Consortium Partners

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PROJECT COORDINATOR

Contact Person: Dr. Sebastian Schröck     email: Sebastian.Schroeck(a)de.bosch.com

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At roughly 118 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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Contact Person: Prof. Marcello Colledani     email: marcello.colledani(a)polimi.it

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Politecnico di Milano (www.polimi.it) is a leading Italian technical university where 40,000 engineers, architects and designers are educated each year. POLIMI has always aimed at the quality and innovation of teaching and research, by developing a fruitful relationship with the economic and productive reality through experimental research and technology transfer technical university. The Manufacturing and Production System Lab is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department (POLIMI-MECC). Its main research topics concern the area of transformation processes of industrial products ranging from mechanical and technological characteristics of transformed materials to methodologies and tools for designing processes, the planning, management and control of manufacturing and assembly systems. POLIMI-MECC was promoter of the CIRP (www.cirp.net) interdisciplinary Working Group named SPECIES (www.species.polimi.it) aiming at enhancing the integration of product, process and production systems design and management, considering the way they evolve together, in the modern socioeconomic and technological context.

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Contact Person: Dr. Eeva Järvenpää     email: eeva.jarvenpaa(a)tut.fi

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Tampere University of Technology (TUT) conducts scientific research in technology and architecture and provides higher education within these fields. TUT started operating in the form of a foundation in the beginning of 2010. TUT has about 10 000 students and 2000 employees. The thematic research areas of TUT are: Digital operating environment, Energy and ecoefficiency, Industrial competitiveness, and Health technology. The department that will take part in the proposed project is Department of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems (MEI). MEI was established in January 2014 by combining former departments of Production engineering and Engineering design added with fluid power and mechatronics research groups. The research and teaching activities of MEI covers the whole product life-cycle processes in mechanical engineering and industrial systems area. Both fundamental and applied research types are carried out. There are 4 vertical research areas: Applied Mechanics, Design and Development, Manufacturing and Automation, Life-cycle Management and in addition 2 cross-sectional research areas: Engineering Intelligence and Sustainable Machine Systems. Department has modern laboratories as tools for education and research.

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Contact Person: Dr. Eva Novillo Diaz     email: eva.novillo(a)cesa.aero

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Compañía Española de Suministros Aeronáuticos S.A. (CESA) is a Spanish industrial company European leader in the manufacturing of fluid and electromechanical systems for the aeronautic sector. CESA is currently an established supplier to European aircraft industries such as AIRBUS, AIRBUS Military, BA Systems, Cassidian, Alenia, etc. as well as other worldwide manufacturers such as Sikorsky (USA) or IAI (Israel) for product lines including Landing Gear components, Flight Controls, Hydraulic systems, Pneumatic/Fuel/Engine accessories or EMAs. Particular attention is put on new technologies and new kind of performances required to the aircraft; design and analysis tools as well as human skills are continuously updated with the involvement into research programs conducted with or without participation of other partners. Production is characterized by small batches (for 1 to 15 units), large number of different complex products, high demand variability, and high quality requirements. This complexity requires a high flexibility of manufacturing resources and a highly skilled workforce able to cope with new products that involve new technical and quality requirements with stabilized productivity ratios.

CESA workforce consist of 314 people, the factory produces each year approximately 90.000 individual parts and more than 5.000 assemblies with a low number of references per year (typically in the range of 1-500 per year). Each year, the number of new references is increased that require a specific process development at engineering and manufacturing level incorporating new equipment and tools. In addition, life cycle of each part number can be around 20 years, which means that it is required to adapt to different equipment in a short period of time.

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Contact Person: Mr. Mauro Viscardi     email: ma.viscardi(a)cosberg.com

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Since 1983 Cosberg studies, designs and builds rotary table and free pallet linear machines, with a wide range of standardized modules for the automation of assembly processes, becoming a leader company in mechatronics, robotics and special assembly solutions. Our core business is the realization of prototypes, “tailor-made solutions” but based on a long experience and on standardized modules for mechatronics, such as: vibro-circular and linear feeders both with electromagnetic and piezoelectric technology Moxmec (international patent), slides and screw driving units, insertion systems, riveting, drilling and tapping units, pick and place arms.

