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Evolvable Ultra-Precision Assembly Systems

Objective

Notwithstanding recent technological advances, the social and economic situation for assembly-intensive companies in Europe is in serious decline (European outsourcing of assembly at 21% in 2000, predicted over 40% by 2007). The alarming issue behind such forecasts are, among others, the long-term consequences of outsourcing assembly to non-European countries, in spite of the fact that entire industries have already been lost through such practices. Strategically speaking, new technologies such as micro pro ducts, and their production systems, could be exploited to turn these threats into opportunities, which has happened outside Europe. To date, no comparable measures have been taken in Europe. Industrialists and some academic partners of the Assembly-Net Th ematic Network, propose such an initiative as an Integrated Project titled EUPASS. The EUPASS project aims to develop affordable, cost effective and sustainable ultra-precision manufacturing solutions by offering rapidly deployable ultra-precision assembly services on demand. This will be achieved by developing and delivering a number of breakthrough technologies and solutions including: - European wide pilot infrastructure of depots of micro-assembly modules and integration software, enabling rapid configu ration and deployment of flexible precision assembly systems with minimum investment cost. - Next generation ultra-precision enabling technologies, including modular high-precision manipulators, grippers and feeders. - Novel micro joining techniques includ ing micro-mechanical joints, nano-dispensing, and laser welding. - Robust and legacy-compliant knowledge driven methodology, cost models and software tools to support the offering of rapidly deployable ultra-precision assembly services with low investment cost, high capacity utilisation and improved equipment reusability - New standards for seamless integration of precision assembly modules and control systems using open architecture approach.

Call for proposal

FP6-2002-IST-NMP-1
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Coordinator

KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN
Address
Valhallav 79
Stockholm
Sweden

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Participants (19)

IMA AUTOMATION AARBERG AG
Switzerland
Address
Alte Lyss-strasse 2
Aarberg

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FACHHOCHSCHULE NORDWESTSCHWEIZ SOLOTHURN, UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES
Switzerland
Address
Riggenbachstrasse 16
Olten

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TAMPERE UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Finland
Address
Korkeakoulunkatu 10
527 Tampere

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ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
Address
Robert-bosch Platz 1; 70839 Gerlingen-schillerhöhe
106050 Stuttgart

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FESTO AG & CO. KG
Germany
Address
Ruiter Str. 82
Esslingen

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IEF WERNER GMBH
Germany
Address
Wendelhofstrasse 6
Furtwangen

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FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM KARLSRUHE GMBH
Germany
Address
Weberstr. 5
Karlsruhe

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BECKHOFF AUTOMATION GMBH
Germany
Address
Eiserstr. 5
1142 Verl

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ELECTROLUX HOME PRODUCTS ITALY SPA
Italy
Address
Corso Lino Zanussi, 30
Pordenone (Pn)

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MASMEC S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Dei Gigli, 21
Modugno (Bari)

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CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE - INSTITUTE DI TECNOLOGIE INDUSTRIALI ED AUTOMAZIONE
Italy
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
Roma

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PHILIPS ELECTRONICS NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Boschdijk 525
90050 Eindhoven

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TQC LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Hooton Street
Nottingham

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THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
Address
University Park
Nottingham

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UNINOVA-INSTITUTO DE DESENVOLVIMENTO DE NOVAS TECNOLOGIAS
Portugal
Address
Campus Da Fct-unl- Quinta Da Torre
Monte Da Caparica

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FLEXLINK AB
Sweden
Address
Kullagergatan 50
Gothenburg

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ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE LAUSANNE
Switzerland
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Lausanne

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FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27c
München

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UNIVERSITÉ DE FRANCHE-COMTÉ
France
Address
1, Rue Claude Goudimel
Besançon

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