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CATEC collaborates in the FAMACOM project on new automation solutions for light composites manufacturing

August 26th 2019

The initiative is led by the firm Aerotecnic, and the companies Titania, CT Engineering, the University of Cadiz and AIMPLAS also participate

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CATEC is collaborating with the company Inespasa in the FAMACOM R&D project, a new initiative that aims to develop new automation solutions in advanced manufacturing of composite lightweight structures. Specifically, it intends to develop an integrated solution through microwave curing for manufacturing large sandwich-structured composite parts, reducing the recurring costs of companies and eliminating the autoclave curing system.

FAMACOM is a project that is part of the FEDER INNTERCONECTA 2018 Program, funded by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) and the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. The initiative is led by the Andalusian company Aerotecnic, and also Titania, CT Engineering, the University of Cadiz and the AIMPLAS center are taking part.

FAMACOM will be an important technological leap, since it will allow for even curing of sandwich-structured parts and overcome the difficulties arising from the thickness and non-uniform nature of these assemblies. The result of the project will be a demonstrator for the later stages of the industrialization process consisting of a sandwich panel structure for aircraft. However, its benefits will also be applicable to other high-tech sectors such as the rail, automotive and wind energy industries.

“This project allows us to continue advancing in the development of automation solutions, aiming at low cost and functionality, in this case collaborating with INESPASA,” says our technical director (M&P), Fernando Lasagni. In the picture, our team involved in the project: Fernando Lasagni; Eduardo Ferrera, head of the Automation and Robotics unit; and Elena Blanco, engineer of the Automation and Robotics unit.

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