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

X-ray computed tomography for characterizing structures and detecting failures in aerospace materials


This new technology, used by the CATEC Non-Destructive Testing Area, allows the inspection of large areas in short inspection times and the advantage of portability of the required equipment and accessories


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X-ray computed tomography for characterizing structures and detecting failures in aerospace materials
One of the innovative methods used by CATEC to detect failures of aerospace components or other technology sectors is the x-ray computed tomography. Thanks to this technology CATEC works for characterizing aeronautic structures, improving traditional techniques which are today insufficient to the quality control in this kind of pieces and sets.

Used to locate surface and subsurface defects in many materials (metallic and compost, x-ray computed tomography is also used to inspect large areas in short inspection times and the advantage of portability of the required equipment and accessories.

This new technology together with other methods used by CATEC related to non-contact testing have very positive results and can be provided to companies if they want to develop their tests at the centre.

For further information you can contact materiales@catec.aero and ask to visit our facilities.


September 26th 2011
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