Our solutions are used in many industrial areas: Mechanical, Electrics, Automotive Components, Household Appliances Parts, Accessories for Furniture, Consumer Goods but also specific sectors such as Goldsmith segment and Electronics. Key feature on project development is the analysis, study and design developed by a Cosberg dedicated team; the strong interaction with customer R&D team will result on a perfect optimization of the final product design for the further assembly with Cosberg system. Our R&D team is also dedicated to the development of new equipments, integrating the latest technologies, such as laser welding, oil and grease dosing, vision systems, leakage and flow tests, mechatronics axis…

Cosberg aim is to supply machines to the highest level of reliability and productivity. The engineering innovation and technologies, the continued investment in research and development – have led Cosberg to become an international reality: our headquarters are in Terno d’Isola Italy, some branches are on the Italian territory and two sister companies in France and Brazil. Cosberg company Group counts 100 people employee, highly specialists in the design, mechanical, electrical and information technology, capable to realize and guarantee 100% of our solutions “tailor-made” as per customer requirements and products. More than 50% of Cosberg’s production is exported around the world.

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Contact Person: Mr. Enrique Gil     email: egil(a)grupodgh.es

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DGH is a company whose Central is located in the Technology Park at Boecillo (Valladolid) and specializes in Engineering (Robotic and Automation) and Industrial Maintenance. With a staff of over 250 people, with Work Centers of Barcelona, Madrid and Vigo and a presence in 16 provinces, it is capable of operating in Spain having already begun its international operations in Portugal and other countries. Since its inception in 1985, DGH has been a leader in introducing new technologies making robotic pointers projects in the largest domestic car manufacturers and has become the reference site for the groups to which they belong. That mindset and Innovative Technology Excellence search are two of the fundamental pillars on which DGH uses to diversify their business, seeking to meet specific needs of different industrial sectors (Automotion, aeronautics, rail … ) through novel approaches that provide technical and / or economic advantages over the competition. To maintain the technological leadership, DGH is on a continuous process of creating and managing various innovation networks that are arranged with different partners (suppliers of machinery, technology centers, etc.) with signed cooperation agreements in order to form consortia or groups of jobs that allow targeted attack optimally and the most successfully the challenges that arise in different industrial sectors.

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Contact Person: Mr. Arnold Kopitar     email: arnold.kopitar(a)nxtcontrol.com

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nxtControl GmbH has developed one of the first automation software products based on the new IEC61499 standard for distributed systems. Several technologies and techniques have been integrated to answer customer request for more flexibility and modularity of automation systems. By improving the vertical and horizontal integration, system integrators, machine builders and good manufactures take profit of more flexible, more independent and much more efficient automation engineering. nxtControl integrates the engineering of control logic, visualization, I/O connection and documentation in one single engineering tool.

The company has been founded in 2007 by a team of technicians and two system integrator companies. They were involved in the development of the products, to make sure that nxtControl software is customer orientated and coming up to industrial requirements. Since then a public and a private venture capital investor have taken shares in nxtControl. Today nxtControl GmbH consists of 15 employees including university graduates in mathematics, machine engineering, control engineering, software and hardware engineering as well as application engineers.

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Contact Person: Mr. Giovanni Borzi     email: g.borzi(a)enginsoft.it

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ES is an Italy-based multinational consulting company active in the field of Simulation-based Engineering and Sciences. Founded in 1984, over the years ES has become the partner of choice to support companies in design process innovation, thanks to the extensive skills of our highly qualified staff. ES provides a wide range of services including effective, high-quality consulting, advanced training, development of ad hoc custom software, and research. In Italy, ES employs about 120 engineers with multidisciplinary skills in a variety of contexts and technologies: large-scale, industrial, transportation, metallurgy and in all contexts in which simulation is a strategic asset for innovation and business competitiveness. ES makes extensive use of software solutions that match or exceed prevailing industry standards (ANSYS, MAGMA, Flowmaster, modeFRONTIER and others), and invests heavily in the use of infrastructure-based High Performance Computing (HPC) and Cloud Computing platforms.

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Contact Person: Dr. Mildred J. Puerto Coy     email: mildred.puerto(a)tecnalia.com

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Fundación Tecnalia Research & Innovation (www.tecnalia.com) is a private, non profit, research organisation resulting from the merger (1st January 2011) of eight research centers. Tecnalia is the leading private research and technology organisation in Spain and the fifth largest in Europe, employing 1,415 people, 57.5% men and 42.5% women (200 Ph.D) and with an income of 102 Million € in 2013. Tecnalia operates in the following market sectors: Industry and Transport, ICT, Sustainable Development, Innovation Systems and Health and Quality of Life. Tecnalia was very active in FP7, participating in 168 projects and coordinating 34 of them. Tecnalia has a strong market orientation aiming at achieving the major impact in economic terms, through the innovation and the technological development.