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

Technology

Virtual and augmented reality room to develop new simulation Technologies and applications in aerospace processes


CATEC has a 3D projection lab involving ultrasound position and orientation Tracker to develop the most innovative techniques of teleoperation immersive systems.


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Virtual and augmented reality room to develop new simulation Technologies and applications in aerospace processes
Within the Area of Simulation and Software, CATEC has one of the most outstanding technological equipment to experiment and apply new technologies in the field of pilot training: its virtual augmented reality room (VA/AR). This equipment is composed of a 5x3 meters 130º curved screen, which also includes a ultrasound locator and positioning system. This laboratory is also provided with VR glasses and gloves which are able to create interfaces of fully immersion in simulated situations

This lab enables the development of the most innovative techniques of teleoperation immersive systems. Precisely, CATEC is focusing the use of virtual reality on the training and the design of simulation environments. The centre is working as well on the development of applications of augmented reality for the process of teleoperation and assembly assistance, either for equipment or in environments such as a FAL (Final Assembly Line).

As a complement to this activity, CATEC has all kinds of user interfaces, such as a Microsoft Surface, haptic devices, multi-touch laptops, and so on. The applications are numerous, from shopfloor information access systems to ground control stations and instructor positions in simulators or support systems for assembly.

This technology is fully available to be used by the enterprises and entities interested in it. For further information you can contact the Area of Simulation and Software’s manager, [Alberto Prieto.]mail: adprieto@catec.aero


July 31st 2012
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