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Advancing Aerospace Robotics With Metrology Guidance

Project ACCUFAS (Accurate and Flexible Automation Systems) is developing Insphere’s IONA technology to facilitate high accuracy robot control within the aerospace sector.

Insphere have partnered with the UK’s University of Sheffield AMRC Factory 2050 to lead the project having won funding from NATEP (National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme).

Robots are often not accurate enough for the high demands within aerospace applications. Because of this, there is a relatively slow uptake of robots being used in aerospace manufacturing. IONA is a metrology guidance system that improves the accuracy of robots.

Project ACCUFAS is developing IONA to aid robots within aerospace manufacturing to achieve sub 0.1mm accuracy and measure at 10 frames per second. Following initial results, the project is progressing into the experimental phase with machine trials being run at the AMRC Factory 2050. “Using machine learning processes, we are continuing to hit key milestones in this project and further improve robot accuracy”.

As part of the project and alongside the University of Sheffield, Insphere will host an external showcase, which will include speakers from industry, on 31 October 2023 at Sheffield AMRC Factory 2050. The event is for anyone in industry who is interested in the next generation of technologies for monitoring and guidance in industrial robots. The event is free to attend and will start at 09:30 with 3-4 short presentations followed by a demonstration of IONA.

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