Technological milestones to keep on growing

A new year ends and it's time to take stock of the work done and technological milestones achieved by FADA-CATEC in 2017, which confirms one more year the good work we have carried out to foster innovation and technological development in the aerospace sector in general.
These results confirm we are one of the most advanced research and technology centers in the sector in Spain and Europe, especially in fields such as robotics, unmanned systems and new advanced manufacturing processes (Factory of the Future, Industry 4.0), in addition to additive manufacturing technology (3D printing). We do not say it, but Administrations and entities with their awards and recognitions have valued this year in a very special way the work and effort that our Center and its researchers, experts and technicians have developed looking for constant technological innovation. A great support to the role that FADA-CATEC plays in the sector, working for R&D to become an indispensable element in our aerospace companies.
We are especially proud of the Innovation Radar Prize 2017, granted by the European Commission, and the Jury Innovation Prize of the "EU Drone Awards", collected in the European Parliament, for our latest developments in the field of unmanned robotic systems, which are already a global milestone. Also of the awards of the Andalusian Aerospace Cluster, HELICE, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Environment of Andalusia, or the "Antonio Torres" Prize of the IV National Congress of R&D in Defence and Security , which serve as an incentive to keep on working for innovation and strengthening the competitiveness of our aerospace sector.
There are many other important initiatives and technological projects that we have carried out last year, among which I would like to highlight the participation in international robotics competition MBZIRC, in which the team formed by CATEC achieved important results among the best and most prestigious universities and research centers around the world; or the organization of UNVEX ECO-AGRO, the first congress in Spain devoted specifically to the drone sector and its applications in agriculture and the environment, and which is now a national reference. No less relevant was the collaboration on technological milestones as the first drone flight identified, geolocated and controlled through the mobile network, using Vodafone's 4G network and carried out in Seville.
In short, it has been a year to be satisfied with the successes achieved and to reaffirm our trajectory in these ten years of life of FADA-CATEC, but also to make us see that only with good work will we be able to achieve the challenges of the aerospace sector, helping our companies and the industry to reach them. For a 2018 full of new projects, Happy New Year!
Joaquín Rodríguez Grau
Director of CATEC


CATEC shows its capabilities and expertise in additive manufacturing to the main entities and companies in the defence sector

Our team participated in the “Impact of the Additive Manufacturing in Defence” workshop, organized by the Spanish Ministry and in which statements were made by other organizations such as the INTA, Airbus, Navantia, ITP, Mizar, Atos and Renishaw

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CATEC has presented its technological capabilities and experience in additive manufacturing (3D printing) to the main companies and entities of the defence sector in Spain in order to show some of the advantages and applications that this technology can have for its use in this area. This presentation took place in the “Technology Day: Impact of the additive manufacturing in defence,” held at the Higher Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and organized by the Ministry of Defence.

Our team participated with a presentation describing our experience in the aerospace sector and its direct application in structural solutions for defence. In this regard, some applications were analyzed from the point of view of their manufacturing and inspections, highlighting our long trajectory in the space industry in collaboration with companies such as Airbus in the development of components for space launchers (Ariane 5 and Vega), satellites (HIPPARCOS, SEOSAT and other telecommunications satellites), and of the aeronautical sector with components for the A400M aircraft, C295 and A320neo of Airbus.

The event was structured in several blocks on which representatives of various technological teams, universities, companies and the Ministry of Defence itself presented the latest developments in the field of additive manufacturing. Amongst them participated the National Institute for Aerospace Technology (INTA), the Higher Technical School of Engineering and Industrial Design of the UPM, and companies such as Airbus Defence & Space; Navantia, ITP, Mizar, Atos and Renishaw.

June 14th 2017
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