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Flexible Mini-Factory for local and customized production in a container

Objective

Advanced production equipment and innovative systems are needed to enable fast and cost-effective manufacturing of customised products at the location of need, at the required time.
Within CassaMobile a mobile, flexible, modular, small-footprint manufacturing system in a 20’ ISO-container that can be easily configured for different products and processes is developed. The container format allows transport to provide on-site manufacturing anywhere, enabling the benefits of localised service delivery without duplication of equipment at multiple locations.
The integrated modular manufacturing system with standard interfaces allows an easy exchange of process modules. The process modules are inherently intelligent. Each module is equipped with its own control equipment and features a self-description, which in combination with the machine control system allows automatic configuration of the whole assembly system.
An additive manufacturing module enables the system to “3D print” customised components of virtually any shape. In-process inspection improves accuracy, reduces waste and eliminates manual quality control tasks. A pick and place module allows assembly of discrete components. Other processes, such as finishing, cleaning and sterilisation, can be easily integrated as additional process modules.
The concept will be demonstrated by three use cases: bone drill guides for orthopaedic surgery, medical orthotics and individual industrial gripping products. The use cases impose very different and challenging requirements for customisation: patient-specific parts, medical production, high demands for process stability etc.
The project will create significant impact by enabling manufacturers to respond to rapidly changing market dynamics with high value-added products whilst reducing time-to-market, cost, environmental footprint and set-up time. Industrial and scientific exploitation tracks are an integral part of the whole concept.
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Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Address

Hansastrasse 27c
80686 Munchen

Germany

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 1 063 077

Administrative Contact

Walter Krause (Mr.)

Participants (10)

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AFT AUTOMATION UND FEINWERKTECHNIK GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 474 648

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 587 812

CRITICAL MANUFACTURING SA

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 306 800

MATERIALISE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 667 127

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 600 000

LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 583 238

SCHUNK GMBH & CO KG SPANN- UND GREIFTECHNIK

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 235 240

COLANDIS GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 561 500

Peacocks Medical Group Ltd.

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 390 758

SCIPROM SARL

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 179 800

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 609146

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2013

  • End date

    31 August 2016

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 747 873,19

  • EU contribution

    € 5 650 000

Coordinated by:

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany