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LOCOMACHS featured in Clean Sky's Skyline magazine

Maria Weiland was invited to present LOCOMACHS in the March edition 2016 (n°18) of Clean Sky's Skyline magazine. The article can be found on page 9.


Variation Simulation During Assembly of Non-rigid Components. Realistic Assembly Simulation with ANATOLEFLEX Software
14th CIRP CAT 2016 - CIRP Conference on Computer Aided Tolerancing


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The LOCOMACHS project aims to develop and demonstrate the feasibility of new part production manufacturing and assembly operations of composite and hybrid aero-structures parts. To achieve the ambitious LOCOMACHS objectives, it is necessary to gather expertise in a wide range of skills, and, in order to reach the highest possible impact, the main stakeholders in the field.

The LOCOMACHS Consortium has been drawn up in this spirit and gathers 30 partners covering the full range of the value chain, from early design and development (process, method, software and hardware tools providers), to skills and facilities needed for manufacturing and assembly. Such a coherent set of competencies would be very difficult to find at national level with the same level of expertise in all fields.

The consortium include:

  • Prime OEM aircraft manufacturers, as well as several tier-one and tier-two suppliers to European and overseas prime OEM aircraft manufacturers.
  • Research institutes like Airbus Group Innovations, DLR and NLR, that will provide state of the art knowledge within composite material and manufacturing. Other institutes like the MTC and TECNALIA will contribute with research skills and hardware for demonstrations within the area of assembly automation.
  • SME companies like Prodtex and SONAXIS have unique competences within assembly tooling and NDI/NDT respectively.
  • Universities from several European countries, each of them internationally recognized for the quality of their scientific work,  like ENS Cachan and CTH, who possess the most advanced computer aided systems and skills for geometrical variation management.  


Organizational Activities

Airbus Group is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. The Group includes Airbus, the leading manufacturer of commercial and tanker, transport and mission aircrafts; Airbus Helicopters, the world's largest helicopter supplier and Airbus Defence and Space, the European leader in space programmes. Airbus Group Innovations is the research & technology production facility of Airbus Group, with sites in France, Germany, China, Russia, Spain, Singapore, UK and a workforce of more than 700. Consistent with the Airbus Group research & technology strategy and covering technology fields of critical importance to the Airbus Group, Airbus Group Innovations is organized in seven trans-national Technical Capability Centres: Composites Technologies - Metallic Technologies & Surface Engineering - Structures Engineering, Production & Aeromechanics - Sensors, Electronics and Systems Integration – Engineering, Physics, IT, Security Services & Simulation – Energy & Propulsion - Innovative Concepts & Scenarios, of which the first three are involved in the presented programme. Airbus Group Innovations is an operational and strategic entity for the creation of added value by technology innovation. The German part of Airbus Group Innovations in Ottobrunn, near Munich and in Hamburg employs a permanent staff of 220 people, 70 % of which are senior scientists. It is legally an organisational unit within Airbus Group Deutschland GmbH, the German subsidiary of Airbus Group N.V. The French part of Airbus Group Innovations in Suresnes, near Paris, Toulouse, and Nantes employs a permanent staff of approximately 300 people, 70 % of which are senior scientists. It is legally an organisational unit within Airbus Group SAS, the French subsidiary of Airbus Group N.V. The British part of Airbus Group Innovations Ltd in Filton and Newport employs about 40 people. It is legally an organisational unit within Airbus Group Ltd, the British subsidiary of Airbus Group N.V.

Role in the Project

Airbus Group Innovations has participated in a large amount of European research projects, and will bring extensive expertise in computer tolerancing, assembly simulation and processes, composite processes etc. Airbus Group Innovations will lead WP12, WP43 and WP53, and give major contributions in WP21, WP23, WP31, WP32.

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