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Advanced flexible automation cell

Objective

Truly flexible automation of -low volume, -high value per part components, -managing quality assurance aspect throughout the value chain is a key research area for the manufacturing and production community in Europe. The FLEXA project has identified key elements for delivering advancement in this area. The key areas of research will be; cell design solutions in line with product design decisions; fusion of knowledge generated in manufacturing through a rigorous data management structure; virtual manufacturing and automated off line preparation including quality assurance; human-machine interaction and restart capabilities. The FLEXA object will be: To create the tools, methods and technologies needed to define, prepare and validate an automated flexible cell that can manufacture a generic process chain allowing for safe human interaction and deliver quality assured parts for the European aero space industry. Meeting this objective will be a major challenge for the consortium members. All members are committed to contribute with dedicated, competent and skilled people. The project proposes to significantly contribute to the long term objectives for European aero industry, i.e. to deliver technology readiness by 2020 towards the following three subjects: Reduce aircraft development costs by 50%, Create a competitive supply chain able to halve time to market, Reduce travel charges FLEXA is delivering: - Knowledge based manufacturing through reuse of manufacturing information; -10% reduced engine development time; -5% lower engine development cost. : -20% decrease in manufacturing preparation lead time; -50% fewer prototypes in manufacturing preparation phases; -15% less scrap during component development; -Virtual tools for prediction and preparation of manufacturing. : -30% lower product cost; -2 times increased production rate with same process equipment; -25% less scrap during component manufacturing.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/aircraft

Call for proposal

FP7-AAT-2007-RTD-1
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project
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Coordinator

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB
Address
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46181 Trollhaettan
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 648 000
Administrative Contact
Per Nylén

Participants (16)

HOGSKOLAN VAST
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 495 499
Address
Hogskolan Vast
461 86 Trollhattan
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Ann-Kristin Johansson
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 442 625
Address
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41296 Goeteborg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Martin Fabian (Dr.)
AVIO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 446 700
Address
Via Antonio Salandra N18
00187 Roma
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Massimo Negro (Dr.)
HERMES REPLY S.R.L.
Italy
EU contribution
€ 307 200
Address
Corso Francia 110
10143 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Ceresa (Mr.)
MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 279 000
Address
Dachauer Strasse, 665
80995 Muenchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gunnar Klaus (Mr.)
BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 576 250
Address
Carlo-schmid-allee 3
44263 Dortmund
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Claus Bremer (Dr.)
SKYTEK LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 277 750
Address
32 Lower Leeson Street
2 Dublin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Sarah Bourke (Dr.)
ROLLS-ROYCE PLC
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 282 500
Address
Kings Place 90 York Way
N1 9FX London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Craig Johnson (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 263 251
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)
PRATT & WHITNEY RZESZOW SPOLKA AKCYJNA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 180 000
Address
Ulica Hetmanska 120
35 078 Rzeszow
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Robert Haligowski (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DI PISA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 193 360
Address
Lungarno Pacinotti 43/44
56126 Pisa
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Cristina Orsini (Dr.)
ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS

Participation ended

Greece
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Kanari Street 5
15354 Glyka Nera Attikis
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Vassilis Spais (Mr.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 304 239
Address
Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2TN Sheffield
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gill Wells (Ms.)
XENON EFARMOGES YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS ANONYMI ETAIREIA

Participation ended

Greece
EU contribution
€ 204 254,01
Address
Odos Georg Papathanasiou 12
19002 Peania Attica
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Maria Mavros (Ms.)
CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 187 832
Address
College Road
MK43 0AL Cranfield - Bedfordshire
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Suzanne Rose (Ms.)
MILTECH HELLAS BIOMICHANIA EMPORIOANTIPROSOPEIES ILEKTRONIKON OPTIKON KAI MICHANOLOGIKON EIDON AE
Greece
EU contribution
€ 286 223,99
Address
Metaxa Street 90
19002 Pagkrati Paiania
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
John Spanoudakis (Mr.)