Virtual Commissioning of Vehicle Maintenance Operations UNIFICATION

Reference number 2017-02245
Coordinator CHALMERS TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLA AKTIEBOLAG - Institutionen för signaler och system
Funding from Vinnova SEK 7 955 000
Project duration June 2017 - May 2020
Status Ongoing
Venture The strategic innovation programme for Production2030
Call Strategic Innovation Programme Produktion2030 Spring 2017:2

Purpose and goal

The main idea is to provide and demonstrate innovative solutions enabling the introduction of flexible and efficient automation solutions within maintenance workshops and vehicle/powertrain assembly systems. This includes adapting methods to efficiently collect, analyse and convert large amounts of digital data of products, maintenance workshops, and production systems for decision making and control. The goal is to deliver and demonstrate solutions for optimization of operation planning and flexible visualisation techniques.

Expected results and effects

The goal is to increase the efficiency and quality of vehicle maintenance by digitalizing the vehicle maintenance workshop by increased level of automation: handle complexity of the huge numbers of product combinations and vehicle maintenance facilities; real time cloud based generation of robot paths based on 3D-models; framework for design of physical tools handleable by both humans and robots; higher sustainability by improved working environment, efficient maintenance and higher quality, and lower fuel consumption and longer life cycle.

Planned approach and implementation

WP1 will develop methods for calculation of possible configuration solutions based on available equipment and truck configurations and generate well-balanced and optimized sequencing. WP2 will develop a cloud based path planning tool for automatic generation of robot paths based on 3D-models. WP3 will develop three tools, representing different levels in the tool framework; video inspection, oil filter change, and oil/coolant change. WP4 will perform demonstration and validation activities in laboratory environment at Chalmers and at Volvo Digitalization Lab.

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