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Consortium: FMTC - LMS.Imagine - PICANOL - JOBS - ECEngineering - CNR-ITIA - K.U.Leuven - FIDIA (- Locations across Europe: View Larger Map -)


Organisation description

Flanders Mechatronics Technology Centre vzw (FMTC) is a new research centre, operating since October 2003. It is an initiative of Agoria, the Belgian multi-sector federation for the technology industry, and fourteen leading mechatronic companies in Flanders. The Flanders Mechatronics Technology Centre wants to be a bridge between academic and industrial know-how in mechatronics and thereby improve its member companies’ competitiveness on the world market. For achieving this, the centre executes industry driven mid-term and long-term research projects. To realise its mission, FMTC closely cooperates with the Production Engineering, Machine Design and Automation division of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and with Sirris, former WTCM-CRIF.
For its operation, FMTC is supported by the Flemisch government via IWT.

role in the project

FMTC was the project coordinator and did the project management. As FMTC is experienced in defining scopes of projects and requirements of research developments in a setting where several partners are involved, FMTC was also leading WP1 in which the scope of the ESTOMAD project and the specifications of the ESTOMAD framework were defined.

website FMTC


Organisation description

IMAGINE was founded as an engineering company from the Claude Bernard University in Lyon in 1986. The company was introduced on the Paris Second Stock Market in 2000 and was acquired by LMS International in 2006. The current core business is the development, marketing and user support of the AMESim software for general system simulation, addressing a multi-sector customer base. LMS Imagine has a major experience in automotive and drive system applications. The numerical quality of the platform, the richness of the element libraries and the know-how of the development team are the perfect basis for a forward research and expansion strategy. IMAGINE has also set up a dense network of industrial and academic partnerships, such as with PSA for vehicle dynamics applications. Other examples are OPAL-RT for Real-Time Applications and IFP for powertrain and many universities and research centres, in particular ECL and INSA Lyon for France and the University Polytechnic of Bucharest for Europe.

role in the project

LMS Imagine provided its state of the art software package AMESim as a platform for development and implementation of the envisaged methodologies for energy flow analysis. AMESim offers a simulation suite to model and analyze the functional performance of multi-domain, intelligent systems and is well suited as a test platform for enhancement with energy efficiency features. LMS Imagine extended the capabilities of AMESim towards energy flow analysis, led WP4 and provided the necessary support to use the package throughout the project. Furthermore, LMS Imagine brought in its expertise in energy modelling schemas during the methodology development and addressed its customer network for dissemination of the novel methodologies and tools.

website LMS.Imagine


Organisation description

The Picanol Group is already for more than half a century a world player in the domain of high-tech weaving machine construction. Besides the main office in Ypres, Belgium, the Picanol Group has production facilities in Asia, Europe and the United States, linked to an own world-wide service and sales network. The Picanol Group employs 2.200 people and is listed on Euronext Brussels (PIC). The Picanol Group business model is based on three core divisions: Weaving, Mechatronics and Manufacturing. The Weaving Division specializes in looms where the insertion of the weft thread is done by pneumatics (airjet looms) and in looms where it is done by rapier technology. All the research and development, just as the production of the looms for the high end market, takes place in Ypres, Belgium. At the subsidiary in Suzhou, China, the middle end looms are assembled. More information can be found on http://www.picanolgroup.com/picgroupsite.

role in the project

Being an industrial project partner and a machine manufacturer, Picanol provided a demonstrator case to evaluate the developed methodologies and tools. More specifically, Picanol used these methodologies and tools to model the energy consumption of an rapier weaving loom. The energy flows in the existing mechanical drive system were mapped, and optimised. Next to providing an existing test case, Picanol will also apply the outcome of the ESTOMAD project in the design of a new generation of weaving looms.

website PICANOL


Organisation description

JOBS spa (www.jobs.it) was founded at the end of the 70’s for the production of robots and automation systems. The company evolved its activities during the 80’s to the production of high-tech multi-axis machine tools. Since 1980 JOBS has been producing 3 and 5 axes machines and automated milling systems with High Power and High Speed, which are employed world-wide by the most advanced manufacturing industries for high-tech machining. JOBS exports 80% of its production to the most industrialised countries and its main site employs approx. 220 employees: JOBS is a bench-mark company in the field of 5-axis high speed machining in the Aerospace, Car Industry, General Mechanical and Energy sectors.

