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Enabling X-ray CT based Industry 4.0 process chains by training Next Generation research experts

Objective

First-time-right and zero-defect manufacturing of customized lot-size-one products are essential elements of the Industry 4.0 paradigm shift to reinforce Europe’s global leadership in manufacturing. X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) metrology has a key role to play in this transition, since it is the only known technology that can certify non-destructively the quality of internal complex structures, such as those produced by additive manufacturing or found in assemblies.
However, CT largely remains an off-line technology, due to the unsolved trade-off between scan speed and scan quality, and the need for extensive expert user input. xCTing will therefore focus on significantly increasing autonomy, robustness and speed in CT metrology in order to support its transition towards a fully in-line quality assurance technology as required in Industry 4.0 environments. Meeting these challenges requires the integration of a broad range of interdisciplinary expertise, including physics, manufacturing, dimensional metrology, machine learning, as well as efficient and reliable big data analytics and visualization.
In order to achieve the envisaged innovation breakthrough in the European industry, Europe is in dire need of young innovators who can combine this variety of competences with entrepreneurial skills. The xCTing project is a pan-European industrial-academic initiative committed to provide the unique and encompassing training environment required to foster this new generation of innovation-minded research engineers, that will act as catalysts in the further transformation of Europe’s manufacturing industry towards global technological leadership. The overall aim of the xCTing project is to train 15 young and promising researchers (ESRs) that will take the lead in conceiving the next generation of European Industry 4.0-ready CT technology. The xCTing consortium consists of 9 beneficiaries and 6 partner organisations.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/manufacturing engineering/additive manufacturing
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/big data
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/data science/data analysis

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 768 960

Participants (9)

FH OO FORSCHUNGS & ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 528 414,48
Address
Roseggerstrasse 15
4600 Wels
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 522 999,36
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Templergraben 55
52062 Aachen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING NEDERLANDSE WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK INSTITUTEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 531 239,76
Address
Winthontlaan 2
3526 KV Utrecht
Activity type
Research Organisations
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Activity type
Research Organisations
MATERIALISE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Technologielaan 15
3001 Heverlee
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BAKER HUGHES DIGITAL SOLUTIONS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Robert Bosch Strasse 3
50354 Hurth
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
VOLUME GRAPHICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Wieblinger Weg 92A
69123 Heidelberg
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments