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Aligning, Holding and Fixing Flexible and Difficult to Handle Components

Aligning, Holding and Fixing Flexible and Difficult to Handle Components

Objective

The prime objective of AFFIX is to create a strong manufacturing sector in Europe, which is both environmentally friendly and competitive. In the new manufacturing paradigm the emphasis is on manufacturing low numbers of high value components. In the aerospace and automotive sectors product differentiation is achieved through the manufacture of cheaper, lighter, greener products.

This is leading to the need to assemble lighter, flexible, complex components manufactured from innovative materials including titanium alloys, composites and metal-composite sandwich materials. Using reduction in lead time and reduced manufacturing cost as business drivers, the AFFIX IP will develop tools, technologies and techniques to align, hold and fix these components using new concepts of assembly systems with high reconfiguration capability.

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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Address

Firth Court, Western Bank
Sheffield

United Kingdom

Administrative Contact

Keith RIDGWAY (Professor)

Participants (18)

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CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A

Italy

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

THE ADVANCED MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

United Kingdom

AVIO S.P.A.

Italy

DIAD SRL

Italy

CE.S.I. CENTRO STUDI INDUSTRIALI DI TADDEI ING. FRANCO E C. SAS

Italy

FUNDACIÓN FATRONIK

Spain

HOEGSKOLAN VAEST (UNIVERSITY WEST)

Sweden

VOLVO AERO CORPORATION AB

Sweden

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

ETN AVIATION GMBH

Germany

POLITECHNIKA WROCLAWSKA (WROCLAW UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY)

Poland

ROLLS-ROYCE DEUTSCHLAND LTD & CO. KG

Germany

METEC INNOVATION CONSULTING SRL

Italy

EUROPEAN AERONAUTIC DEFENCE AND SPACE COMPANY EADS FRANCE

France

ELECTROLUX ITALIA S.P.A.

Italy

FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FÖRDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26670

  • Start date

    1 June 2006

  • End date

    30 November 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 827 757

  • EU contribution

    € 8 000 000

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom