Growing abroad

There is no doubt that CATEC has become one of the most advanced technological centres in Spain and a reference in R&D in Europe, especially in areas such as drones and unmanned systems, robotics and industry 4.0, additive manufacturing (3D printing) or non-destructive inspection, which are already marking the present and future of the aerospace industry and other important productive sectors. And not because we say it, but the results that we have achieved throughout our 11 years of history and professional trajectory talk by themselves.

We announced some days ago a new milestone in the history of FADA-CATEC, and especially in our internationalization and growth process towards foreign markets. This is no other than the first project in the field of technological developments in 3D printing outside the European continent, thanks to the collaboration with the company INVAP Argentina, which means our leap crossing the ocean to Latin America, precisely in an area of great value such as components and parts manufacturing for satellites and launchers for the space sector.

In a year in which precisely the city of Seville is assuming and leading the presidency of the Community of Ariane Cities (CVA), and Andalusia is boosting its growth in the aeronautical sector reached in the last decade, we are convinced that this new CATEC project will contribute to show the high technological and industrial capacity that our industry has and to continue encouraging our companies to keep on on this good path, betting on R&D and high added value activities.

The latest figures for the year 2017 are again clear and consolidate Andalusia as a region that has not stopped growing in turnover, employment and exports in the aerospace sector, and that already faces the future with new challenges and illusions. The new strategic plan of the sector must be a key element in all this, and the base for the Andalusian aerospace sector to continue growing abroad, with the support of all the agents involved and with the R&D and the promotion of innovation as main allies. Only this way will strengthen our position as a of the fastest growing industries in the European and international level, and with better prospects for the coming years.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


A delegation of the European Commission visits Seville to evaluate the progress of the AEROARMS project

The Commission valued very positively the progress made in this phase of the initiative, in which the reliability of drones was validated when offering data for the creation of maps using sensors and their ability to avoid obstacles

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A delegation of experts from the European Commission visited Seville last September to evaluate the progress of the AEROARMS project, an initiative led by the University of Seville and FADA-CATEC that studies the application of the use of drones for the maintenance of industrial facilities.

This time it was the second evaluation of the project, which was approved by the commission, which assessed very positively the advances experienced so far. During the visit of the experts, the high reliability of the project drones was verified when offering reliable data on the creation of maps using sensors and the precision when measuring pipe thicknesses. In addition, the ability to interact without problems with other robots and the skill to avoid obstacles was demonstrated.

The development of this project has allowed the design of an unmanned system (drone) that allows precise movements and includes a new contact device, which makes it possible to uncouple and dampen external disturbances that may suffer during the work that is being done in the air . This technology will help the inspection operations in industrial plants and infrastructures to see and collect data from the air, determine the wall thickness of a pipe or the existence of cracks difficult to appreciate visually. All this, minimizing human time and risks when working at height.

AEROARMS is one of the largest European drone projects and has a budget of 5.7 million euros. It involves ten partners from five countries: Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland and Spain. The project belongs to the European research program Horizon 2020 and will end in May 2019.

October 30th 2018
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