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

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723945

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 397 010

  • EU contribution

    € 2 184 565

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom

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.
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Coordinator

TWI LIMITED

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Granta Park Great Abington
Cb21 6al Cambridge

United Kingdom

Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 990 895

Participants (7)

Q-SYS BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 53 935

ULO OPTICS LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 239 050

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 293 125

EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 120 740

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 284 100

DUHLMEYER KONSTRUKTION WERKZEUG- UND FORMENBAU GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 107 625

GRAHAM ENGINEERING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 95 095

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 723945

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 September 2016

  • End date

    29 February 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 397 010

  • EU contribution

    € 2 184 565

Coordinated by:

TWI LIMITED

United Kingdom