Unsettled Technology Domains in Industrial Smart Assembly Tools Supporting Industry 4.0 EPR2020018
“Smart” refers to tools that are “specific, measurable, achievable, reasonable/realistic,
and time bound.” Smart assembly tools are used in many industries, including automotive,
aerospace, and space for measuring, inspecting, gauging, drilling, and installing all
existing fastening systems. Inside the Industry 4.0 environment, these tools have a huge
influence on Information and Communication Technology (ICT), assembly cost reduction, process
control, and even the product and process quality.
These four domains—and their undefined nature—are the focus of this SAE EDGE™ Research Report.
The technical issues identified here need to be discussed, the goals clarifying the scope of
the industry-wide need to be aligned, and the issues requiring standardization need prioritized.
NOTE: SAE EDGE Research Reports are intended to identify and illuminate key issues in emerging,
but still unsettled, technologies of interest to the mobility industry. The goal of SAE EDGE
Research Reports is to stimulate discussion and work in the hope of promoting and speeding
resolution of identified issues. SAE EDGE Research Reports are not intended to resolve the
challenges they identify or close any topic to further scrutiny.