Services in RIMA
APIBOT project (with the companies Soologic Technological Solutions S.L. and FlyROS).
APIBOT Technology Experimentation Stage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ixIBjNgeq8
AERODefectScan (ROVIMÁTICA and ELIMCO AEROSPACE). Preliminary testing in University of Seville outdoor facilities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nx3OrnjxPG4
TANGO (FUVEX and Sistemas Navarra): BRLOS missions.
Milestones of transfer to the productive sector
CATEC participated in the launch meeting of the TCTool project, belonging to the Clean Sky 2 call, where a series of industrializable solutions will be developed to weld thermoplastic components in an automated way. Specifically CATEC will create an assembly tool to position spars and frames on the skin of the aircraft fuselage. The pick-and-place end effector will have the ability to perform partial welds to secure the components in their positions prior to the final weld.
Monitoring meeting of the AEROPAINT project, belonging to the Call for Collaboration Challenges, which is funded by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities and the State Research Agency. In the project, CATEC is introducing advanced robotics systems at the Sofitec factory. Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems, collaborative robotics and augmented reality will improve the way factories of the future paint the substructures of airplanes.
CATEC collaborates in the FAMACOM project for new automation solutions for the manufacture of lightweight composites with Inespasa in the new R&D project FAMACOM, a new initiative that aims to develop new automation solutions in advanced manufacturing of lightweight composite materials structures ( composites). Specifically, it aims to develop an integrated solution using microwave curing for the production of large pieces in sandwich format, reducing recurring costs for companies and eliminating the autoclave curing system.
FAMACOM is a project that is part of the FEDER INNTERCONECTA 2018 Program, financed by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The initiative is led by Aerotecnic and Titania, CT Ingenieros, the University of Cádiz and the AIMPLAS center also participate.
BESTAERO AERO FACTORY project
The BESTAERO AERO FACTORY project aims to develop new 4.0 technologies to improve the efficiency of processes in the aeronautical industry. FADA-CATEC has tackled a new development that allows flexible automated inspections.
The specific objective of Indupymes 4.0 is to improve the participation of the business community in innovation processes and in R & D & I activities closest to the market. In particular, it consists of helping SMEs in the sectors defined as the objective of the Project: transport (aeronautical, automotive and naval) and their supply chain, to integrate into the concept of Industry 4.0.
The Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) has published the provisional resolution proposal for the Cervera Call for Technological Centers of Excellence 2020, for which 19.38 million euros are allocated to a total of five applied research projects in technological fields considered strategic and defined as priority. Among them, the CEL.IA project stands out, one of the five selected.
The CEL.IA Group ‘Consorcio cErvera for the Leadership of R + D + I in Applied Artificial Intelligence’ brings together five leading Spanish technology centers in the field of Artificial Intelligence, with proven capacities to transfer technology to companies and with the aim of helping SMEs and companies to implement solutions based on Artificial Intelligence to their processes.
Participants: ITI – Technological Institute of Informatics, Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA-CATEC), ITG – Technological Institute of Galicia, ITCL Technological Center and CTIC Technological Center.
Aerial robotic system for logistic uses in manufacturing processes
The University of Seville and FADA-CATEC provide the company AIRBUS DS support in the developement of a system in the framework of the EUROC Challenge 3 (FP7), which is the first aerial robotic system used in manufacturing processes. The ARCOW (Aerial Robotic Coworker) is able to perform in an autonomous way the transportation of light goods involving hundreds of small parts required in aircraft manufacturing. The delivery of these goods traditionally generates many displacements of the workers between storage facilities and the assembly positions. Moreover, the ARCOW system is also able to perform the localization and identification of some goods that can cause Foreign Object Damage (FOD) when forgotten by workers inside aerostructures. This application has been selected as one of the two finalists of Challenge 3 between 35 European teams and has already received the “Best drone based application” in the First EU Drone Award.
Aerial system for sewer inspection
FADA-CATEC and the University of Seville are working on the development of a system for sewer inspection of the company EMASESA, which is in charge of the inspection and maintenance of water and waste management in Seville.
Aerial robotics technologies for the inspection of solar power plants, internal inspection of boilers and tanks
The SME DRONETOOLS, manufacturer of Drones, is receiving the support of the University of Seville in the Spanish CIEN project INSPECTOR devoted to the application of aerial robotics technologies on the optimization of the inspection and maintenance processes in industrial environments, for example electrical substations, wind and termosolar plants or internal inspection in boilers and tanks.
Aerial robotic technologies to increase the efficiency of the industrial infrastructures and protect the environment
For the purpose of improve of increase safety and protect the environment in industrial enclosures has emerged the spanish project DREAM (DRones para incrementar Eficiencia, seguridad y protección del medio ambiente en Mantenimiento de infraestructuras). DREAM aims to develop aerial robotic systems for the inspection and maintenance of infrastructures within the civil engineering, the electrical and the petrochemical fields.
These technologies will benefit the accomplishment of more regular tasks of inspection and maintenance, without increasing costs or risks. DREAM has been granted with a budget of 969k € under the spanish programme FEDER INTERCONNECTA 2018 by CDTI and enterprises as ELIMCO, Tüv Nord or Ingemont are working on it.
Robotic technologies for aircraft manufacturing
The University of Seville and FADA-CATEC together with several companies have developed robotics technologies for AIRBUS DS including:
- Hyper-redundant robotic manipulators for the inspection of confined spaces
- Aircraft flexible riveting robot
- Intelligent system for large load lifting