It is not enough to simply come up with concepts for so-called cyber-physical work environments – these also have to be implemented and proven to be ﬁ t for their purpose in practice. Ingenics therefore created a comprehensive list of criteria to enable systematic identiﬁ cation, analysis, and evaluation of HRC applications. Comparing this list of criteria to an assembly facility enables identiﬁ cation and classiﬁcation of potentially realistic scenarios from a pool of possible ﬁelds of application.
The ﬁrst step was to evaluate an assembly line at the Audi plant in Ingolstadt using the newly developed tool from Ingenics. A large number of suitable applications were then ranked. The most suitable of these were examined in greater detail and presented to responsible parties at Audi. The decision was made a short time ago to implement several of these applications in pilot projects based on an overarching roadmap.
There is no doubt that Ingenics has the expertise and experience in assembly planning and implementation that is necessary to evaluate HRC applications. In addition to speciﬁc knowledge of the properties of HRC robots and a systematic approach to analysis and evaluation, the consulting ﬁrm offers everything it takes to ensure that fast, clear identiﬁcation of potential HRC applications and their implementation are realistic goals.
“Audi would like to implement applications in a timely manner,” explains Tobias Katai, a key account manager at Ingenics. “The roadmap we created will ensure that nothing gets in the way of rapid implementation.” Dr. Veit Rückel, a specialist project manager for HRC systems at Audi, notes: “Working with Ingenics AG was very constructive and productive thanks to the consultants’ detailed technical knowledge. This helped to make sure that AUDI AG can retain its ‘Vorsprung durch Technik’ when it comes to HRC applications – a concept that matters a great deal to the management.”