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Human touch to efficient modular assembly system

Juhani Heilala (Research Scientist and Paavo Voho is a Senior Research Scientist, Manufacturing Technology, Finland)
Paavo Voho (Senior Research Scientist, VTT Manufacturing Technology, Finland)

Assembly Automation

ISSN: 0144-5154

Article publication date: 1 December 1997



Market turbulence drives assembly plants to constantly adjust their production volume of products, variants and quantities. At the same time, the assembly plant managers must protect the long‐term investments in the flexible assembly system. The best solution is the modular approach, which gives managers possibilities to adjust volume by adding new modules or to automate the manual system step by step. To keep flexibility, the combination of intelligent pallet, i.e. use of escort memory, and individual product together with other hardware providing paperless production supports even lot size one.



Heilala, J. and Voho, P. (1997), "Human touch to efficient modular assembly system", Assembly Automation, Vol. 17 No. 4, pp. 298-302.




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