The assembly of different product types and variants, up to batch size 1, on one assembly system leads to frequent adjustments of the assembly line and thus to renewed commissioning and replanning processes. In addition, different variants represent a challenge for the assembly worker.
By means of continuous information exchange between real and virtual assembly, it is possible to support employees in planning and operation.
A virtual planning environment is used to record product, process and equipment data, as well as intelligent worker guidance to display the next assembly step and the associated activities. An agent-based control system for object-oriented control as well as localisation technologies for the identification of changes in the real assembly additionally support.
This technology is mainly used in electronic component assembly and by suppliers in value-added networks.