CTAG visita México para apoyar la expansión internacional de la automoción gallega

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El director de la División de Procesos y Materiales de CTAG, Antonio Mateos, visitó la nueva planta de Viza en la ciudad de Puebla (México) junto al conselleiro de Economía, Emprego e Industria, Francisco Conde. Allí fueron recibidos por el director de la instalación, Alberto Álvarez. Esta planta acaba de entrar en funcionamiento y fabricará las armaduras de los asientos de un nuevo modelo que Volkswagen ensambla en Puebla, donde tiene su segunda planta más importante a nivel mundial.

Posteriormente se reunieron con el director general de la Asociación Mexicana de la Industria Automotriz, Fausto Cuevas, en una reunión donde evaluaron los intereses y oportunidades comunes para el sector en ambos países. Este encuentro le ha servido a CTAG para buscar y estudiar vías de colaboración con el sector de la automoción mexicano.

Mateos señaló que México es una oportunidad tanto para CTAG como para la industria de automoción de Galicia.

Conde valoró la expansión internacional de la economía gallega, concretamente del sector automoción, gracias a su esfuerzo constante por innovar y posicionarse en nuevos mercados. Además, indicó que la instalación de Viza en México es una demostración de cómo Galicia y el sector de la automoción gallego están posicionándose en los mercados internacionales a través de la innovación. En este sentido, también apuntó que CTAG es socio de muchas empresas de componentes que, como Viza, están desarrollando productos y servicios que incorporan las últimas innovaciones de la industria.

Francisco Conde, Alberto Álvarez y Antonio Mateos en las instalaciones de Viza México

CTAG participa en cinco de las diez Unidades Mixtas de Investigación vinculadas al sector de la automoción que promueve la Xunta para impulsar la colaboración público-privada y captar nuevas inversiones en la industria. Una de ellas, en colaboración con Viza, con el objetivo de desarrollar una nueva generación de armaduras universales y sistemas de enclavamiento.

CTAG coordinates the ITS España course on Automated and autonomous driving

This course, organised by ITS España, took place last October 17 at the Dirección General de Tráfico in Madrid. In addition to CTAG, a number of organisations and companies involved in autonomous driving collaborated, including DGT, INSIA, ASTI, Ferrovial, Here, RACC and Telefónica. The course was coordinated by Francisco Sánchez Pons, Director of Electronics and Intelligent Transport Systems at CTAG.

This was an excellent opportunity to go into detail about the technologies involved in automated and autonomous driving together with outstanding professionals of the sector. The main international initiatives and projects in this field were presented as well as topics on which the vehicle of the future is being built: technologies, legislative aspects, infrastructures, connectivity and validation and set-up. This last topic was presented by Rosa Blanco, Head of the Department of Validation of Electronic Systems, Quality and HMI at CTAG.

AEROCAR seeks companies interested in participating in the development of new prototypes

Call for expression of interest

 

Those who are interested should submit their ideas for the prototype before June 30.

The first two phases of the AEROCAR project come to an end with the publication of the first results of the project. A documentation compiles the studies carried out on technologies and aeronautical and automotive materials. This material is available on the project website www.aerocar-sudoe.com.

COLLABORATORS HUNTING

Currently, the AEROCAR project is finalizing the third phase, which will define the prototypes that will be manufactured during phase 4. During this fourth phase, Leartiker and CTAG will develop two aeronautical prototypes in which automotive materials and technologies will be used. Rescoll and Inegi will manufacture two other automotive prototypes with materials and technologies used in the aeronautical sector. To define these prototypes, the collaboration of different companies that provide real application cases that have an industrial impact for their development is necessary. The technologies that will be most valued when designing the prototypes are: Hybrid injection moulding / overmoulding, Thermo-stamping, SMC or BMC, VBO prepreg, Filament winding, Adhesive, Filament winding and Co-curing. They are all processes related to polymeric materials and combinations of these with other materials.

The development potential of both sectors, the degree of innovation / patentability of the submitted idea, the procured profit or advantage through technological transfer, technical / technological and economic viability, and finally, the necessary resources for the development of prototypes will all be assessed.

For this reason, we, in AEROCAR, call for an expression of interest: we are looking for partners who are interested in collaborating on the project. Companies that are interested in participating may contact the following Project Managers before June 30:

LEARTIKER: Asier Retolaza, aretolaza@leartiker.com

CTAG: Denise García, denise.garcia@ctag.com

INEGI: Susana Sousa, ssousa@inegi.up.pt

RESCOLL: Thomas Stimpfling, thomas.stimpfling@rescoll.fr

Interreg Sudoe AEROCAR

GAIN SUBVENCIONA LA CONSOLIDACIÓN DE LA UNIDAD MIXTA DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE BORGWARNER Y CTAG

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Dados los buenos resultados de la Unidad Mixta de Investigación creada por Borgwarner y CTAG en 2014, se ha propuesto la extensión de dichas actividades planteando la consolidación de la UMI con el desarrollo de “Nuevos productos y tecnologías de automoción para la reducción de emisiones”, haciendo especial hincapié en los aspectos relacionados con la electronificación y control de sistemas, debido a las tendencias del mercado que se encaminan hacia una mayor implantación de la electrónica en los vehículos.

