The Adam OPEL AG (http://www.opel.de/) is one of Europe’s largest automobile producers, which was founded 1862 in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The company with its headquarters in Rüsselsheim and its sister brand in the U.K., Vauxhall, sell vehicles in over 40 countries. The company operates plants and development centres in 6 European countries, and employs more than 35,000 people. In 2013, OPEL sold over 1.05 million passenger cars and light commercial vehicles in Europe, achieving a market share of 5.6 percent.
Opel acts as an End-user in Team FLA²IR; OPEL provides detailed use-case specifications, interviews with factory workers, practical considerations for safety and human-robot interaction and evaluations from the end-user perspective.
Previous/running successful EU projects:
- FP7 – LIAA (Hybrid workplaces with humans and robots for PWT assembly)
- FP7 – VISTRA (Virtual assembly operator training, evaluation with operators)
OPEL, as an experienced car manufacturing company, has a huge range of expertise in the different manufacturing technologies and processes as part of its volume production lines. The Manufacturing Engineering departments have an extensive know-how in application-oriented use of automation, plant management, robotic systems, handling and assembly systems, assembly operations and safety require-ments. The development and implementation of practical advanced manufacturing technologies is one major focus to improve productivity and working conditions inside the production plants.