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Advanced flexible automation cell

Advanced flexible automation cell

Objective

Truly flexible automation of -low volume, -high value per part components, -managing quality assurance aspect throughout the value chain is a key research area for the manufacturing and production community in Europe. The FLEXA project has identified key elements for delivering advancement in this area. The key areas of research will be; cell design solutions in line with product design decisions; fusion of knowledge generated in manufacturing through a rigorous data management structure; virtual manufacturing and automated off line preparation including quality assurance; human-machine interaction and restart capabilities. The FLEXA object will be: To create the tools, methods and technologies needed to define, prepare and validate an automated flexible cell that can manufacture a generic process chain allowing for safe human interaction and deliver quality assured parts for the European aero space industry. Meeting this objective will be a major challenge for the consortium members. All members are committed to contribute with dedicated, competent and skilled people. The project proposes to significantly contribute to the long term objectives for European aero industry, i.e. to deliver technology readiness by 2020 towards the following three subjects: Reduce aircraft development costs by 50%, Create a competitive supply chain able to halve time to market, Reduce travel charges FLEXA is delivering: - Knowledge based manufacturing through reuse of manufacturing information; -10% reduced engine development time; -5% lower engine development cost. : -20% decrease in manufacturing preparation lead time; -50% fewer prototypes in manufacturing preparation phases; -15% less scrap during component development; -Virtual tools for prediction and preparation of manufacturing. : -30% lower product cost; -2 times increased production rate with same process equipment; -25% less scrap during component manufacturing.
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Coordinator

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Address

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46181 Trollhaettan

Sweden

Activity type

Other

EU Contribution

€ 648 000

Administrative Contact

Per Nylén

Participants (16)

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HOGSKOLAN VAST

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 495 499

CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 442 625

AVIO SPA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 446 700

HERMES REPLY S.R.L.

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 307 200

MTU AERO ENGINES GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 279 000

BCT STEUERUNGS UND DV-SYSTEME GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 576 250

SKYTEK LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 277 750

ROLLS-ROYCE PLC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 282 500

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 263 251

PRATT & WHITNEY RZESZOW SPOLKA AKCYJNA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 180 000

UNIVERSITA DI PISA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 193 360

ZENON S.A. ROBOTICS AND INFORMATICS

Greece

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 304 239

XENON EFARMOGES YPSILIS TECHNOLOGIAS ANONYMI ETAIREIA

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 204 254,01

CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 187 832

MILTECH HELLAS BIOMICHANIA EMPORIOANTIPROSOPEIES ILEKTRONIKON OPTIKON KAI MICHANOLOGIKON EIDON AE

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 286 223,99

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 213734

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2008

  • End date

    30 November 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 8 214 675,35

  • EU contribution

    € 5 374 684

Coordinated by:

GKN AEROSPACE SWEDEN AB

Sweden