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Design of a flexible, scalable, high quality production line for PEMFC manufacturing

Total Cost €


EC-Contrib. €






Project "INLINE" data sheet

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Organization address
address: IM STADTGUT A2
postcode: 4407

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 Coordinator Country Austria [AT]
 Project website
 Total cost 3˙286˙068 €
 EC max contribution 3˙286˙068 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU. (Reduce the production cost of fuel cell systems to be used in transport applications, while increasing their lifetime to levels which can compete with conventional technologies)
 Code Call H2020-JTI-FCH-2016-1
 Funding Scheme FCH2-RIA
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-02-01   to  2020-01-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    PROFACTOR GMBH AT (STEYR GLEINK) coordinator 619˙195.00
2    FRONIUS INTERNATIONAL GMBH AT (PETTENBACH) participant 1˙032˙500.00
3    OMB SALERI SPA IT (BRESCIA) participant 582˙500.00
4    ELRINGKLINGER AG DE (DETTINGEN AN DER ERMS) participant 528˙987.00


 Project objective

The INLINE project aims at the solution of key challenges to enable the implementation of a scalable manufacturing process for fuel cell systems. Current manufacturing processes rely on manual work that has substantial limits in terms of cycle times, costs and scalability. Developments will start with the re-design and optimization of two key components: the media supply unit and the tank valve regulator. Both are components that are currently difficult to manufacture and are perceived as bottlenecks in the production process. Based on these new designs, an integrated production line will be planned using simulation tools. These tools will enable the evaluation of different layouts, part flow strategies and for different production scenarios. In terms of manufacturing tools, the end of line test will be improved to reduce cycle times by a factor of 3 and assistance systems for assembly stations will be developed that will enable scalability by reducing the need for training of workers. The overall target is to reduce the cycle time for production of a whole fuel cell system from 15 hours to less than 2.5 hours. Data gathering and analysis methods will be developed to enable the tracking of parts through the production line and - through a correlation of process and quality data - the continuous improvement of the production process. Demonstration of the end of line test and the assistance system will be done in hardware. The whole production line will be evaluated using a simulation tool that has been verified on the current production process. A set of engineering samples of the re-designed tank valve regulator and the media supply unit will be produced and used for tests of the integrated fuel cells and for assessment of the whole production process.A potential of 250 new jobs in manufacturing of fuel cells and for production of the key components will be generated by the project.


List of deliverables.
Setup of the project’s web page. Websites, patent fillings, videos etc. 2019-04-18 13:57:45

Take a look to the deliverables list in detail:  detailed list of INLINE deliverables.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Tom Staehr, Nicole Stricker, Gisela Lanza
Autonomous planning tool for changeable assembly systems
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Procedia CIRP 2020-03-05

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