Laser welding adaptive control system

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Final meeting of RADICLE’s project at MTC Coventry, UK

After 4 years of ongoing collaboration and research RADICLE is coming to an end, as the final meeting between members came to an end. In Coventry (UK), from the 15th to the 18th of October, all members from the project’s consortium (MTC, GE, CRF, Rolls-Royce, GKN Aerospace, LOE, Permanova, VTT, TWI, BIT ADDICT and EWF) gathered in MTC’s facilities to showcase the final product of the RADICLE project.

With the hard work of all partners from the consortium it was possible to develop a laser process head with real-time dynamic control system using intelligent and predictive control technologies for in-process monitoring and control, targeted to minimize/eliminate defects for a range of materials and geometries in laser processing technologies applicable from the aerospace and automotive industries to medical or agriculture sectors.

We are happy to announce that we developed a laser system that helped us achieve all desired objectives, delivering a brighter future for Europe’s laser manufacturing and advanced processing industry. The built system pushes forward the knowledge on laser processing of advanced materials which will be applied on the most challenging areas (i.e. aerospace and automotive). Although the project is coming to an end, the developments obtained will stay around and mould the future of laser processing.

RADICLE project showcased at the 7th General Assembly of the European Joining Sub-platform to Manufuture

On the 16th of November of 2017, Mark Holden, Radicle’s coordinator explained the consortium’s approach to the development of the dynamic control system for laser welding. The presentation took place during the 7th General Assembly of the European Joining Sub Platform to Manufuture.
This event focused on discussing several essential industry challenges, a few of them targeted by the Radicle project too.

The presentation allowed every attendant to have a closer look at the project and its consortium partners. The project coordinator also disclosed Radicle’s primary objectives towards the fulfilment of market needs along with the future steps to be performed in the project’s last year of development.

The 7th General Assembly of the European Joining Sub-platform to Manufuture took place during the EWF 25th Anniversary. The event consisted in one week with several conferences and meetings to debate the future of Europe’s Industry, how to maintain the competitivity and what are the required challenges to have a prepared workforce.

The objective was to bring together representatives leading industry, policymakers, researchers and experts to debate on the future of European industry and the qualifications needed to achieve it.

For one week, more than 250 participants had the opportunity to contribute, ask questions, interact and to visit the posters exhibition, with posters of research and development projects and vocational education and training educational projects organised by EWF, as well as the additive manufacturing poster exploitation, organised by AM-Motion.

RADICLE was one of the projects that caught the participant’s attention, as its roll-up banner and poster were also showcased.

The interactive week conference was an excellent occasion to learn more about the latest industry trends, the approach to vocational educational training, about the EU Framework programmes, such as Erasmus+ and H2020, and the initiatives of European Commission regarding the manufacturing area.

Training event for RADICLE system sensor

During August 2017, at The MTC in Coventry, partners of the RADICLE project attended a dedicated training session for one of the Laser welding in-process monitoring sensors used in the RADICLE system.

The objective of this training, provided by the sensor manufacturer, was to showcase the features and possibilities it offers, while increasing the partners’ expertise on the technology, to integrate it with the complete RADICLE system better.

6th Consortium Meeting – Month 24

During February 21st and 22nd, 2017 the partners involved in the RADICLE project gathered together for the 24-month meeting to discuss about the progress of the Horizon2020 project.

At this meeting, each partner presented their work developed so far, exchanging good practices and taking the pulse of the project’ progress.
One of the main outcomes of this meeting was the successful debate on the design of the RADICLE laser head.
This meeting was organized by TWI and took place in Cambridge, UK.

Radicle Project is reaching its second half

On the 1st and 2nd of September, the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting will organise the M18 meeting of the Radicle project. This meeting marks a turning point in the project since it will mean that the project is entering its second half.

In this meeting, hosted by EWF, representatives of different companies will be present: General Electric (GE), Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA, Rolls-Royce PLC, GKN Aerospace Sweden AB, Laser Optical Engineering Limited, Permanova Lasersystem AB, The Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus VTT and TWI Limited. This list of partners demonstrates the potential impact of the Radicle project in companies that use laser welding as one of their manufacturing process.

RADICLE presented at the 69th IIW Annual Assembly in Melbourne, Australia

European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting presented RADICLE project on 11th of July 2016 at the Commission IV “Power Beam Processes”, during the 69th IIW Annual Assembly which took place in Melbourne, Australia.

Radicle project’s objectives and results were presented to the audience, as well as the laser welding process monitoring split in three main loops (Seam tracking and pre-process adaptive control, In-process Monitoring, Post-process Welding NDT/NDE) and pointing out the project focus in developing this laser welding monitoring system in accordance with the identified industrial needs and requirements. The uniqueness of this approach is in the use of data from all three loops of laser welding monitoring to inform the control system and adjust the weld parameters in order to control and fault preventing or fixing.