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:
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).
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.