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Development and Pilot Line Validation of a Modular re-configurable Laser Process Head

Objective

State-of-the-art fibre-delivered laser sources are an industrially accepted tool for performing a range of materials processing applications. Despite the unrivalled capability of fibre-delivered laser sources to perform a wide range of processes, the potential flexibility of the laser source is limited by the need to change the processing head for these processes to be performed. The majority of industrial laser systems are employed to perform low-variety and high-volume manufacturing operations. However, current manufacturing trends (such as increased automation, individualisation and next-shoring) are driving the need to develop manufacturing systems which are capable of performing a higher variety of manufacturing operations.

The ModuLase project will develop a re-configurable highly flexible processing head system, which will be capable of covering welding, cladding and cutting. The ModuLase process head system will:
• Be capable of welding, cladding and cutting, through the use of three modular end-effectors
• Include intelligent sensor technologies for in-process monitoring
• Be linked to an intelligent system, in order to achieve adaptive process control, quality assurance, and semi-automated process parameter configuration.
The development and pilot line validation of the ModuLase laser process head will unlock the potential flexibility of fibre-delivered laser sources, and address a number of arising industrial challenges; including:
• An increasing need for flexible manufacturing systems to support an increasing variety of product mixes.
• The need to maximise equipment utilisation rates, by eliminating down-time associated with changing of laser processing heads and equipment stoppages.
• Reducing capital investment costs.

Call for proposal

H2020-IND-CE-2016-17

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Sub call

H2020-FOF-2016

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Net EU contribution
€ 990 895,00
Address
Granta Park Great Abington
CB21 6AL Cambridge
United Kingdom

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Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (7)

Q-SYS BV
Netherlands
Net EU contribution
€ 53 935,00
Address
Grasbeemd 15b
5705 DE Helmond

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Region
Noord-Brabant Zuidoost-Noord-Brabant
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 23 115,00
ULO OPTICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 239 050,00
Address
Unit 2 Caxton Place, Caxton Way
SG1 2UG Stevenage Hertfordshire

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
East of England Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 102 450,00
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 293 125,00
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27a
36410 Porrino

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Region
Galicia Pontevedra
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
Net EU contribution
€ 120 740,00
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Région de Bruxelles-Capitale/ Brussels Hoofdstedelijk Gewest Arr. de Bruxelles-Capitale/Arr. Brussel-Hoofdstad
Activity type
Other
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
Net EU contribution
€ 263 300,00
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano

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Region
Nord-Ovest Piemonte Torino
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
SODECIA SAFETY & MOBILITY PRODUCT COMPETENCE CENTER GMBH
Germany
Net EU contribution
€ 107 625,00
Address
Schulze-delitzsch Strasse 23
30938 Burgwedel

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Region
Niedersachsen Hannover Region Hannover
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 46 125,00
GRAHAM ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 115 895,00
Address
Edward Street Unit 1a Whitewalls Industrial Estate
BB9 8SY Nelson Lancashire

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SME

The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Yes
Region
North West (England) Lancashire East Lancashire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 49 669,29