Agile Multi-Parallel Micro Manufacturing Using a Grid of Equiplets

Authors Leo van Moergestel, Erik Puik
Published in Precision Assembly Technologies and Systems
Publication date 17 February 2010
Research groups Smart Systems for Healthy Living
Type Lecture


Abstract: Unlike manufacturing technology for semiconductors and printed circuit boards, the market for traditional micro assembly lacks a clear public roadmap. More agile manufacturing strategies are needed in an environment in which dealing with change becomes a rule instead of an exception. In this paper, an attempt is made to bring production with universal micro assembly cells to the next level. This is realised by placing a larger number of cells, called Equiplets, in a “Grid”. Equiplets are compact and low-cost manufacturing platforms that can be reconfigured to a broad number of applications. Benchmarking Equiplet production has shown reduced time to market and a smooth transition from R&D to Manufacturing. When higher production volumes are needed, more systems can be placed in parallel to meet the manufacturing demand. Costs of product design changes in the later stage of industrialisation have been reduced due to the modular production in grids, which allows the final design freeze to be postponed as late as possible. The need for invested capital is also pushed backwards accordingly. doi 10.1007/978-3-642-11598-1_32

Language English
Published in Precision Assembly Technologies and Systems
Key words Grid Manufacturing, Agile, Reconfigurable, Equiplet, Microsystem, Hybrid, Submissive Product Design
Page range 271-282

Erik Puik

Smart Systems for Healthy Living