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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.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/industrial relations/automation
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics/laser physics

Call for proposal

H2020-FOF-2016
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

TWI LIMITED
Address
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
Address
Grasbeemd 15B
5705 DE Helmond
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ULO OPTICS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 239 050
Address
Unit 2 Caxton Place, Caxton Way
SG1 2UG Stevenage Hertfordshire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION METALURGICA DEL NOROESTE
Spain
EU contribution
€ 293 125
Address
Calle Relva Torneiros 27A
36410 Porrino
Activity type
Research Organisations
EUROPEAN FEDERATION FOR WELDING JOINING AND CUTTING
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 120 740
Address
Av Antoon Van Oss 1 4
1120 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT SCPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 263 300
Address
Strada Torino 50
10043 Orbassano
Activity type
Research Organisations
DUHLMEYER KONSTRUKTION WERKZEUG- UND FORMENBAU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 107 625
Address
Schulze-delitzsch Strasse 23
30938 Burgwedel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
GRAHAM ENGINEERING LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 115 895
Address
Edward Street Unit 1A Whitewalls Industrial Estate
BB9 8SY Nelson Lancashire
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)