MAINGAP European Project kick-off meeting

Reunión lanzamiento primeras actividades del Proyecto Europeo MAINGAP The MAINGAP project, “Innovative Manufacturing in the Galicia-North Portugal Euroregion”, is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 Programme. The main objective of this project is to accelerate the implementation of cutting-edge technological solutions that respond to the great challenges of moving towards Industry 4.0 in the Euroregion, taking as a starting point the Automotive and the Aeronautical sectors, but with a multi-sector approach.

CTAG coordinates this project of transfer and valorisation of 4.0 technologies to innovative SMEs of the Euroregion, in collaboration with the Agencia Gallega de Innovación – CIS Tecnoloxía de Deseño (Galician Innovation Agency – Centre for Innovation and Services of Technology and Design), the Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento, CEIIA (Centre of Engineering and Development) and the University of Minho.

During the meeting held today at CTAG, the partners involved announced the progress of the developments of the nine technological solutions that will be carried out in the project, which by applying the principles of Factory 4.0 aim to improve the efficiency and competitiveness of companies. The solutions will be validated through demonstrators with innovative companies in the Euroregion and cover key technologies such as augmented and virtual reality, additive manufacturing, digital manufacturing, flexible production systems, exoskeletons and collaborative robotics.

In order to inform the companies in the Euroregion and other interested agents about the project, an open event will be held in the coming months, in which the technological developments will be presented and the way the companies will participate will be explained.

Interreg España - Portugar - Feder

The largest international symposium on wearable robotics will be held in Vigo in 2020 with the collaboration of CTAG

In recent years, wearable robotics has emerged as a new topic of interest, closely related to physical assistance, exoskeletons, and soft robotics.

CTAG has been really involved in this field since its inception, developing projects related to the industry and the manufacturing processes for health prevention and ergonomics. The Centre has experience in projects for the automotive and naval sectors and participates in European initiatives such as EUROBENCH or COVR. Therefore, CTAG collaborates in the organization of the 5th International Symposium on Wearable Robotics, WeRob 2020, which will be held in Vigo, Spain, from October 13 to 16, 2020. The Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC, Spanish National Research Council) and the Shirley Ryan Abilitylab also participate in the organization of the event.

WeRob will be held in parallel with the ICNR (International Conference on Neurorehabilitation), which will bring together researchers, experts, manufacturers and end users to present the latest scientific and technological advances related to robotics and neuroscience, as well as their application in the medical and industrial fields.

In addition to scientific presentations by international experts, WeRob and ICNR will be accompanied by industrial demonstrations and an exhibition area, among other activities.

For more information about each congress please visit:

WeRob2020 www.2020.werob.org/

ICNR2020 www.icnr2020.org

You may also download the event flyer

 

CTAG obtains promising results in the CO-GUIDING project

COVR projectCTAG has achieved the first milestone within the CO-GUIDING project. This project has been funded by COVR (H2020, GA No. 779966) in its first open call to perform a risk analysis in the automotive use case called “Safety in Collaborative Assisted Guiding of Automotive Door Assembly System [CDAS]”. It is an operation in which the robot takes care of the weight and accuracy of the door assembly, while the operator handles the complex trajectories and the finished quality.

CTAG has proposed a safety evaluation criterion that can help to validate the safety requirements (in three parameters: force and power, load and movement speed) with the specifications of the proposed use case. The tests have focused on three main factors: the safety of the operator, that of the process and, finally, the verification of the work environment safety to perform the task.

CTAG will continue to develop this project throughout 2020, when the final results will be published. The key objective is the rigorous test (similar to real manufacturing) to validate safety requirements and technical specifications (operator strength, speed and range of movement, work space and trajectories of the robot process).

For more information about the various R&D projects in which CTAG participates please visit https://ctag.com/proyectos/

For more information about COVR please visit https://safearoundrobots.com/

 

MAINGAP Project

CTAG coordinates the MAINGAP project: “Innovative Manufacturing in the Galicia-North Portugal Euroregion” (0555_MAINGAP_1_E). The main objective of this project is to accelerate the implementation of cutting-edge technological solutions that respond to the great challenges of moving towards Industry 4.0 in the Euroregion.

MAINGAP takes as its starting point the Automotive Sector and the Aeronautical Sector, and will favour sectoral and technological hybridisation. For this purpose, a working group specialised in the surveillance of 4.0 technologies will be established, innovation projects with a multisectoral approach and demonstrative character will be developed, and pilot experiences will be carried out in companies of the Euroregion to promote the incorporation of these technologies and improve the competitiveness of the business sector.

CTAG leads this project of transfer and valorisation of 4.0 technologies to innovative SMEs of the Euroregion, in collaboration with the la Agencia Gallega de Innovación – CIS Tecnoloxía de Deseño (Galician Innovation Agency – Centre for Innovation and Services of Technology and Design), the Centro de Engenharia e Desenvolvimento, CEIIA (Centre of Engineering and Development) and the University of Minho.

