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


Specific solutions and services to link the “Factory of the Future" to companies in the aerospace sector

Our Center offers a wide selection of lines or industrial application technologies to advance towards new aerospace manufacturing processes more intelligent and innovative

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CATEC is betting strongly on the development of services and solutions for the “Factory of the Future (FoF)” or “Industry 4.0” the new paradigm that has been raising with the need to apply more efficient, intelligent and innovative solutions to the challenges of manufacturing in the aerospace industry for the coming years.

To do this, CATEC is working very intensively on different lines with aerospace companies, especially in the Andalusian sector, and has already developed multiple solutions specific of industrial application for new aircraft production processes.

CATEC focus on development of 15 manufacturing technologies or services adapted to the aerospace sector requirements. It counts on the collaboration of important companies as Airbus Defence & Space, Aernnova, Airgrup, Alestis Aerospace, Tecnatom, CT Ingenieros or Applus, among others.

These lines are:
-Additive Manufacturing ALM / FDM (known as 3D printing)
-Flexible and more productive inspection systems
-Manufacture and in service monitoring
-Automation of aeronautical complex processes (drilling and milling, sealant application, aircraft painting)
-Collaborative robots
-Reconfigurable and flexible stands
-Laser projection for assembly
-Application of Automatic Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles (UGVs) to plant logistics
-RFID processes control connected to the ERP and WMS
-Indoor location systems in the factory
-Virtual and Augmented Reality applied to manufacturing and troubleshooting
-Process simulation
- Interactive Workbench
-Factory 100% Interconnected and Industrial Internet of Things

For more information about specific services and solutions related to the Factory of the Future, please contact our Center through CATEC also will present these technologies under the ADM Sevilla 2016 international meeting, to be held from 10 to 13 May in Seville, through its own stand located on the meeting.

April 29th 2016
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