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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.  


The Manufacturing Technology Centre

The Manufacturing Technology Centre

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Organizational Activities

The world class Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) represents one of the largest public sector investments in UK manufacturing for decades. The Centre is housed in a 120,000 square foot purpose built facility in West Midlands and represents a unique collaboration between four of the leading universities and technology organisations in the UK: the University of Birmingham, University of Nottingham, Loughborough University and TWI Ltd. Industrial members of the MTC include Aero Engine Controls, Airbus, Delfoi, Gudel, Hewlett-Packard, MTI, and Rolls-Royce. MTC specialises in a range of manufacturing processes that are particularly valuable to the high value manufacturing sector: net shape manufacturing; intelligent automation; advanced tooling and fixturing; high integrity electronics manufacturing; computerised engineering (modelling and simulation) and high integrity fabrication (HIF).

Role in the Project

In LOCOMACHS the MTC is participating in WP32 in the design of processes & process tools and feasibility trials of concepts, WP34 through technology integration and validation tests, WP45 with leadership and execution of assembly processes and WP52 Dissemination. The MTC’s unique resources can make a significant contribution to these work packages.

Key skills