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/
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.
The XIII National Congress of Composite Materials – MATCOMP’19 has opened the ABSTRACT submission period, which will remain open until December 20, 2018. Please visit the following link to find the instructions for authors and submit your ABSTRACT online.
MATCOMP is the most important event for the scientific, academic and business community in the field of composite and high-performance materials in Spain. It is a biennial congress promoted by AEMAC to encourage research and use of composite materials.
This edition, organized jointly by AEMAC, CTAG and the University of Vigo, will be the first to be held in Galicia, and will focus on strengthening the impact of composites on Industry 4.0 and on the Circular Economy for strategic sectors such as the automotive industry, the naval industry, aeronautics, renewable energy and the construction sector, among others.
Representantes de CTAG visitan estos días Mulhouse (Francia) para participar en el Salón Industries du Futur. Se trata de un evento dirigido a expertos europeos en Industria 4.0, que sirve como punto de encuentro para exhibiciones, conferencias y reuniones.
CTAG dispone de un stand (0-14) en el que se pueden conocer sus líneas de producción sostenibles y eficientes para la Planta del Futur o4.0, la conectividad para procesos predictivos y proactivos, la logística flexible y la asistencia a operadores mediante exoesqueletos y wearables.También podrá conocer las líneas de investigación en nuevos materiales que se desarrollan en CTAG y ver algunos de los prototipos realizados en este área.
Representatives of CTAG visit Israel these days to deepen their knowledge of the Israeli innovation ecosystem, which has led this country to be known as the “Start-Up Nation”.
Several meetings are planned, including the one that will take place with Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), a global centre of reference for new technologies. CTAG will also visit the Smart City Transportation Lab, in which Mobileye (leading provider of software for advanced driver assistance systems) and MIT REAP (business acceleration programme linked to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) are represented, and will meet the Israeli agency for H2020 projects (EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation).
CTAG travels to Israel accompanied by IGAPE, which supports this trip through the Galicia Exporta Organismos Intermedios aid. The Spanish Embassy in Israel will also collaborate hosting some of the meetings.
This visit is the continuation of another expedition promoted by the Xunta de Galicia in February 2018 in which CTAG took part together with different Galician organisations and companies from various sectors.
The objective of this mission is to establish new commercial and institutional relationships in one of the most powerful innovation centres in the world, which will allow us to identify new opportunities for the Galician automotive industry linked to the mobility of the future, autonomous driving and Industry 4.0.
Experts of CTAG’s Processes Department analyze the appropriation and efficiency in the processes of these devices in a study being performed at Groupe PSA site in Vigo.
The exoskeletons are devices that facilitate assistance to the muscular activity of certain anatomical areas through active means (with energy) or passive means (with mechanical redistribution to other muscular areas), thus contributing to the prevention of musculoskeletal disorders.
For more details, please refer to the information published by Groupe PSA: https://site.groupe-psa.com/vigo/es/actualidad/actividad/el-centro-de-vigo-realiza-pruebas-de-dispositivos-de-asistencia-fisica-exoesqueletos/
CTAG will participate in the Industrial Automation Conferences (JAI2018) to show its innovations in the field of BIG DATA research, within the European project LICORNE (LIssage de COrdons Robotisé Novateur Expert).
LICORNE aims to optimise the application processes of body coatings, for which the sealing material is applied with a subsequent removal of the excess quantity (bead forming), in a way that always ensures the functionality of the application.
The project is led by PSA Groupe, with the participation of the following companies together with CTAG: Clemessy (France), working in the fields of robotics and machine vision; Ringler (Germany), offering solutions for the removal of excess material; and IS2M (France), which works in the field of materials to ensure properties that stabilize the process.
CTAG, which participates in the project in the field of BIG DATA, will explain at the conference the progress in the application of this technology. This system will inform the people in charge of the operation of the installation about the most suitable parameters, which allow the stability in the application of these coatings regardless of variations in the properties of the material, the process and the environmental parameters. It traces the information from the welding process to the bead forming process.
CTAG’s development also includes an information system for the monitoring, sharing and visualization of all collected data.
JAI2018 will take place at the Assembly Hall of the School of Industrial Engineering of Vigo (University Campus) from March 12th to 16th.
For more information about JAI2018 please visit http://jai2018.webs.uvigo.es/
CTAG will share its experience in the development of exoskeletons for the industry on March 14, in the session “Wearable robots in industry: moving out of the lab” organized by COST workshop on Wearable Robots.
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.
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.
ERF is the most influential meeting of robotic community in Europe, which brings together researchers, engineers, managers, entrepreneurs and business personnel to discuss topics which have an immediate impact on the European robotics.
The event will take place on 13, 14 and 15 March in Tampere (Finland).
More information about ERF2018 in:
El puerto de Vigo pondrá en marcha a principios de 2018 un proyecto para modernizar la lonja tras un estudio previo realizado por CTAG.
El presidente de la Autoridad Portuaria de Vigo, Enrique López Veiga, presentó a los usuarios de la terminal este proyecto bautizado como “Lonja del Futuro”, con el que busca un puerto pesquero conectado donde exista un total acceso a la información que se genera. Para ello, se han propuesto una serie de mejoras que van desde la informatización de la rula hasta la creación de un sistema para la descarga inteligente y automatizada. También se mejorarán los sistemas de refrigeración con el fin de garantizar la cadena de frío. Además, se tomarán medidas de eficiencia energética con la sustitución de las luminarias actuales, y se instalará un sistema de “Smart Greed” para la gestión de la energía eléctrica.
Este proyecto es el resultado de una serie de estudios previos encargados a CTAG sobre flujos logísticos y aprovechamiento de espacios. Tras un profundo análisis fueron detectadas varias deficiencias que serán subsanadas con la modernización de la lonja.
También se ha contado con la aportación de los usuarios de las instalaciones, los principales perjudicados por las deficiencias que presenta el edificio. Además, se trata de un proyecto abierto para que hagan sus aportaciones de cara a optimizar la Lonja del Futuro.