Premium add-on entertainment package for the following two vehicles, electric windows in the front doors only, the remaining car bodies with an automatically opening trunk, the next four with all electric controls as standard and, and, and.... This is more or less the reality on an assembly line focused on personalized customer equipment. Working on this kind of production line means constantly having to adapt to new screw profiles to ensure they are executed properly and fully. Using a solution developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS, the BMW Group in Regensburg is now giving their production assemblers digital assistants directly on their tools. The case in point: hand-guided electric screwdrivers. For every assignment, the tool tells its operator whether all screwing procedures for a given job were properly carried out. Done! Then the next set of instructions arrives, displayed on a communication box measuring only a few centimeters. The intelligent software developed by Fraunhofer IIS analyzes the screwing direction, number of maneuvers and proper movement in real time and notifies the operator of the next step.
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