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Robots will build aerostructures at Terma

News International-French

10 Feb 2016

The objective of a development project is for the production of aerostructures in carbon fiber and composites to be automated.

The production of aerostructures in carbon fiber and composites at Terma in Grenaa will be automated. This will strengthen the company's international competitiveness.

This is the objective of a new three-year development project which Terma will initiate with RoboTool, University of Southern Denmark (SDU), Aalborg University (AAU), Technical University of Denmark (DTU), and the Dutch NLR – Netherlands Aerospace Centre.

"One of our biggest challenges in the production of aerostructures in carbon fiber is that a large part of the manufacturing process is manual," explains Jesper Freltoft, Vice President, Manufacturing Engineering at Terma Aerostructures in Grenaa. Terma manufactures a number of parts in carbon fiber and composites for the U.S. F-35 fighter aircraft.

"With support from the Innovation Fund Denmark (12.8 MDKK), we will establish a technology center, where a consortium over the next three years will test a range of technologies that are necessary to develop robots and automated production technology. I expect that we can achieve a significant reduction in the total production time in large parts of our current production. This will truly strengthen Terma’s international competitiveness in the production of aerostructures, says Jesper Freltoft.

Advanced composite materials are used in more and more products and used in a variety of industries. By remaining at the forefront of production technology, Danish companies can ensure a valuable competitive edge.

The six members of the consortium contributes with a test setup (RoboTool), a vision system for quality assurance (DTU), programming plus project administration (SDU), simulation and material models (AAU), and mechanics (NLR). Terma is responsible for managing the project and provides facilities for building a full-scale test center.

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