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An innovative manufacture process concept for a flexible and cost effective production of the vehicle body in white: Profile forming

Objective

European Automotive industry constitutes one of the largest and dominant industries worldwide. In order to preserve its competitiveness and to give response to the rising legislative, political, social and market demands, the car makers are forced to: - Reduce manufacturing production cost - Short the product development times - Meet customer demands - Improve fuel economy and reduce pollution Compounding those challenges is an effort to reduce the delivery lead times associated with producing a built to order vehicle.

The key factor to success lies in a cluster strategy that integrates the suppliers in the search and implementation of new solutions. As a consequence the players at the production level are compelled to build up cost effective and flexible processes able to meet customer demands and to short the product cycle. PROFORM is a research project that brings car manufacturers, component, tooling and equipment suppliers together with universities and research institutes for a new engineering and manufacture concept development, based in built to order system for reducing lead time and costs in producing high technology transport components for vehicle bodies

The breakthough concept is based on the integration of three emerging forming technologies (roll forming RF, laser forming LF and electromagnetic forming EMF) in the frame of a simultaneous engineering and production strategy and exploiting the new capabilities in the area of new and multifunctional materials:
- Micro technologies for rolls control to allow the production of complex components by RF - Ultra conductor coils and nano-reinforced resins to increase EMF efficiency
- Coating/film/laminate steel to allow the production of multifunctional steel complex shape by EMF

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Coordinator

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Address

Parque TecnolÓGico De Bizkaia, C/ Geldo, Edificio 700
Derio

Spain

Administrative Contact

Maria Angeles GUTIÉRREZ (Dr)

Participants (23)

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EXIMET TRAFO SPOL. S R.O.

Czechia

INGEMAT S.A.

Spain

AXYAL S.A.

France

NUMALLIANCE SAS

France

ACTARUS SAS

France

TRATTAMENTI TERMICI FERIOLI & GIANOTTI SPA

Italy

JAN RENE FILZEK

Germany

ONAPRES S. COOP.

Spain

LMB AUTOMATION GMBH

Germany

APLICACION NUEVAS TECNOLOGIAS ANTEC, S.A.

Spain

FUNDACION INASMET

Spain

MONDRAGON GOI ESKOLA POLITEKNIKOA J.M.A. S. COOP.

Spain

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DARMSTADT

Germany

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT S.C.P.A.

Italy

CIRTES SRC SA

France

LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V.

Germany

GESTAMP POLSKA SP Z O.O

Poland

DAIMLER AG

Germany

DURA AUTOMOTIVE PLETTENBERG BODY UND GLASS SYSTEM GMBH

Germany

DATA M SOFTWARE GMBH

Germany

GASPARINI S.P.A.

Italy

PROFILMETALL GMBH

Germany

FUNDACION ROBOTIKER

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 26706

  • Start date

    1 November 2006

  • End date

    31 October 2010

Funded under:

FP6-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 10 431 044

  • EU contribution

    € 5 993 000

Coordinated by:

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain