The LIAA Project was initiated to find a technological solution such as virtual training to keep assembly jobs, the most labor intensive part of manufacturing, in Europe. Small batch sizes, large number of variants, a significant number of parts and processes, and limited opportunities for automation make the assembly process labor intensive and costly. As a result, the assembly process, which is the last step in the manufacturing process, is often outsourced to lower wage countries such as China and India. By applying innovative technical solutions, the LIAA Project is looking for ways that boost efficiency while maintaining the flexibility needed for small or customized setups.
LIAA received a grant from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration for 8M Euros.