Assembly Process Design and Virtual Validation

Assembly process design image 3The Proving Factory is a £22m manufacturing initiative designed to strengthen the UK’s automotive supply chain. The project, established with funding from the private sector and the government’s Advanced Manufacturing Supply Chain Initiative (AMSCI), was created to provide a route from prototype to production for advanced low carbon technologies.
A key objective was to establish a flexible UK manufacturing and assembly facility capable of volume production (200,000 units/annum) for 6 high speed, rotating powertrain technologies, thereby de-risking future OEM investment.
The role of the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) within the project was to support Productiv in the industrialisation of the Proving Factory assembly facility concept through:
Applying a Design For Assembly methodology to optimise the technologies for mass production
Simulating manufacturing systems to suggest an optimal strategy for production
Using standard process times to design manual and semi-automated assembly cells
Analysing 3D models of the assembly cells using an immersive Virtual Reality suite and ergonomics software
Physically validating processes through manual assembly test builds and automated pick-and-place robot trials

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