GmbH.