Advances in the TUT Microfactory Concept Development
Riku Heikkilä, Eeva Järvenpää, and Reijo Tuokko
Department of Production Engineering, Tampere University of Technology, Korkeakoulunkatu 6, 33720 Tampere, Finland
Microassembly, micromanufacturing and microfactories are currently widely studied around the world. Tampere University of Technology (TUT) has had a strong background on microfactory research since 1999. This paper summarizes the results of the microfactory research accomplished at TUT during the recent projects. The paper introduces the TUT microfactory concept and discusses the demonstrations from the areas of assembly, laser machining and medical applications realized with TUT microfactory concept. It also presents some conceptual ideas for the factory level logistics of microfactory systems.
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