Although the use of industrial robotics in the automotive industry is mainstream, there are still parts of the production process which need human intervention, especially in manipulating fragile parts or while assembling components which demand increased dexterity. These manual tasks increase the production time and reduce the flexibility of the production line and the quality of the end product. TRAINMAN-MAGOS aims to deal with this challenge by providing a novel, agile and flexible solution.
CTAG, together with the Greek company Quanta and Qualia, will develop an innovative solution that will make it possible to optimize the robotic programming of complex trajectories carried out by the hand of the operator. It will also improve ergonomics by eliminating operations with high muscle loads due to complex movements.
TRINITY is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant agreement No 825196
For more information on the project, visit https://trinityrobotics.eu/
The two leading technology centres in Spain have reached an agreement to offer their joint expertise and face the challenges of advanced manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and robotics in the mobility sector. These are the Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG) and the research and technological development centre TECNALIA, which have sealed their collaboration with the virtually formalised signature of an agreement between Óscar Fernández Besteiro, president of CTAG, and Emiliano López Atxurra, president of TECNALIA.
The objective of the collaboration in which more than 1,500 researchers from both centres will work together, is to propose comprehensive services to complement the offer and capacities of the companies in the sector. To do so, CTAG and TECNALIA will offer companies new solutions and results through R&D and Innovation projects in the fields of mobility and advanced manufacturing, as well as activities that foster the creation of new technology-based companies. They will also be able to share the state-of-the-art facilities at each centre and move forward together in the provision of advanced services.
It is worth highlighting the following initiatives: first of all, as a result of the knowledge and experience of both centres in the field of robotics and exoskeletons, new solutions to improve the ergonomic conditions of operators will be developed. Secondly, new developments for the automation of special vehicles in different environments, such as ports, airports and industrial estates will be enhanced. They will also implement a joint strategy for the development of the electric car and its components, among others.
Furthermore, through this collaboration, both organisations will strengthen and increase their talent volume in areas of specialisation, such as the automotive industry, manufacturing or digitalisation, becoming a national and European benchmark in these areas.
For further information please download the press release about the agreement.
After the adoption of new preventive measures, CTAG reopens its doors to resume on-site activities in laboratories and on test track. We will continue to be available for our collaborators and clients, offering the best possible service in these circumstances.
At CTAG we continue to follow the evolution of the situation, adopting the appropriate measures with the aim of resuming the normal activity of the Center as soon as possible. The new preventive measures, without prejudice to the possible extensions that could be determined according to the evolution and the recommendations of the health authorities and of different administrations, are liable to be modified based on the new scenarios that may be determined within the next hours or days.
CTAG will spare no effort to collaborate in this situation and protect the health of its staff, collaborators and clients.
All the divisions of the Center are operational on the premises or working from home, and at your disposal for any question you may have.
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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.
Next Thursday, February 6, AUTOPILOT’s Final Event will be held in Versailles, France, at mobiLAB and PSA Motorsports. The AUTOPILOT project explores and evaluates the contribution of new communication technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things) or V2X (Vehicle to Everything), at the service of autonomous driving. This three-year research project is funded by the Horizon 2020 program (GA 731993) and developed in five European cities, including Vigo, and in a South Korean city. The Spanish part of the consortium is led by CTAG with the collaboration of Groupe PSA and Vigo City Council.
CTAG will provided two demonstrations on the VEDECOM test track of the use cases developed in Vigo with the AUTOPILOT I vehicle: Automated Valet Parking and Urban Driving, (the first tests of autonomous driving in urban environment performed in Spain, presented together with Groupe PSA and Vigo City Council last July).
In addition, Diego Bernárdez, Head of Connectivity and HMI at CTAG, will participate in the closing session of the results presentation.
For more information about the full programme, please visit: https://autopilot-project.eu/wp-content/uploads/sites/16/2020/01/Autopilot-FEB_V04_LR.pdf
For more information about AUTOPILOT please visit: https://autopilot-project.eu/
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:
You may also download the event flyer
CTAG presented the first results of the CRUSOE project within the framework of the C-MobILE TestFest, held from December 2 to 4 at the Centre’s facilities.
CRUSOE, financed under the 2018 call of the CEF Telecom programme managed by INEA, aims to prepare vehicle communications equipment (OBUs and RSUs) and the resilience of communication flows in 5G V2X scenarios. The results of the project will be validated by controlled tests in the SISCOGA cross-border 5G corridor.
The presentation of results, by Carlos Pérez Garrido (Electronics and Intelligent Transport Systems Division) and Jorge Fontenla González (Technological Innovation), aroused great interest among attendees given the central role that cybersecurity will play in the mobility of future.
CTAG 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/
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.