Industrial operators discover the strategic functionality of the Dummy Tool

Industry is constantly evolving. To achieve a real adaptation to the new production requirements, it is almost mandatory to bet on innovation. In Aitiip Technology Centre, its team of engineers has developed a new tool called "Dummy Tool", which could revolutionise industrial production and robotic programming in the future. It is once of the main develops achieved within HELACS project. It is a tool created with the aim to make effective the optimization of technological processes through the use of intelligent techniques. For example, when a robot is mounted on a land AGV system, being easily operated with a dummy tool.

Industrial operators discover the strategic functionality of the Dummy Tool

This tool, based on the concept of "agile production", has been shown to different industrial representatives in an Open Day organised by Aititiip. During the session, participants have approached the interesting universe of industrial robotics, immersing themselves in its possibilities, challenges and applications, knowing first-hand the high functionalities offered by tools such as the Dummy Tool.

The team of engineers from Aitiip, creators of the tool, have reviewed the basic notions of teaching and robotic programming, giving great prominence to the system of coordinates in "six degrees of freedom" with which workers operate when handling the Dummy Tool. The operator, with Dummy Tool in hand, uses his movements to demarcate the route that the robot should follow, and once the robot has captured the trajectory - which also involves the work of a group of sensors and cameras - it repeats it with a high degree of autonomy and precision.

During the Open Day, the participants, in addition to attending an intensive theoretical session, had the opportunity to visit the technology centre's facilities.

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  • For aircrafts that are no longer in service, the owner considers the trade-off between direct resale and disassemble & recycled. Besides that, HELACS project (Holistic processes for the cost-effective and sustainable management of End of Life of Aircraft Composite Structures) is focused on the study of the second one of these options.

  • AITIIP Technology Centre leads HELACS, a European project which aims to develop a dual methodology of controlled comprehensive dismantling in order to make possible the classification, recycling and reuse of aircraft parts made of thermoset and thermoplastic composites that have reached their end of life. Annually, the aeronautical industry is depositing more than 40,000 tons of end-of-life composite material waste in landfills. Thanks to the recovery of materials, the technology proposed by HELACS will benefit the change towards an energy efficiency model.

  • You can now download the official HELACS project brochure. A project comes to transform the dismantling process of the aircraft of the future. HELACS employs novel robotics to recycle composite materials of large components. The HELACS process is based on the application of high water pressure that will selectively chop the thermoset parts into a dimension suitable for recycling. In addition, the pyrolysis process is used for the carbonization of the thermoset matrix to reuse the carbon fibers that overcome this chemical decomposition.

This project has received funding from the Clean Sky 2 Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement Nº 101007871
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