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Development of a new flexible manufacturing process for low series production of metal parts, application to custom and special vehicles

Objective

The production of special vehicles or products in volumes lower than 2.000 units per year presents specific technical and economical problems with respect to achieving efficiency, reliability and profitability while remaining environmentally friendly. The current trend is an increase of these specific needs which are becoming increasingly unsatisfied mainly due to too high production costs.
The special vehicle sector, in which are roughly involved 2.500 SMEs in Europe for a business volume of 4.000 Euros must respond to escalating customer expectations, fluctuating demand, complex supply chain processes, and has now reached a critical point in its development where new solutions are needed in order to stay competitive.
The present State-of-the-art is a practically 100% craft or hand-made production. We aim to modify the sector from a current rigid manual manufacture to an innovative, flexible, automated and high added value production, achieving a considerable shift from resource-dependent to knowledge-based manufacturing.
The main technological aspect to be developed in order to achieve the project objective is the manufacturing methodology related to the sheet metal components of the vehicle. For this, it is planned to use as starting point an emerging manufacturing technology for sheet metal components, Dieless forming, which is based on incremental deformation and rapid manufacturing technologies. Time reductions of up to 60% in product development and 50% in manufacture as well as a 50% increase in capacity are expected.
The SME partners, covering most of Europe's vehicle niche markets will be key to developing applicable knowledge within projects of commercial exploitation in terms of engineering services, together with new developments and the improvement of existing technologies from the RTD work carried out. The IAG partners will be responsible for a wide dissemination at international and multi-sector level.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE RAPID MANUFACTURING
Address
Av. Universitat Autonoma 23
Cerdanyola
Spain

Participants (19)

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE LA INDUSTRIA METAL-MECANICA AINES Y CONEXAS
Spain
Address
Avda Leonardo Da Vinci, 38
Paterna
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE FABRICANTES DE EQUIPOS Y COMPONENTES PARA AUTOMOCION
Spain
Address
Calle Castello, 120
Madrid
CENTRE INTERNACIONAL DE METODES NUMERICS EN ENGINYERIA
Spain
Address
Edifici C1, Campus Nord Upc, C/ Gran Capita S/n
Barcelona
CENTRE TECHNIQUE DES INDUSTRIES MECANIQUES
France
Address
Av Félix Louat, 52
Senlis
ECOROLL AG WERKZEUGTECHNIK
Germany
Address
Hans-heinrich Warnke Strasse 8
Celle
EDAETECH ENGENHARIA E TECNOLOGIA, S.A.
Portugal
Address
Zona Industrial De Fao
Esposende
FORMTECH GMBH
Germany
Address
Mittelwendung 35
Weyhe
FORSCHUNGSVEREINIGUNG STAHLANWENDUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Sohnstrasse 65
Dusseldorf
FUNDACIO ASCAMM
Spain
Address
Parc Tecnologic Del Valles, Avenida Universitat Autonoma 23
Cerdanyola Del Valles
GAUGE & TOOLMAKDERS ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
3 Forge House, Summerleys Road, Princes Risborough Princes Risborough,
Bucks
INDUSTRIAS PUIGJANER S.A.
Spain
Address
Pintor Vila Cinca, 30
Polinya
INSTITUT FÜR BILDSAME FORMGEBUNG, RHEINISCH- WESTFÄLISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Intzestrasse 10
Aachen
INSTITUT SUPERIEUR D'INGENIERIE DE LA CONCEPTION
France
Address
27 Rue D'hellieule
St Die Des Vosges
KAROSSERIEBAU HUBERT DRESCHER
Germany
Address
Erlenbruck 11
Hinterzarten
LANDRA S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Rivera, 160
Almese
PLANCHISTERIA BERGADANA S.L
Spain
Address
Bonavista S/n
Gironella
QUANTECH ATZ, S.A
Spain
Address
Edificio Nexus, Gran Capitan 2-4
Barcelona
RAZVOJNI CENTER ORODJARSTVA SLOVENIJE
Slovenia
Address
Kidriceva 25
Celje
SOCIETE D'ETUDE ET REALISATION AUTOMOBILE- SCOP- S.A
France
Address
10 Avenue Du Quebec, Za De Courtaboeuf
Courtaboeuf Cedex