Design and optimization of a light-weight aluminium gantry system
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Lattix has developed, manufactured and delivered light-weight Gantry systems for road traffic support since 1995. Besides the low weight, their products are competitive due to capabilities such as the total system delivery, high design agility, on-time delivery, possibility of customization, appealing visual appearance, low maintenance cost, and more. Nevertheless, the main challenge is to reduce the total cost. It embraces the material cost, purchased components, assembly and installation cost, and, the most important driver, the customization cost. A lack of standardization solutions, components and subsystems that enable to have a product matrix that covers a wider range of customers needs requires engineers to redevelop existing solutions to make them fit to specific customer needs. In order to be able to sustain competitiveness in the existing markets and allow the possibility of expanding into new growing markets, a common design platform across the variants that provides possibilities for mass-customization is desired. The challenge can be summarized as the focus of creating standard design solutions, which maintain the capability of tailor-make Gantry systems accordingly with individual customers needs. Therefore, a new gantry will be developed in this work, having a holistic product perspective with the final goal of minimizing the total cost and maximizing perceived customer value. In order to achieve that goal, cost evaluations will be performed to different Gantry concepts.