Address: C/Wilbur y Orville Wright 17-19-21, 41309 La Rinconada (Sevilla), Spain
Contact: Carlos Pérez (Tel: +34 954179002) cperez(at)catec.aero
- Raúl Cano (FADA-CATEC)
- Pablo Iñigo (FADA-CATECy)
- Héctor Ascorbe (FADA-CATEC)
- José Ramón de los Santos (FADA-CATEC)
- Virginia García (FADA-CATEC)
- Ricardo Marín (FADA-CATEC)
CATEC-AyR team is set up with members from the Automation and Robotics Department at FADA-CATEC. This multidisciplinary group of researchers and engineers usually carry out R&D projects, mainly in the automation of aeronautical manufacturing processes. One of the main objectives in their research strategy is showing how industrial robots and new algorithms and control strategies can move forward from standard repetitive process into a flexible and reliable system that meets aeronautical industry requirement. Safety, collaborative working environment and fast process programming are some of the group main interest.
Manufacturers such as Airbus Group, Aernnova and Applus, among others, rely on this team to carry out some of their robotics R&D projects on topic such as, increasing robot precision for drilling operations, design of new robots for manufacturing operation, automatic painting and failure detection and correction, and so.
CATEC Automation & Robotics Dept. workshop has a 4 robot workcell where R&D project and new process development are tested. In addition to this, a LWR IV and a set of cameras, automation devices and equipment for robotic application are available in order to build up technological demonstrators.
CATEC-AyR team has different skills and capabilities for robotic R&D project development; from mechanical design to software development, including hardware and control algorithms. The team has designed an ultra-light weight arm for ARCAS FP7 aerial robotics project, which is the first 6DoF arm on-board a multirotor aerial platform, and is developing strategies for aerial manipulation; a crawler had been designed and a 20-dof arm for reaching point of difficult access in aircraft manufacturing processes at national projects. A ROS-based middleware for synchronization and control of 4 industrial robots has been also developed. Some flexible applications are being tested, such as CATIA-based robot programing for drilling and surface inspection and robot self-localization for process adaptability. The team also has experienced people, such as Carlos Pérez, that has a 10-year experience on robotics research, first at the UC3M Robotics lab and then as head of the CATEC A&R Dept; Raúl Cano, mechanical engineer with 8-years of experience in the aeronautical manufacturing industry; and Pablo Iñigo, 3-years software PhD student.