The project is developed from February 2019 to December 2021, the total cost of the project is € 1.29M and is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 Programme.

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Gamelsa pone en marcha el proyecto CLAUDIIA para incorporarse a la Industria 4.0

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  • Cuenta con el apoyo del programa Fábrica Intelixente de la Xunta de Galicia, y prevé una inversión de 3,87 millones de euros hasta 2022.
  • La iniciativa, en la que también participan Arantia, Gainsa y CTAG, ha sido presentada en la sede de la empresa, perteneciente a Televés Corporación.
CLAUDIIA

Implementar el modelo de Industria 4.0 para flexibilizar los procesos productivos, ganar competitividad y ofrecer productos y soluciones personalizadas, ajustadas a las necesidades de los clientes, son los principales objetivos de CLAUDIIA (Collaborative Layer for Automation and Development of Industrial Innovative Approache). Esta iniciativa de I+D, que cuenta con el apoyo financiero del programa Fábrica Intelixente de la Consellería de Economía, Empleo e Industria de la Xunta de Galicia, ha sido presentado hoy en la sede de Gamelsa.

Junto a esta firma, que lidera el proyecto, toman parte en la iniciativa otras dos empresas de Televés  Corporación, Arantia y Gainsa, y el Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG).

CLAUDIIA prevé la implementación de tecnologías digitales avanzadas, como IoT, Big Data, diseño computacional, robótica colaborativa, vehículos de guiado autónomo (AGV) o la construcción de gemelos digitales, a fin de optimizar las capacidades productivas de las firmas participantes en el proyecto. Supondrá una inversión de 3,87 millones de euros hasta 2022 y tendrá una repercusión positiva en la creación de puestos de trabajo de alta cualificación.

Logotipos de CTAG, Gamelsa, ARANTIA y Gainsa

Vehículos autónomos y gemelos digitales

En un entorno industrial caracterizado por productos con numerosas variantes y tiradas cortas, CLAUDIIA permitirá a Gamelsa digitalizar procesos y poner en marcha el concepto de fabricación avanzada, lo que le ayudará a obtener un mejor aprovechamiento de los recursos. Le facilitará, asimismo, el desarrollo y lanzamiento al mercado de productos con mayor grado de personalización, en rápida respuesta a las demandas de los clientes. El objetivo en este sentido es lograr una fabricación hiperflexible.

Por su lado, la construcción de gemelos digitales, una tecnología llamada a transformar el modo  que tenemos de entender las fábricas, permitirá la detección temprana de problemas en la producción y en los flujos que la constituyen. Estos modelos tienen entre sus principales ventajas la posibilidad de comprobar el impacto que tendrán cambios en los sistemas antes de materializarlos.

Con CLAUDIIA, Gamelsa prevé dar un salto tecnológico para posicionarse como un referente en el sector de la transformación metálica, adaptando su fábrica y todo su sistema de trabajo a nuevas tendencias alineadas con el modelo Industria 4.0.

El proyecto busca la evolución de los sistemas de producción de forma integral: desde la recepción de la materia  prima hasta la salida del producto personalizado para el cliente, pasando por el diseño. En esta línea, además de la aplicación de soluciones TIC como IoT o Big Data, se prevé un análisis de los antecedentes en las soluciones para procesos productivos que se van a mejorar. Una de las tecnologías clave para flexibilizar la logística de la cadena de producción es la utilización de vehículos de guiado autónomo (UAV en sus siglas en inglés). Otro factor clave que se considera para la mejora de los procesos productivos es la incorporación de sistemas de robótica colaborativa, que permiten la interacción segura y eficiente hombre-robot.

Acerca de Gamelsa
Gamelsa es una compañía integradora de las tecnologías mecánica y electrónica, aplicadas a los procesos de mecanizado de chapa y tubo en todo tipo de materiales metálicos. Cuenta con un potente equipo de ingeniería y maquinaria última generación con la que produce soluciones precisas, con procesos completos que dan respuesta a las necesidades de una amplia tipología de clientes. Gamelsa se fundió en 1984 y forma parte de Televés Corporación. 

Acerca de CTAG
El Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia, es una entidad dedicada al desarrollo, la investigación y la innovación tecnológica en el sector de la Automoción. Su misión es contribuir a la mejora de la competitividad de las empresas de automoción, ofreciendo su apoyo a las industrias del sector en su modernización y adaptación a las nuevas tecnologías. Para ello, cuenta con modernas instalaciones dotadas de la última tecnología y recursos humanos de alto nivel.

