XXL-Assembly - Disturbances in the assembly of large components


The assembly of large-scale products (XXL-products) is often organized as an on site assembly. As a results, the assembly is usually characterized by poor data availability, low process standardization, frequent product changes and the need for flexible resource availability. An elaborate process planning and often inadequate work plan quality are the result. The research project “Adaptive assembly for XXL-products“ aims to address these issues with an approach that identifies, evaluates and visualizes alternative assembly processes for the employees.  

Research question:
How does a method for the selection of process alternatives that are short-term responses to assembly disturbances need to be designed?


The research project “Adaptive assembly for XXL-products“ produced the following results:

  • Method for the identification and visualization of alternative assembly processes
  • Model for the evaluation of alternative assembly processes
  • Implementation of the developed software in a software demonstrator

Further information can be found at the website of the research project: www.xxl-montage.de

Research partners
Laboratory for Machine Tools of the RWTH Aachen (WZL)
Institute of Integrated Production Hannover (IPH)

Acknowledgements and project sponsors
We thank the Federal Logistics Association (BLV eV) and the consortium of industrial research associations "Otto von Guericke" e.V. (AiF) for the funding under the program to promote joint industrial research (IGF) from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy
Project period: 01.04.2014 – 31.12.2015

Dipl.-Ing. Dipl.-Wirt. Ing. Torben Schmitz
Email: t.schmitz@wzl.rwth-aachen.de
Tel. 0241 80 28293

Johannes Wagner, M.Sc. M.Sc.
Email: j.wagner@wzl.rwth-aachen.de