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Autonomous manufacture of large steel fabrications

Objective

European, structural steel fabrication companies have difficulty in responding to the increasingly turbulent, competitive markets into which they sell and to customers who are ever more demanding about the cost, quality and performance of the products that they buy. They are also subject to legislative and employee pressure requiring improved and safer working conditions. Much of their difficulty is associated with the constraints imposed by the inflexible, dedicated equipment and production processes that they currently use. This project is aimed at the development and integration of technologies allowing replacement of the assembly line based approach to welded fabrication with automated, constraints free manufacturing in which the welding process is brought to the part to be fabricated. The proposed system will enable the production of high quality, customised products and will utilise autonomous, mobile robots in place of humans in hazardous areas of the fabrication environment.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CATERPILLAR BELGIUM S.A.
Address
Avenue Des Etats-unis 1
6041 Gosselies
Belgium

Participants (7)

DELFOI OY
Finland
Address
Tietaejaentie 14
02130 Espoo
ESAB AB
Sweden
Address
Herkulesgatan, 72
40277 Goeteborg
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Sandtorstrasse 22
39106 Magdeburg
NUSTEEL STRUCTURES LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Lympne Industrial Park
CT21 4LR Canterbury
REIS GMBH & CO MASCHINENFABRIK
Germany
Address
Industriegebeit An Der B 426
63785 Obernburg
ROBOSOFT SA
France
Address
Technopole D'izarbel
Bidart
TWI LTD (WORLD CENTRE FOR MATERIALS JOINING TECHNOLOGIES)
United Kingdom
Address
Granta Park, Great Abington
CB1 6AL Cambridge