Enhanced Agility for Assembly Tasks via Self-Sufficient Mobile Working Stations

Rudolf Pichler*, Daniel Strametz, Martin Höffernig

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This paper introduces the standardized design and the use of self-sufficient Mobile Working Stations (MWS) for meeting upcoming requirements in providing agility for wide range assembly tasks. It describes how the physical equipment of an assembly line can be prepared for being fit for processing highly customized or even fairly new products outside the existing production portfolio in a very short time. Herein all relevant mechanical, informational and safety related aspects for a new setup have to be obtained. This includes a maximum in functionality and universality of the single MWS and the environment of the factory as a whole as well as the use of a Real Time Locating System (RTLS) for providing the always up to date positions of the MWS or other moveable elements in such an agile factory. The paper closes with an outlook to related ongoing research topics.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia Computer Science
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2021
Event2nd International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing: ISM 2020 - University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, Hagenberg Campus, Virtual, Online, Austria
Duration: 23 Nov 202025 Nov 2020

Publication series

NameProcedia Computer Science
PublisherElsevier B.V.


Conference2nd International Conference on Industry 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing
Abbreviated titleISM 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Internet address


  • agility
  • real time locating system
  • smart factory
  • self-sufficient working stations
  • assembly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

Fields of Expertise

  • Mobility & Production


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