 

Esta Consolidación de la Unidad Mixta está Subvencionada por la Axencia Galega de Innovación con cargo a los Fondos FEDER y ha sido apoyada por la Consellería de Economía, Emprego e Industria a través de la convocatoria de “AXUDAS PARA A CREACIÓN, POSTA EN MARCHA E CONSOLIDACIÓN DE UNIDADES MIXTAS DE INVESTIGACIÓN” (DOG Nº 138, de 21 de julio de 2016). Código de expediente IN853A 2016/10

 

CTAG on the Informe Semanal report on Autonomous Driving

Last October 8th Informe Semanal broadcast the report titled “Magia al Volante” (Magic behind the Wheel), on driving automation and progress being made regarding intelligent vehicles. The programme included CTAG, SEAT, PSA Group, Ford, CSIC-UPM and the RACC Foundation as protagonists.

The full report can be seen on http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/informe-semanal/informe-semanal-magia-volante/3749967/

 

Participación no Programa Galicia Exporta Orgnanismos Intermedios 2016

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“Esta empresa participa no Programa Galicia Exporta Organismos Intermedios 2016

 

Operación cofinanciada polo Fondo Europeo de Desenvolvemento Rexional

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Programa Galicia Exporta Organismos Intermedios 2016

Como apoio ao proceso de internacionalización, CTAG ten axuda concedida polo IGAPE para participar no Programa Galicia Exporta Organismos Intermedios 2016, cofinanciado polo Fondo Europeo de Desenvolvemento Rexional no marco do Programa Operativo FEDER de Galicia 2014-2020. OT3. “Conseguir un tecido empresarial mais competitivo”.

Fondo Europeo de Desenvolvemento Rexional, unha maneira de facer Europa

O obxectivo principal do Programa Exporta Organismos Intermedios 2016 é incentivar e estimular o comercio exterior galego e a internacionalización das pemes galegas. O resultado que se pretende é aumentar a base de empresas exportadoras e consolidar a presenza de empresas galegas nos mercados internacionais.”

The ecoDriver project comes to an end

After more than four years of activity, the ecoDriver project has published its preliminary test results of 9 different assistance systems for eco-driving, in which 170 drivers participated in seven European countries, both in controlled and real driving conditions.

ecoDriver

The objective of the ecoDriver project is to develop the most effective feedback system (HMI) to get the driver to adopt a green driving behaviour in vehicles equipped with the project developments. The ecoDriver systems take into account vehicle data and environment and, based on these data, they perform energy calculations to recommend to the driver the optimal point, in order to drive as efficiently as possible. These recommendations are based on the optimal speed profile in each situation, gear shift, and behaviour generally based on the anticipation of the road circumstances.

The targets of the project are to achieve a significant reduction of fuel consumption, increase driving safety and reduce emissions of polluting gases.

CTAG’s role in the project

CTAG played an important role in the ecoDriver project, participating in most activities. In the development phase CTAG contributed to the energy rating system, foundation of the Full ecoDriver System (FeDS) for the calculation of the recommendations to the driver, and developed fully the programmed HMI on an Android Samsung Galaxy Note 2 device. The following image shows an example of the interface designed and programmed in the final version of the FeDS, presented at the final event held at the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart last March 17, 2016:

 

ecoDriver-HMI

 

CTAG led the development of this HMI application defining its final design, behaviour and operation logic, both for the first version, used during the road tests, and for the final version presented at the final event. Besides, CTAG directed all the planning, design and development of the road tests conducted with the systems developed by Daimler, BMW, FIAT, TomTom, CTAG and Ifsttar in seven European countries.

CTAG performed tests, both during the design phase and the testing phase, in the driving simulator, in Vigo and its surroundings (urban and interurban areas and highways) and on the recently built private test track.

In order to obtain the final results CTAG made a central server available to the project, where all the data collected during the tests were stored and managed. In addition, CTAG developed the tools to manage these data, generating the necessary indicators to evaluate the results.

Results

Average speeds in free driving are reduced around 3% when driving maintaining cruising speeds, and acceleration and deceleration intensity are reduced by 6%.

Regarding the main objective of the project, fuel reduction using the ecoDriver system was reached in figures between 13% and 20%, depending on how the driver followed the recommendations proposed by the system. As a result of this gas emissions were significantly reduced.

This project, with a consortium of 12 partners (BMW, CRF, CTAG, Daimler, ERTICO, IFSTTAR, IKA, Simotion, TNO, TomTom Telematics, Université de Leeds et VTI) was co-financed by the European Commission within the Seventh Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

For more information please visit ecoDriver Project

 

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Development of automotive plastic components with sensor function integrated in smart textile

The adoption of novel lighter and more compact and ecofriendly solutions for the design of components in the automobile sector becomes an added value that means a fundamental part in the development of new concept cars. Within this line is placed the SMARTCOVER project, leaded by CTAG in collaboration with AIMPLAS and CETEMMSA and supported by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). SMARTCOVER aims to establish the “Assembly Design” methodology in the design of a button panel from a

vehicle door, integrating the fabric, the button panel and the armrest support in only one part by means of the combination of a sensor textile with tactile properties, a protector covering and a back-injected thermoplastic support.

 

Below is an article with details of this project published in Modern Plastics Magazine in June 2010

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