Wire harness assembly remains a time-intensive, manual process that yields inconsistent product quality and high prices. This project uses collaborative robots to automate the process.

Project

Today’s wire harness assembly process is a time-intensive, manual process that results in inconsistent product quality and high prices. This project seeks to reduce wire harness assembly costs by using collaborative robots to lay wiring through the development of a unique end effecter. The technology will integrate into existing ECAD, increasing the ease of integration and allowing for adoption by other markets.

Objective

Reduce the cost of wire harness assembly

Technical Approach

This project will lower the cost of wire harness assembly via automation. Collaborative robots will be able to lay wiring through the development of a unique end effector. The project will also:

  • Integrate into preexisting ECAD for laying wire on preexisting foam boards
  • Increase versatility and flexibility through the utilization of preexisting foam boards, multiple cable varieties, automated labeling, and quick change tool heads

The project outputs have the potential for adoption by other markets.

Participants

Wichita State University (Principal Investigator), Lockheed Martin