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Robot Integrated Photogrammetry Development To Be Exhibited at JEC World Fair

The Spanish research center IDEKO will have a prominent presence at the international JEC World fair at which it will present its technological offering for composite manufacturing, based on two fundamental pillars: sustainability and digitization. From March 5th to 7th, it will exhibit its capabilities and technological innovations in this field, primarily focused on automating and increasing the efficiency of aerospace production.

The exhibition will highlight the expertise acquired in different European-scale research projects, showcasing the implementation of advanced composite manufacturing processes, all carried out within their cutting edge facilities.

One notable example is the INFINITE initiative, funded by the European Union, in which IDEKO leads a technological consortium that seeks to develop digitally sensorised aerospace composites to monitor the manufacturing of components and their structural health throughout their lifecycle. INFINITE technology will make possible to have quality control information through each of the manufacturing stages. Enabling the detection of manufacturing issues, defects and assure compliance with the required quality standards at the time of production. This improved capability will radically decrease the rejection rate, especially at the end of the manufacturing process where the value of the part is at its highest.

Additionally, it will also offer a complete manufacturing solution based on photopolymerization, also known as ultraviolet (UV) curing, as an alternative to develop circular and efficient composite material manufacturing technologies through the results obtained so far in the research project.

The research center’s innovations at JEC World 2024 also include research in robotics and automation technologies aimed at reducing emissions and the environmental footprint of manufacturing composite materials in the aerospace sector. Additionally it will showcase the development of a flexible marker-less positioning system using photogrammetry integrated into collaborative robots and compensated with external artificial vision systems. Additionally, a robotic cell is featured. It is composed of two robots equipped with a photogrammetry-based positioning system. These robots work synchronously in the assembly of large aerospace parts.

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