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


NDT for characterizing components and aerospace materials by X-ray computed tomography

This technique ensures the quality and control of parts produced with a high degree of reliability and accuracy, detecting failures and internal defects

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CATEC offers to companies and entities interested in the structural characterization of components and detection of possible defects in manufacture and/or service by X-ray computed tomography. This type of Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) has become a reference in the study of materials and structures, allowing quality and control of parts produced with a high degree of reliability and accuracy.

Among the benefits of its application and use should be emphasized the high level of information provided of components, with a great quality resolution of the graphical data obtained, the possibility to characterize them in a microstructural level or also analyze large industrial parts, far from those developed in laboratories. It can also make a 3D quantification of the components, thus improving traditional inspection techniques that today are insufficient for quality control in this type of parts and assemblies.

The manufacturers of different sectors including aerospace, can make use of this type of technology through associated services offered by our center. For further information, please contact our Department of Materials and Processes.

March 23rd 2015
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