Description of the Experiment:

The company is specialized in the production and design of customized telescopic slides for several industrial equipment applications. The production processes of shaping, punching and assembly are semi-automated. Because of small batches sizes, operators have to change machines and tools over between different product types and operating tasks very frequently: this will take time and causes risks of making errors. Furthermore, they have to solve problems in a very short time and provide feedback on product and process design to engineers and management. This requires the right technology (flexible automation), optimal human machine interaction as well as the right expertise, competences, team collaboration, insights in the production process and (instruction) tools.

Main objectives of the Experiment:

HORSE is expected to bring benefits for TRI on the flexibility of production with small lot sizes.

  1. Flexible automation and work organization: allows to respond quickly to changing market demands, and swift and continuous innovation of products, production technology (flexible automation) and work organization
  2. optimal human machine / robot interaction (information) during operation, during change overs and during maintenance tasks
  3. Cost reduction: by the combination of monitoring systems, the reduction of change-over times and training requirement for new staff and when new products are launched.

Main results expected to achieve in the Experiment:

The third Pilot Experiment of HORSE will upgrade the monitoring and quality control in production lines with small lot sizes and a strong request for flexibility in production. HORSE will allow to couple the diverse monitoring system, which makes quality control easier for the operator.

Sector/s of Application:

  1. Main Sector of Application: production and design of customized telescopic slides for several industrial equipment applications.
  1. Potential Sector/s of Application:  This use case of HORSE offers scalability potential for other production lines with small lot sizes and frequent changeovers. Tested with a huge industrial group, the results can be transferred to SMEs which are normally confronted with exactly these challenges.