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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.  


Airbus Operations

Airbus Operations

Further Information :

Organizational Activities

Airbus is major industrial company within the EADS group, and a World leader in the design, manufacture and support of commercial aircraft. Renowned for product and technological innovation, Airbus today provides a comprehensive family of products spanning the range from 100 seat single aisle aircraft to the largest commercial aircraft in operation today, the A380. In particular, AIRBUS has started the production of the new A350’s weight-efficient airframe which is made from advanced materials that combine composites (53%), titanium and advanced aluminium alloys. The innovative carbon fibre reinforced plastic fuselage results in lower fuel burn as well as easier maintenance. The A350 will benefit from a 25 per cent lower fuel burn, 25 per cent lower operating cost, and 25% lower CO2 emissions thanks in particular to the use of composite in the fuselage.  Future generation of aircraft will also include more and more composite parts. The LOCOMACHS is foreseen as a contributor in reducing cost production time manufacturing and assembly of airframe structures which rely heavily on composite parts. Airbus Industries is split into a number of entities based on European Nationality. In the LOCOMACHS programme, three key entities will participate; Airbus Operations GMBH, AI-D (Germany) Airbus Operations SAS, AI-F(France) Airbus Operations Limited, AI-UK (United Kingdom) Each of the national companies has a unique core competence for aircraft structures and systems that enable the full aircraft to be utilised. Within the LOCOMACHS programme, Germany will contribute to the fuselage activities, France will contribute to the non destructive test activities and the UK will contribute to wing activities.

Role in the Project

Each of the entities are leading / contributing to the following activities: AI-D; WP12, AI-F; WP23 AI-UK; WP41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 53

Key skills