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


HALT-HASS chamber for highly accelerated life testing and conditioning materials

This service allows perform conditioning tests, an accelerated aging of components and materials to define their operational and destructive limits, and generate stress damage

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CATEC has a HALT-HASS chamber for highly accelerated life testing, which allows reproducing, in a controlled and fast way, the conditions that a particular product may tackle over its useful life. Theses tests are especially important in aerospace and other sectors like energy and shipbuilding, as they are aimed at giving high levels of stress, making visible design flaws in structural components in short times.

Tests may submit a component or material to thermal cycles (temperature), mechanical (vibration) and/or humidity, and can be used to find the operating and destructive limits of components to enhance their development and performance. The system can also be applied especially to composite materials, in order to subject them to mechanical testing campaigns, and to study their degradation.

The main technical characteristics of the HALT-HASS chamber are:

-Volume maximum: 1,150 x 1,150 x 1,540 mm3
-Size of vibration table: 915 x 915 mm2
- Weight Maximum vibration table: 300 kg
-Range Temperature: -95 / +195º C
-Range humidity: 20% /l 95% in the range +30 / +85º C
-Speed heating / cooling: 60K/min.

For more information of this service, you can contact with Materials y Processes Area, by mail
HALT-HASS chamber for highly accelerated life testing and conditioning materials

February 16th 2016
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