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Wednesday, June 2 • 12:25 - 12:50
Mixing materials, technologies and robots in an automated composite production

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  • GroFi – a multi-robot plant
  • MES as an enabler
  • intelligent and self-regulated process control

Acquiring higher rates in the production of large scale CFRP components by simultaneously using several robotic units in manufacturing processes is one of the major aims of the DLR Center of Lightweight Production in Stade.
In 2017, the first multi-head process was demonstrate by using two Automated Fiber Placement (AFP) units for an automated manufacturing of a wing-like structure. Significant advantages in the overall layup time were demonstrated. As next step for automating and improving this process, a central Manufacturing Execution System (MES) with extensive functionalities for the planning, simulation, and control of our multi-head manufacturing plant has been developed. Several of its new features were demonstrated in the DLR-internal project PROTEC NSR and can be discussed in this talk.
Through new simulation technologies the DLR can combine different materials and technologies in a production process simultaneously. The necessary maintenance steps are supervised by the MES. Separate inline quality assurance systems are integrated and supplied with online data of the production. Via several virtual twins of the production process we can simulate the robotic movement offline and make a time-optimized planning, furthermore data can be generated that is used by an online production control for an active collision avoidance system. If a robotic unit needs to be restocked or maintained, it can be taken out of the running production process automatically and due to implemented functionalities of a rescheduling step the remaining layup units can go on with the manufacturing uninterrupted.
We will discuss the state of our research and its future topics and applications.

Speakers, Jury Members & Final...
avatar for Markus SCHREIBER


Research Scientist, Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V.
2015 – Master of Science in Applied Mathematics at the Technical University of Clausthal-Zellerfeld, GermanySince 2015 – Research Scientist at the German Aerospace Center in Stade, Germany, with focus on modelling and software design for the simulation and control of multi robot... Read More →

Wednesday June 2, 2021 12:25 - 12:50 CEST
Conferences (Hall 6 - Room 611)