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Development of an automated spot weld inspection device for safe vehicle repair

Objective

There are over three thousand spot welds in a typical car. When a car is repaired the spot welding parameters can be different as the mass production machinery used in manufacture can no longer be used. The repairer often is not an expert at inspecting spot welds. Assured reliability of the spot weld is paramount, since the integrity of the spot welds is vital to the crash performance of a car and the safety of its passengers. Therefore, there is a need for a rapid non-destructive inspection device that can be operated by somebody without specialist skills. SpotTrack proposal is for creating the first automatic spot weld tracking device that can be applied non-destructively in the automotive repair industry.

The only inspection option available to body repair shops today is to create a spot weld on an off-cut and carry out a ‘peel test’ on it, which is destructive. However, the assumption that the test spot weld is identical to the one on the car can be unsatisfactory. In some cases the spot weld may not be tested at all. The new SpotTrack device will allow the user to quickly and reliably tell whether a spot weld is acceptable by giving a simple pass or fail indication. The proposed SpotTrack system will have the advantage of testing the actual weld made within a matter of seconds and without the need for interpretation. Most importantly it will ensure that the actual spot welds going into service are safe.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

VERMON SA
Address
Rue General Renault 180
37000 Tours
France
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 313 147
Administrative Contact
Jean-Yves Corduan (Mr.)

Participants (8)

I & T NARDONI INSTITUTE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 223 785
Address
Via Della Cascina Pontevica 21
25010 Brescia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giuseppe Nardoni (Mr.)
TECNITEST INGENIEROS SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 243 585
Address
Calle Ciudad De Frias 1-Nave 4
28021 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Diego Florez (Mr.)
A.C.T. (TRANSNATIONAL) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 196 215
Address
Underhill Street Lazyard House
WV16 4BB Bridgnorth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stephen Butler (Mr.)
TOFAS TURK OTOMOBIL FABRIKASI ANONIM SIRKETI
Turkey
EU contribution
€ 20 150
Address
Buyukdere Cad Tofas Han 145 Kat 4-5 Zincirlikuyu
34394 Sisli Istanbul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bülent Oktay (Mr.)
KARL VELLA AUTOBODY REPAIRS LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 11 450
Address
Gillibrands Road
WN8 9PT Skelmersdale
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Karl Vella (Mr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 55 263
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Lucy Parker (Ms.)
KAUNO TECHNOLOGIJOS UNIVERSITETAS
Lithuania
EU contribution
€ 33 005
Address
K Donelaicio 73
44029 Kaunas
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Milda Beruliene (Ms.)
CONSULTING AB DEUTSCHLAND GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 33 900
Address
Heinenkamp 18C
38444 Wolfsburg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Stefan Eriksson (Mr.)