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.More
This project is co-funded by the European Union
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:
Linköping University is a research-based university with excellence in education. LiU is a multi-faculty university and one of the most important in Sweden. Since the start in the late 60’s, LiU has been an innovator, creating new degree programmes and new ways to tackle research problems. Innovation has become our tradition. Furthermore, LiU have always had strong dialogue with the surrounding business sphere and the community at large, both in terms of research and education. Within LOCOMACHS the unit Production Engineering is involved, where all research is done in cooperation with industry, mainly Aerospace and Automotive.
Production Engineering's main research areas of relevance to LOCOMACHS are 1: Manufacturing Equipment / Reconfigurable Tooling / Flexible Automation / Industrial robotics (including development, modelling, simulation, programming, physical implementation and realization). 2: Manufacturing system design, operation and evaluation. 3: To some extent Design for manufacturing. In LOCOMACHS LiU is leading WP33 and contributing to WPs 34, 45 and 53. Participation in national research founded projects of relevance for these WP’s are ProFlexA - Productive Flexible Automation focuses on sensor integration for flexible manufacturing, InRoB - Robot based in-line measurement for geometry verification of car bodies. FACECAR - Flexible Assembly for Considerable Environmental improvements of CAR´s, HÅPLA – Sustainable recycling of flat panel displays, Autodisa - Automated dismantling of flat panel displays. Previous projects of relevance: Coordination-controlled fixation – KooFix - Project focused on Flexible fixturing for mainly aircraft manufacturing. MRC Nottingham - Project outcome was an automated flexible fixturing device and force controlled assembly of aircraft rib, Flexible automation with precision - FlexAA, Factory-in-a-Box - Mobile Production Capacity on Demand,