role in the project

JOBS, being an industrial project partner and manufacturer of machine tools, also provided a demonstrator case. More specifically, JOBS worked on the energy consumption modelling of their LinX and Jomach 146 milling centres.

website JOBS


Organisation description

EC Engineering (www.ec-e.pl), EC group Projects, Research & Development - is a company based in Krakow, in Poland. Established in 1997, it is a high tech engineering company with a broad experience in the design and implementation of monitoring systems, noise and vibration measurement, modelling and control, damage detection in structures and software development. EC Engineering staff has a deep knowledge of current needs and requirements along with the experience in modern CAD/CAM technologies, finite element modelling, multi-body dynamics and full systems modelling technology. The combination of several years of experience in mechanical structure design (railway vehicles, machineries) for industrial customers such as Alstom, FEV, Neoplan and Bombardier, and outstanding skills in designing and implementing data acquisition, modelling and storage systems make EC Engineering well suited for their task in the project.

role in the project

Based on their relevant experience, EC Engineering dealt with the validation and evaluation of the developed methods and tools, both on component, (sub)system and a machine level. There involvement mainly consisted of testing and modelling of the benchmark components and subsystems and the coordination of the demonstration activities. As such, they led WP5.

website ECEngineering


Organisation description

CNR-ITIA (www.itia.cnr.it), a promoter of industrial innovation, performs strategic activities of Scientific Research and Technological Development for the competitiveness and sustainability of Italian and European Manufacturing Industries. ITIA-CNR works in tight collaboration with Enterprises, Universities, Research Centres and Institutions within National, European and International Programmes, Projects and Industrial Contracts. ITIA-CNR has been working on other addressed topics within European RTD and industrial projects and within standardization committees in reference to both machines and production systems (re-)configurability issues. It also contributes to and supports the European initiative MANUFUTURE and is member of the OSACA Association and International Federation of Robotics.

role in the project

CNR-ITIA took the lead in the WP on energy design and testing methodology (WP3). CNR-ITIA has not only contacts with scientific institutes like universities, but also with industry, including both component builders/providers and machine manufacturers. Using this experience, CNR-ITIA contributed to the activities and methodologies concerning design for energy efficiency and the activities around co-design.

website CNR-ITIA


Organisation description

The K.U.Leuven (http://www.kuleuven.be/english), being the 8th European university in the 2007 Leiden ranking, is a charter member of the League of European Research Universities (LERU). The K.U.Leuven is the largest university in Belgium. It has 33000 students and a staff of 8600, with 14 faculties covering all disciplines in humanities, life sciences, physical sciences and engineering. The Noise and Vibration Research Group of the Mechanical Engineering Department (http://www.mech.kuleuven.be/mod/) has a longstanding history and internationally highly recognized expertise in the field of vibro-acoustic analysis, control and analysis of mechanical structures and (multi-physics) numerical modelling of mechanical and mechatronic systems.

role in the project

Given its scientific background on (multi-physics) numerical modelling of mechanical and mechatronic systems, K.U.Leuven took the lead in WP2 in which the energy component modelling methodology was developed.

website K.U.Leuven


Organisation description

Fidia is a world leader in the design, construction and marketing of integrated systems for the milling of complex forms. Fidia main products are: Numerical Controls for milling systems, high-speed milling systems, CAM software, servo drives. The main area of application is the manufacturing of moulds and dies, the main markets are automobile industry, aerospace industry, and others. The company has its headquarters in Turin (Italy), but subsidiaries for service and sales are present all around the world, where its customers are located. Fidia recently opened a specific site located in Bari (Italy) totally dedicated to research activities. Fidia is committed to developing solutions aiming at improving the NC and machine tools performances in several directions, such as: Dynamics, Process Control, NC Architecture.

role in the project

FIDIA has a strong experience as machine tool manufacturer, but focused its participation to the project mainly as component supplier (Numerical Control, Motors and Drives). In this role, FIDIA worked on the optimal selection of motors and drives, the optimal tuning rules for the axes controllers and especially the introduction of innovative management strategies for the auxiliary equipment, which were integrated in the ESTOMAD methodology and framework.

website FIDIA

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