Innovation in industry 4.0
The introduction and integration of new technology tools by all players involved in industrial processes is becoming an essential aspect to carry on improving and innovating in the aeronautical industry, since they provide significant advantages in terms of increasing efficiency, operations optimisation and cost savings.
The projects we have undertaken or which we are developing under the framework of the “Factory of the Future” or “Industry 4.0” concept include the following:
Area of innovation: Advanced wiring systems
The Aim of the project is the development of electrical conductible polyester fibers. It is planned to implement graphene nano particles into the polyester fibers and spinning the fibers to cables which have the same electrical conductibility as copper wires. Trevira will take over the development of the fibers and AERTEC will perform the testing and the commercialization in the aviation industry. The new cables will have less weight and are cheaper in the manufacturing process.
AERTEC Solutions’ participation in this project is:
¬ Find a solution to connect graphene fibers to each other and to connectors
¬ Development of a demonstrator to show the performance and the industrial usability of the graphene fibers
¬ Development of a test rig for test regarding tensile strength, conductivity, endurance, vibrations …
¬ Aviation approval, e.g. for unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)
The partners in this project are: Trevira GmbH, Guben; Brandenburgische Technische Universität Cottbus – Senftenberg (BTU); AERTEC Solutions GmbH, Guben
Funding authority: European Union, European Regional Development Fund (Europäischer Fonds für regionale Entwicklung)
Area of innovation: Advanced wiring systems and control units
This project is led by Carbures Engineering (MDU) with the participation of AIRBUS Defence and Space, AERTEC Solutions and YFLOW as partners. It aims to develop and validate new manufacturing technologies under the Industry 4.0 paradigm which allow onboard electrical products to be manufactured. It takes alternative materials as a basis to do away with the dependence on copper, which is heavier and offers less performance.
NIOBE intends to develop a new manufacturing model for electrical wiring and switching centres in avionics from an innovative perspective based on state-of-the-art technology and new development methodologies (automation, high added value, quality and competitiveness). In order to achieve this, research will be conducted on innovative materials (like polymer fibres doped with carbon nanotubes, conductive inks and flexible electrical materials), as well as on applying digital control processes on them.
The NIOBE project’s file number is ITC-20151061 and it has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the “Smart Growth Operating Programme 2014-2020” and the Ministry of the Economy and Competitiveness through the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) under the ERDF INNTERCONECTA 2015 call.