“Atos takes part in European R&D project RePAIR to revolutionize aircraft maintenance with 3D printing”
Twelve organizations join forces to develop additive technologies for in situ manufacturing of spare aircraft parts
Atos, an international IT services company has joined a consortium of twelve partners in the RepAIR project (Future RepAIR and Maintenance for Aerospace Industry), partially funded by the European Commission, to develop a system for aircraft maintenance and repairs through the integration of Additive Manufacturing technologies or 3D printing. Atos will offer its expertise via its international Research & Innovation and Engineering Services teams, based in Spain.
Atos will participate in the development of Integrated Vehicle Health Management technology to predict the failure of components made using these new manufacturing technologies. Atos also participates in the creation of the IT platform that will integrate fault prediction, parts supply management, repairs and process certification elements. In order to achieve this, Atos is relying on its broad experience in product and process certification, as well as its deep knowledge in Additive Manufacturing technologies. Atos will also take on the evaluation and validation of the developed technologies, and coordinate promotional and commercial exploitation activities.
The objective of the consortium is to make the future of aircraft repairs and maintenance more efficient by using Additive Manufacturing, a technology that is already being adopted by key players in the aerospace sector, such as the ESA in the AMAZE project. The principal contribution of RepAIR will be developing a new set of technologies to maximize the benefits of 3D printing systems and bring to the aerospace industry further flexibility to produce parts at the right place and the right time.
The scope of the project covers everything from the prediction of when and where the spare part shall be needed, to the capacity to perform aircraft maintenance and repair in situ using direct integrated digital manufacturing. RepAIR seeks to improve efficiency in repair processes, guaranteeing the fulfillment of all navigability requirements, particularly those aspects concerning maximum performance and responsibility. Findings resulting rom this project may also improve the performance and reliability of new parts.
According Jorge Pereira, Head of Aeronautics & Construction of the Research & Innovation group at Atos, "we at Atos believe that the time has come for a final push to additive technologies in manufacturing, and RepAIR is a great opportunity to bring all the advantages of this approach to the aeronautical industry. We have in the consortium a group of partners that are leaders in their respective fields, and we have the support of the European Commission and of key actors in the industry, so we expect that the results of the RepAIR project will mark a before and an after in the aeronautical maintenance in Europe and the United States".
The consortium comprises twelve partners from Europe and the US, companies and leading international bodies whose activities are linked to Additive Manufacturing technology, and companies related to the aeronautical sector: Atos, the Metal-Processing Technology Institute –AIMME- and O´Gayar Consulting 2009 (Spain); APR SRL (Italy); Avantys Engineering, SLM Solutions, Lufthansa Technik and the University of Paderborn (Germany); Boeing (US); Cranfield University (United Kingdom); and the Danish Technology Institute -DTI- and Danish Aerotech (Denmark).
The project will be carried out over three years and is expected to present a direct application of the developments in demonstrations featuring real parts for specific aircrafts.
For more information about the project, please visit www.rep-air.eu
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