Research project: ProDigieS

Production systems for the digitalized aviation industry based on efficient service architectures

Research area: Automation, intralogistics, machine learning
Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (LuFo VI-2)
In collaboration with:
  • German Center for Aerospace Technology e.V.
  • Airbus Operations GmbH
  • Siemens AG
  • Fraunhofer Society for the Promotion of Applied Research e.V.
Start of the project: September 2022
End of the project: November 2025
Contact person at the institute: Jonathan Determann, M.Sc.

The aviation industry differs from highly automated mass production in other industries due to the large proportion of manual processes in manufacturing small quantities. In the sub-project of the TU Hamburg, technologies are being developed for automated production-supplying intralogistics.

Due to the high number of materials required, which need to be at the installation site on time, logistics is vital in the final assembly of the aircraft. Currently, tasks such as commissioning, transporting, etc. are predominantly carried out manually. Through automation, these tasks will be more efficient, and a machine will carry out ergonomically challenging tasks.
Manually packed load carriers are a central component of a majority of production-supplying logistics processes. Before an assembly process, these load carriers are transported by hand from a material marketplace to the construction site. Automation of this transport process is possible but requires automated loading and unloading of driverless transport systems (AGVs).

To enable these interfaces between the upstream marketplace and automated transport to the assembly site, the IFPT is developing concepts for automated material handling both at the marketplace and at the transfer station to the assembly site. For this purpose, AI-based bin-picking problems, the commissioning of orders, versatile handling of a wide range of components, and AI-based analyses of the hybrid working environment are being researched.

Contact person at the Institute: Jonathan Determann, M.Sc.