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Adaptive Tip dress Control for Automated Resistance Spot Welding

Objective

High volume automotive production (such as body-in-white construction) operations rely heavily on RSW (resistance spot welding), and suffer significant losses of output (and resulting revenue) as a consequence of frequent production line stoppages. These stoppages are predominantly caused by weld quality issues, which in turn arise from poor maintenance of consumable ‘tips’ on RSW guns.

SmartDress will develop a fully automated adaptive control system that will optimise, monitor and maintain tip quality in these applications. This will minimise line stoppages and give provide our consortium of tier 2/3 SME automotive suppliers with an IP protectable, ‘high-tech’ product, enabling us to protect and expand our market share – which is shrinking due to competition from low-labour rate competitor countries.

Another key feature of the SmartDress system will be that it will allow cost-competitive manufacture of aluminium (not currently commercially viable), which will enable lower cost aluminium vehicle manufacture. This could have very large potential impact on CO2 emissions (due to vehicle light-weighting).

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/automation and control systems
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2011
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs
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Coordinator

SINTERLEGHE SRL
Address
Via Cenischia 33
10139 Torino
Italy
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 369 121
Administrative Contact
Eugenio Tedeschi (Mr.)

Participants (6)

FINISHING AIDS & TOOLS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 170 924,80
Address
Little End Road Eaton Socon 34-35
PE19 8GF St Neots
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Chris Howcroft (Mr.)
SWANTEC SOFTWARE AND ENGINEERING APS
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 322 425,20
Address
Diplomvej 373
2800 Kongens Lyngby
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Wenqi Zhang (Dr.)
TWI LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 30 514
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Surowiec Agata (Ms.)
TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Finland
EU contribution
€ 25 105
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Seija Flinck (Ms.)
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 21 801
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Christoph Schulte (Mr.)
FISHER SMITH LLP
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 009
Address
Spencer Street 1-3
NN14 4BX Ringstead
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Keith Philpot (Mr.)