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.

Interreg España - Portugar - Feder

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/

 

CTAG will evaluate the current technology of industrial exoskeletons within the framework of the EUROBENCH project

TestEd, operación con exoesqueletos en el Process Lab 4.0 de CTAGThe EUROBENCH European project will finance TestEd – Benchmark for Benchmarking Industrial Exoskeleton Technology: Testbed and Software routine development for a scenario “Moving in Narrow Space”. This project, led by CTAG’s Processes and FoF Department, proposes the development of a reconfigurable testbed and methodology based on the local and global performance metrics of industrial exoskeletons. We aim to link these metrics with the main stakeholder goals and objectives in order to facilitate seamless and cost-effective implementation of industrial exoskeleton technology.

In short, TestEd aims to reduce the testing time by 30% from the selection phase to the implementation phase of an industrial exoskeleton by designing a testbed and software routines for “Moving in Narrow Spaces”.

Unión Europea“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, via an Open Call issued and executed under Project EUROBENCH (grant agreement No 779963)”

For more information on the project, visit http://eurobench2020.eu/

 

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 awarded together with PSA in the IV Edition of Innovation and Health Awards

Operario 4.0 realizando una operación con un exoesqueleto en las instalaciones Process Lab 4.0 de CTAG

This award recognises 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 Innovation and Health Awards, granted by Mutua Universal, are intended to reward the work of those companies that are highly committed to health promotion and that have carried out innovative projects or actions that represent an improvement in the quality of life and in the health of workers, beyond the compliance with labour risk prevention regulations.

In its fourth edition, one of the Institutional Awards of the Innovation and Health Awards has been given to the collaboration between Groupe PSA and the Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (CTAG). This recognition highlights the work carried out by these organisations in the development and implementation of the methodology that allows the validation of exoskeletons as support systems for industrial production line workers, which contribute to the preservation of their health and wellbeing by making the company a better and safer space.

Groupe PSA has contributed its experience in the online manufacturing process and ergonomic improvements. For their part, the experts in exoskeletons of CTAG’s Processes and Materials Division have analyzed the adequacy and efficiency in the processes, developing an exoskeleton evaluation methodology that allows to determine which complementary physical assistance device adapts to a specific workplace, establishing if such device helps effectively in the task so that, based on the results, its use is recommended or not in a definitive way.

 

Elecnor Deimos estudia con CTAG su implantación en Galicia

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Imagen de la visita de Elecnor Deimos al CTAG. En el centro, Miguel Belló, CEO de Elecnor Deimos y Luis Moreno, Director General de CTAG, junto con directivos de ambas empresas.

El objetivo es el desarrollo de diferentes sistemas altamente innovadores que contribuyan a la seguridad en las operaciones con drones.

El Centro Tecnológico de Automoción de Galicia (CTAG) y la multinacional Elecnor Deimos mantienen conversaciones avanzadas para finalizar el plan de implantación en Galicia que estudia esta compañía especializada en el sector aeroespacial. La última reunión entre los responsables de Elecnor Deimos y CTAG se desarrolló ayer, 11 de septiembre, en la sede de CTAG en Porriño, con objeto de identificar áreas tecnológicas y proyectos de interés común, conforme a sus capacidades y experiencia. Esta reunión consolida la relación entre ambas entidades y el proyecto de Elecnor Deimos en esta Comunidad.

Ambas entidades trabajan conjuntamente en un amplio programa de I+D que han presentado a la Xunta de Galicia, dentro del marco de la UAV Civil Initiative, con objeto de facilitar la integración de los sistemas aéreos no tripulados (drones) en el espacio aéreo no segregado civil, proponiendo el desarrollo de diferentes sistemas altamente innovadores que contribuyan a la seguridad en las operaciones de los drones. El programa propuesto a la Xunta se ha denominado AINE y lo integra un consorcio liderado por Elecnor Deimos que, además de CTAG, incluye entre otros participantes como un proveedor de comunicaciones de primer nivel, entidades y empresas gallegas como AtlanTTic (Universidad de Vigo) y la empresa Scio.

La reunión en la sede de CTAG estuvo dirigida por Luis Moreno, Director General de CTAG, y Miguel Belló, CEO de Elecnor Deimos. Durante la reunión se profundizó en el conocimiento de las actividades de los laboratorios de electrónica, acústica y vibraciones, seguridad pasiva, materiales y automatización, entre otros, para después analizar e identificar las áreas de interés concreto en diferentes campos: sistemas embarcados y críticos, sistemas de localización GNSS y visión artificial, entre otros, con aplicaciones en los sectores de automoción y aeroespacial.

Sobre CTAG

CTAG es una entidad creada para ofrecer soluciones tecnológicas avanzadas al sector del automóvil, apoyando a las industrias del sector en su modernización y adaptación a las nuevas tecnologías en sus productos y procesos de fabricación y que tiene a su vez la vocación de aportar su experiencia, know-how y medios a otros sectores de actividad y proyectos de innovación en Galicia.

Sobre Elecnor Deimos

Elecnor Deimos es la empresa tecnológica del Grupo Elecnor, multinacional en el sector de las infraestructuras y energía con más de 13.000 empleados y presencia en 53 países. En Galicia, el Grupo Elecnor tiene una amplia presencia; en 1997 instaló el primer parque eólico comercial en Malpica, que ha sido recientemente inaugurado por el presidente de la Xunta, Alberto Núñez Feijóo, con una repotenciación de 70 a 7 aerogeneradores, proporcionando actualmente el doble de potencia, y en Faro Farelo se construyó el que fue en su día el complejo eólico más grande de Europa. Por su parte, Elecnor Deimos está especializada en el sector aeroespacial, donde ha fabricado y puesto en órbita 2 satélites de observación de la tierra y ha participado en más de un centenar de misiones espaciales con las primeras agencias del mundo. También dispone de amplia actividad en los sectores aeronáutico, marítimo y TIC. En el campo de los UAVs está desarrollando un avión no tripulado denominado D80 TITAN, de 80 kg de peso y autonomía de 10 horas con aplicaciones en diferentes sectores como la seguridad, vigilancia marítima, monitorización de infraestructuras, agricultura de precisión o gestión forestal, entre otros.

Sobre La Civil UAVs Initiative

La Civil UAVs Initiative es un programa lanzado por la Xunta de Galicia para la utilización de sistemas aéreos no tripulados (UAVs en las siglas en inglés) en el ámbito civil para la mejora de la prestación de servicios públicos. Esta iniciativa se enmarca dentro de una política de promoción y atracción de actividades de alto valor añadido hacia Galicia y tiene su epicentro en el aeródromo de Rozas en Lugo.