Measurement of the Cognitive Assembly Planning Impact

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Abstract

Within highly automated assembly systems, the planning effort forms a large part of production costs. Due to shortening product lifecycles, changing customer demands and therefore an increasing number of ramp-up processes these costs even rise. So assembly systems should reduce these efforts and simultaneously be flexible for quick adaption to changes in products and their variants. A cognitive interaction system in the field of assembly planning systems is developed within the Cluster of Excellence “Integrative production technology for high-wage countries” at RWTH Aachen University which integrates several cognitive capabilities according to human cognition. This approach combines the advantages of automation with the flexibility of humans. In this paper the main principles of the system’s core component – the cognitive control unit – are presented to underline its advantages with respect to traditional assembly systems. Based on this, the actual innovation of this paper is the development of key performance indicators.