The new Industry 4.0 paradigm includes the design, development and implementation of new manufacturing processes to provide solutions to industry-specific issues. The ultimate goal is to contribute to enhance the competitiveness of the productive sector, through technological improvements with manufacturing processes more flexible, reconfigurable, interconnected and efficient.
Our lines of research are focused on:
- Advanced Assembly and Disassembly Technology
High productivity, quality and performance joining. Process development, control, automation, energy and material efficiency, process planning. Design for Disassembly & EOL (End of Life).
- Flexible Manufacturing Cells
Machine vision, offline/intuitive programming, reactive planning, re-configurability, process integration. Single manufacturing systems for variable production scenarios and product specifications.
- Integrated Monitoring and Control
Embedding process monitoring and control, embedded vision and spectral imaging systems, non destructive testing and quality control (dimensional, functional) in the production equipment.
- Mass Customization and Dynamic Production
Reduction of the minimum feasible (technical and economically) batch size. Combination of advanced materials (cellular, foams, multilayer), additive-sustractive-forming processes. Functions through manufacturing (densification, foaming, forming… to modify functions of a single base material).