Sustainable human-robot co-production for the bicycle industry
Paper in proceeding, 2021

Bicycle production has not changed much over the last 100 years, it is still performed mainly by manual labor in mass production. During the global pandemic, the demand for ecologically friendly and customized transport has increased. Hence, customers start to impose the same requirements on bikes as on cars: they want more customized products and short delivery time. This publication describes an approach to transform bicycle manufacturing towards human-robot co-production to enable smaller batch sizes and production on-shoring. We list the challenges of this transformation, our applied methods, and presents preliminary results of the cobot-driven prototypes.







Doris Aschenbrenner

Delft University of Technology

Åsa Fasth Berglund

Mechanical Engineering, Mechatronics and Automation, Design along with Shipping and Marine Engineering

Matthijs Netten

Delft University of Technology

Zoltan Rusak

Delft University of Technology

Johan Stahre

Chalmers, Industrial and Materials Science, Production Systems

Procedia CIRP

22128271 (eISSN)

Vol. 104 857-862

54th CIRP CMS 2021 - Towards Digitalized Manufacturing 4.0
Athens, Greece,

Subject Categories

Production Engineering, Human Work Science and Ergonomics

Manufacturing, Surface and Joining Technology

Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified

Areas of Advance




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