Robot optimization in stud welding line. 
​Photo ​cred: Fraunhofer Chalmers Centre

Research Themes

Over the years, the research projects have evolved in an overlapping way. Therefore, the research in the centre is now organized in three research themes. In each theme, a number of topics and research questions are formulated in collaboration with the industrial partners. Based on these research questions case studies and projects are defined. 

The change from more narrow projects to three broader themes, is a way to open up for wider collaboration. It will also enhance marketing of the centre and its results, and thereby improve the implementation of results in new companies and business areas. The theme leaders are all researchers with pronounced industrial experience.

 

The current themes are:

Product Development 4.0

The research team in Systems Engineering Design is an internationally well recognized and nationally leading research group with strong networks in both academia and industry. The group’s core competence is design theory and methodology, product modelling and product data management within the Platform Based Development, Value Driven Design, Systems Engineering, Multidisciplinary Engineering and Product Lifecycle Management.

Smart Assembly

Platform-based development and large product variety put high demands on flexibility and adaptability in the assembly systems. Smart Assembly refers to a next-generation capability in assembly systems and technologies which integrate “virtual” and “real-time” methods in order to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity, lead time, quality, and agility.

Perceived Quality

Customer perception of product quality is a key factor in creating successful products. Perceived quality (PQ) represents all aspects that create a feeling of good quality in a product. The producer’s ability to predict engineering execution that forms a basis for high PQ is related to both simulation and interpretation.




Three themes are overlapping the research groups. Each theme contain current challenges that require participants from several areas of expertise.​

Published: Mon 28 Apr 2014. Modified: Sun 11 Mar 2018