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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.  


Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

Fundacion Tecnalia Research & Innovation

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Organizational Activities

Fundación TECNALIA Research and Innovation (TECNALIA) was born the 1st of January 2011 as the result of the merger between eight research centres: Cidemco, ESI, Euve, Fatronik, Inasmet, Labein, Leia and Robotiker. TECNALIA is the first applied research centre in Spain and one of the most important in Europe with around 1.500 staff, 122 million Euro turnover and over 4.000 clients.
Its aim is to turn technology-based business opportunities into profitable competitive advantages for its customers and associated partners.
Moreover, TECNALIA is is very active in participating the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) having already 150 funded projects, 31 of them coordinated.
TECNALIA is organised in 7 Business Divisions: Energy & Environment, Industry & Transport, ICT-European Software Institute, Health, Innovation Strategies, Technological Services, Sustainable Construction.
The Industry & Transport Division is divided in 10 technological areas: Advanced materials and systems; Composite structures and components; Metallic structures and components; Foundry and advanced metallic materials; Steelmaking; Manufacturing processes; Electric/Electronics systems; Robotic; Instrumentation, optimization and intelligent maintenance; Mechatronic, actuation systems and testing.
A multidisciplinary team, from three different technological areas will work in Locomachs, with expertise in design & simulation of complex automated systems, special kinematics mechanisms, robots and end effectors, customized control systems to automate mechatronic and robotic production and assembly means, solutions for intelligent monitoring, diagnosis, optimization & failure prediction,  optimization of advanced manufacturing techniques for the processing of materials (e.g. Machining).

Role in the Project

Within LOCOMACHS TECNALIA is participating in WP31 in the design of an end effector for automating AM shimming process, WP32 with leadership and development of an end effector for one shot drilling, and optimization and monitoring of drilling operation, WP33 through the development of technologies for collaborative robotics, WP34 in the development of technologies to increase the precision of robots for high precision positioning of parts, WP35 (integration of automated assembly solutions in the floating production) and WP45 (defining methodology and delivering assembly solution).

Key skills

Design & simulation, automation, machines, kinematics mechanisms, robots, end effectors, control systems, intelligent monitoring, diagnosis, optimization & failure prediction, advanced manufacturing processes (Machining, Incremental Sheet Forming, Abrasive Water Jet, Welding, etc.).