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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.  


Israel Aerospace Industries

Israel Aerospace Industries

Further Information :

Organizational Activities

IAI is Israel's main aerospace corporation, with a more than 30 year history of the application of composite materials in the company's products. It is a public company with about 17,000 employees, and over 2 billion Euros of annual sales. A few of the many projects currently in progress at IAI are: design, integration and manufacturing of a family of business jets, conversion of Boeing aircraft from passenger to cargo configuration, design, test and manufacture of various spacecraft and jet engine nacelles, military aircraft update programs, development and manufacturing of unmanned airborne vehicles (UAV's) for military and civil applications and subcontracting for most of the major world aerospace companies. The innovation process is one of the cornerstones of Israel Airspace Industries. The IAI Engineering Division is involved in over 70 innovative R&D projects encompassing a wide range of subjects. Some examples include: Materials and Processes, Smart Structures, Intelligent Control, Structural Integrity, Parallel Processing and MEMS. IAI is also a partner in about 50 EU R&D programs, within the 5th, 6th and 7th Frameworks, including the Growth Technology Platform ALCAS, MAAXIMUS and JTI.

Role in the Project

In LOCOMACH IAI will contribute to WPs 13, 21, 23, 33, 41, 44 and 45, including the manufacturing of a wing box component which will serve as one of the project demonstrators.

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