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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.  




Further Information :

Organizational Activities

Tecnatom S.A. is an engineering company established in 1957. Since then the company’s research activities have allowed it to develop its own technology at the highest level. Tecnatom S.A. co-operates with both nuclear and fossil-fuelled power plants, as well as other large process industries, such as the aeronautical sector. TECNATOM activities include training plant personnel, providing support in resolving operational problems, improving production processes and guaranteeing the structural integrity and capacity of plant installations through inspection, testing and analysis. The company’s main lines of research and development include the following research areas: 1. Inspection and maintenance systems: automatic signal evaluation automatic control and mechanised or robot systems. Risk-based in-service inspection programme. 2. Calibration, measurement and testing laboratory 3. Plant Operation Support. 4. Training Centres: Advanced simulation models, interactive graphics simulator and operations work and task analysis to improve personnel training 5. Developing, Manufacturing and Delivery of Equipment & Systems.

Role in the Project

Within LOCOMACHS TECNATOM will participate in WP23 and WP44, with focus on the research and development of Laser Ultrasonics for automated inspection of composite parts with complex geometries. New technologies developed will help increase TRL of Laser Ultrasonics applied to composite inspection. These technologies include complex shape recognition, automatic path calculation, simultaneous multi-part inspection, or automatic part manipulation. The technological advances will push forward the development of automatic inspection processes of composite parts.

Key skills

Non-Destructive Inspection, Laser Ultrasonics