 

El proyecto CLAuDiiA ha sido subvencionado por la Axencia Galega de Innovación, en el marco de la convocatoria de “Axudas para o programa Industrias do Futuro 4.0 (tercera convocatoria)” (DOG Nº 28, de 8 de febrero de 2019), dentro de la iniciativa Industrias 4.0 – Captación de inversiones, cofinanciada por la Unión Europea a través del programa operativo FEDER Galicia 2014-2020, código de expediente IN854A 2019/07, y contando con el apoyo de la Consellería de Economía, Emprego e Industria de la Xunta de Galicia.
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CTAG presents its latest innovations in Mindtech

Mindtech 2019CTAG’s expert team will be at booth 199B, where live presentations will be given with the latest developments for exoskeletons and cobots. In addition, CTAG will exhibit at Mindtech 2019 some of its most recent projects in the fields of new materials and autonomous driving.

Mintech 2019 is an international event in which the leading companies in the industrial, metallurgical and metal mechanic sectors and in the related technologies will be present. The event, which takes place in Vigo from September 10th to 12th, aims to become the leading trade fair for the Iberian Polo industrial sector.

For more information about Mindtech 2019 please visit https://mindtechvigo.com/

CTAG will participate in the eQUALS Project

eQUALS

eQUALS is funded by the ESMERA European project and will be led by Ledisson AIT, expert company in the implementation of robotic lines. CTAG is a strategic partner for this project. Its Processes and FOF Department will contribute its experience in the implementation of robotized systems with functionalities applied to cars in motion.

This is a new solution for the automated inspection of vehicles at the paint shop. In the first phase of the project, a Proof of Concept will be carried out to design the robotization of the measurement device and demonstrate its potential in a simulated environment.

The project will be based on two approaches:

  • The application of CTAG’s technology for applications in motion, using different sensors.
  • Application of CTAG’s technology to off-line robotic programming through DELMIA, ROBCAD o process simulation.

Unión EuropeaESMERA is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant agreement No 780265

ESMERA

For more information on the project, visit http://www.esmera-project.eu/welcome/

 

CTAG goes a step further in collaborative systems

CTAG, through the CO-GUIDING Project, will perform the risk assessment implementing ISO12100 and will base the risk estimation on rigorous tests in a simulated (almost real) environment. In addition, it will validate the main safety skills adopted as a risk reduction measure, contributing to a safety protocol and a new test method.

CO-GUIDING is a new technical challenge for CTAG. The goal of CO-GUIDING is to improve safety in the assisted guiding of the collaborative door assembly system (CDAS), while an operator handles the complex trajectories and the quality of the finish and the robot handles the weight and accuracy of the door.

The project, which started on July 15, 2019, will last for nine months and will have the technical assistance of the CEA interactive robotics laboratory.

Unión EuropeaCOVR is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant agreement No 779966

For more information about the project please visit http://safearoundrobots.com/

 

Solidarity event in favour of the Asociación Bicos de Papel

Evento ToolMaker, Asociación Bicos de Papel

CTAG participates today in a solidarity event in favour of the Asociación Bicos de Papel, whose objective is the construction of a park in the pediatric oncology area of the Álvaro Cunqueiro Hospital in Vigo. The event will be held in Pazo Los Escudos from 4:00 p.m.

The event, organized by ToolMaker magazine, consists of two parts, a technical conference and a solidarity dinner. It is focused on Industry 4.0 and brings together speakers and experts from the sector. There is an exhibition area in which prominent local companies will show their innovations and technologies in fields such as automation or industrial robotics. CTAG will be represented by the experts in exoskeletons of the Processes and Materials Division, who will show the attendees their latest advances in this field.

You can check the complete programme at https://unparqueparabicosdepapel.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Programa_Jornada_Bicos_30-mayo.pdf

 

CTAG present at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2019)

European Robotics Forum 2019

CTAG present at the European Robotics Forum (ERF2019)

Representatives of CTAG visit Bucharest these days to participate in the European Robotics Forum. This is the most influential meeting of the robotic community in Europe, which brings together researchers, engineers, entrepreneurs and other professionals in the sector to discuss current issues in European robotics. Specialists from more than 40 countries attend this year’s edition, with a special focus on innovation strategies and on the future impact of robotics in the world.

The industrial exoskeleton is one of the research areas in the Factory of the Future and Industry 4.0 at CTAG, where tests with diverse prototypes are carried out with the objective of improving the conditions of the worker in industrial plants.

The process can be divided into four phases: solution identification, laboratory validation, pilot testing and in-line testing. CTAG has implemented this test process in assembly plants for four exoskeletons, with different applications for the back, shoulder and hand. One of these projects has recently been awarded, together with Groupe PSA, recognising the work of both organisations in the development and implementation of a methodology that allows the validation of exoskeletons as support systems for industrial production line workers.

The event is held on March 20, 21 and 22 in Bucharest (Romania).

For more information about ERF2019 please visit https://www.eu-robotics.net/robotics_forum/

Proxecto cofinanciado polo IGAPE, Xunta de Galicia e o Fondo Europeo de Desenvolvemento Rexional do programa operativo 2014-2020.