Keynote Speakers

Presenting on May 16


Prof. Hoda A. ElMaraghy

Hoda A. ElMaraghy is Professor of Industrial Manufacturing Systems Engineering at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

Keynote Title: "Variety Adaptable Assembly Systems" (Co-author: Waguih ElMaraghy)

In today’s manufacturing environment, change has become a constant. Modern assembly systems must adapt to products, markets, technologies and regulatory requirements. The assembly industry is undergoing vast changes with the rapid development of production automation, process control, information technologies and networking. Variant-oriented assembly systems have been developed to achieve more flexibility and adaptability to enable adding product variants and scaling production. Smart assembly systems where intelligence is embedded in the products, work stations and system are emerging to achieve more autonomy in communication between entities in the system and more adaptable control of assembly flow and system performance. This paper highlights some advances in assembly technologies and systems and new trends of modularity and reconfigurable using a modular and reconfigurable assembly system. Future directions and challenges are outlined.


Dr. Johan S Carlson

Johan S Carlson is Director of the Fraunhofer-Chalmers Research Centre for Industrial Mathematics in Gothenburg, Sweden. He also heads the department of Geometry and Motion Planning.

Keynote Title: "Mathematics as a leading edge in virtual product realization"

In this talk, we will show how advanced mathematics and algorithms can be used to cut costs, improve quality and save time in product and production development as well as in running production. The focus will be on modelling, simulation, optimization and visualization of geometries and motions in manual and robotized assembly processes, joining processes and inspection processes. Geometry and motion planning algorithms can also contribute to and benefit from trends in digitalization and industry 4.0. Emerging applications are e.g. self-programming assembly lines, additive manufacturing, human robot cooperation, 3D scanning and point clouds.


Dr. Dan Lämkull

Dan Lämkull is Research Leader and Method Developer at the department of Virtual Methods & IT at Volvo Cars.

Keynote Title: "Digital Factory and Virtual Manufacturing at Volvo Cars"

In 2020, Volvo Cars shall be able to introduce a new car model, from idea to a realized product with a flawless production, in 20 months. One important enabler for achieving this vision is efficient tools and workflow processes for product and process simulation. Within the Manufacturing Engineering organization, several task forces have been started to meet the demands originating from the vision to introduce a new car model in 20 months. This presentation will give a short introduction in some of these topics and show how Virtual Manufacturing is used to verify flawless production of future car models before the physical start of production.


Presenting on May 17


Prof. Dr.-Ing. Detlef Zühlke

Detlef Zühlke is Professor in Industrial Automation at the University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany.

Keynote Title: "Industry 4.0 – from vision to work"

Our industries are facing a period of major challenges. The customer demand for new products is coming at ever shorter intervals and is increasingly dependent on customized products that must be adapted for individual preferences. Although enormous performance improvements in computer-aided technology during the past 10 years have allowed the design and planning phases to be adapted to the different limiting conditions, a similar breakthrough is still awaited in the actual manufacturing technologies.

For solving this dilemma we can learn from the field of information and communication technologies. Computers are getting so small they seem to vanish inside nearly all of our technical devices. Beyond all this, things communicate in a world-wide network: the Internet. Nearly all the things of everyday life will become smart nodes or cyber physical systems within a global network. This phenomenon is called the Internet-of-Things and will certainly find its way also into industrial production. This will lead us to smart production processes in smart factories.


Maria Weiland

Maria Weiland is Business Director Development R&T at SAAB AB, Aerostructures. She is also coordinator of the FP7 project LOCOMACHS, Low Cost Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures.

Keynote Title: "Virtual Assembly used in the LOCOMACHS project"

LOCOMACHS (LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures), is a collaborative research and development project coordinated by SAAB AB, gathering 31 partners including European key players in the aircraft industry. The objective is to remove non-added value operations, within composite airframe assembly production lines such as temporary assembly to check gaps, shimming, trimming, dismantling, tool handling, etc.

Over 70 technical targets have been addressed including tolerance management, novel integrated joining techniques, manufacturing process control and assembly automation. The technologies have been demonstrated through design, manufacturing and assembly of four different demonstrators including two physical ones and two virtual. The physical demonstrators present new design architectures and build philosophies of wing boxes at a technology level of TRL6. Within the LOCOMACHS project, the step change is to develop missing emerging technologies and integrate them with existing ones to create cost efficient part manufacturing and assembly of composite and hybrid airframe structures. This presentation will give an overview of the project and a few in-deep presentations of virtual assembly used in the project.

Published: Mon 24 Mar 2014. Modified: Mon 11 Apr 2016