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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-2013-NMP-ICT-FOF(RTD)
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Funding Scheme

CP-TP - Collaborative Project targeted to a special group (such as SMEs)

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)

AFT AUTOMATION UND FEINWERKTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 474 648
Address
Carl Zeiss Strasse 4-6
75248 Olbronn Durrn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Markus Häusel (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
EU contribution
€ 587 812
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
70174 Stuttgart
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Philipp Eberspächer (Mr.)
CRITICAL MANUFACTURING SA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 306 800
Address
Rua Eng Frederico Ulrich 2650
4470-605 Moreira Da Maia Porto
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Augusto Vilarinho (Mr.)
MATERIALISE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 667 127
Address
Technologielaan 15
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Roel Wirix-Speetjens (Dr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 600 000
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Frits Feenstra (Mr.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 583 238
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Malins (Dr.)
SCHUNK GMBH & CO KG SPANN- UND GREIFTECHNIK
Germany
EU contribution
€ 235 240
Address
Bahnhofstr 106-134
74348 Lauffen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralf Becker (Mr.)
COLANDIS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 561 500
Address
Im Camisch 34
07768 Kahla
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Joachim Ludwig (Mr.)
Peacocks Medical Group Ltd.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 390 758
Address
Benfield Business Park Benfield Road Na
NE6 4NQ Newcastle Upon Tyne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jari Pallari (Dr.)
SCIPROM SARL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 179 800
Address
Rue Du Centre 70
1025 Saint Sulpice
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Kirsten Leufgen (Dr.)