TU Delft is building a smart manufacturing initiative in close collaboration with industries and local governments. Due to support by Kansen voor West 2, the initiative will be able to start commissioning equipment and open doors in January 2018.

Automation of composite manufacturing is the next step in the drive towards a sustainable environment and the ever increasing pressure to reduce cost. As a result, the demand for lightweight composite structures is growing exponentially. The composites industry is facing the daunting task to simultaneously increase production rates, quality and overall competitiveness. TU Delft is strong on both composites and robotics. That is why TU Delft is building an initiative on development and implementation of automation technology for manufacturing, assembling and inspection of large composite parts, in close collaboration with industries and local governments. The initiative will be supported by Kansen voor West 2. Due of this support to the initiative will be able to start commissioning equipment and open doors in January 2018. In the meantime, the first projects with partner Fokker GKN have started.

Smart manufacturing ecosystem

The faculty of Aerospace Engineering is spearheading the initiative in close collaboration with the Robotics Institute. Large-size robotics, advanced sensor technology and intelligent software algorithms will be brought together in support of the high-tech manufacturing industry. The initiative will assist the composites industry with growing, transitioning into smart manufacturing, accessing new markets, and reshoring of production. Located in the Technopolis Science Park along the Rotterdam-Amsterdam highway in close proximity to the TU Delft campus, the Rotterdam harbour and two international airports, the initiative will form the beating heart of a smart manufacturing ecosystem with ample opportunities for OEMs, SMEs, researchers and students alike.

Regional Aerospace Agenda Zuid-Holland 2016

The initiative is part of the regional Aerospace Agenda Zuid-Holland 2016. In this agenda universities, industries and local governments joined forces in aerospace to show the position of the Zuid-Holland region as the centre of gravity of aerospace within the Netherlands. A variety of projects has been collected to underline this position.

Questions or more information: Kjelt van Rijswijk (k.vanrijswijk@tudelft.nl)