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IONA Technology To Accelerate Adoption of Robotics For Complex Aerospace Manufacturing

Insphere has won funding from NATEP – National Aerospace Technology Exploitation Programme to develop its IONA technology to accelerate the adoption of robotics for challenging aerospace manufacturing tasks.

Insphere will lead the project, titled Accurate and Flexible Automation Systems (ACCUFAS). By partnering with The University of Sheffield AMRC Factory 2050 Insphere will ensure that the project is delivered in world-class facilities by a team of highly skilled and experienced research engineers. Spirit AeroSystems have given their support to the project and will contribute industrially-relevant use cases.

In what was stated to be an extremely competitive funding round the project was successfully backed due to the strong research team, the highly-innovative IONA technology, and the huge market pull for increasing automation to meet future demands in the sector. The IONA system enables real-time tracking and correction of automated manufacturing processes utilizing industrial robots.

Robots are inexpensive and flexible to use for manufacturing tasks, but it has been challenging to deploy them for tasks where high accuracy is essential. The project will use the Insphere IONA sensor network to track robots accurately and will employ artificial intelligence (AI) to create a self-correcting system that can achieve aerospace accuracy.

The project will develop and showcase new methods of deep learning from complex datasets, unlocking the potential for widespread introduction of high-accuracy robotics, and securing a significant benefit to advanced manufacturing.

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