Strengthening bonds of collaboration

In CATEC we have always had a clear idea that technological innovation and development are fundamental to make the aerospace industry more advanced and competitive by offering products of the highest quality that contribute true added value to the aeronautic and space market. For this to be possible, it is essential to promote collaboration and cooperation between businesses (as OEMs as SMEs), technological centers, and general research companies in order to strengthen synergies and knowledge transfers. Without these synergies and transfers, everything would be harder to achieve by ourselves.

A perfect scenario for this are the fairs or technological events of reference in the sector, like Málaga´s Foro Transfiere or the World Mobile Congress. In these events the leading technology companies from Spain, Europe, and the world meet to present their new and innovative technologies. Besides, these events also allows experts to exchange ideas and experiences, take advantage of business opportunities, and even start collaborating on new R+D projects.

CATEC has had the privilege to participate in both events. We have presented our latest technological novelties in areas as important as additive manufacturing (also known as 3D-printing) and new production methods for aeronautic factories of the future, or new technologies to monitor and control drones through the new 4G telephone networks (in a pioneering initiative with Vodafone).

And we have been able to confirm that Spanish (and Andalusian) R+D is in good health. Our positioning in the aerospace field and in other areas and related industries have solid foundations despite having gone through the last difficult years of the crisis. As we have proved, strengthening bonds of collaboration is a fundamental condition to continue developing new technologies and processes that allow us to improve our activity. Only by collaborating with businesses, research centers and institutions will it be possible to reach the objectives that we create.

Thus, we walk on a good path, but we should not become too complacent and insist in continuing this way. Only through work, commitment and collaboration will we manage to continue with a firm step on the correct path which will position us and our R+D where it deserves to be: at the head of the international level.

Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC

Technology

CATEC develops a pioneering aerial contact technology to carry out industrial inspections by using drones


This new technological development has been nominated for the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, promoted by the European Commission


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Our center has developed a new pioneering technology worldwide that allows the use of airborne robots and small unmanned aircraft, popularly known as drones, for industrial contact inspections. Specifically, CATEC has designed a new drone that is able of performing inspections that require contact, for example, with ultrasonic sensors, which "represents a great step further for the use of this type of aerial robots in different tasks, as they not only could see from the air but also touch and feel", explains Antidio Viguria, Head of Avionics & Systems Division in CATEC.

CATEC has focused on developing a new technology that is able to maintain contact in a safe and reliable way. The drone designed performs very precise movements and includes a completely new contact device that allows decouple and dampen external perturbations that may suffer during the work done in the air. An aspect that is critical in order to keep stability while the drone is performing contact operations. The initiative is part of the AEROARMS project, led by the University of Seville and funded by the European Commission program Horizon 2020 for Research and Development.

This aerial contact technology developed by CATEC is a major step into this vision that already allows today performing industrial contact inspections using a drone not only minimizing time and resources, but also decreasing human risks working at height.

This new technology has been named for the 2017 Innovation Radar Prize promoted by the European Commision that will be known in ICT's Proposer Day in Budapest, Hungary on 9 November.

You can see a demonstration video of this new technology this link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQdMlfK8VjY




October 9th 2017
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