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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.  


BCT Steuerungs- und DV-Système

BCT Steuerungs- und DV-Système

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Organizational Activities

BCT GmbH was founded in 1986. The Centre for Production Technology provides an optimal high-tech environment for BCT. A team of highly qualified engineers, computer specialists, mathematicians and application experts are responsible for R & D, service, training and consulting at BCT. BCT is an SME company and specialises in adaptive machining technologies for repair and manufacturing of high-valued parts as well as productive reverse engineering technologies and in-process-measuring solutions for high-end workshop applications. BCT has many years of experience in this area and cooperates closely with end users as well as with manufacturers of machinery, control equipment, sensors and CAD/CAM systems. The core know-how of BCT is in the automated, high-throughput, single-batch/small-series additive/subtractive rapid-processing of individually shaped parts. BCT has an excellent reputation in critical and sensitive industries such as medical, aerospace and power generation. In recent years, BCT has been involved in several national and EU research projects. BCT was the coordinator of the concluded project AROSATEC and participated in the project FANTASIA. Currently, BCT is partner in the FP7 projects FLEXA, IMPALA, MERLIN and SignaStir.

Role in the Project

BCT will be involved mainly in WP23 to develop adaptive machining capabilities for low cost manufacturing and in WP31 to provide in-process scanning technology and adaptive processing solution for low cost assembly.  BCT will also contribute to demonstration of scanning and data processing developments in production environment within WP44.

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