Shaping the future of production

For future challenges of world leading Swedish industry.

Workshop 1 for sustainable production technology

On 5 March, the first workshop within the framework of COMPIT, the purpose of which is to develop methods for sustainable production technology.

SAAB and XPRES in joint workshop

A number of research suggestions were presented when SAAB and XPRES met in January during a one-day workshop at the XPRES Lab in order to discuss opportunities in extended aviation research.

"Swedish aviation industry has historically played an incredibly important role for technology development in our country, and will continue to do so in the future as well”, says Thomas Lundholm, researcher at KTH and manager of XPRES.

Gears in focus

The network meeting for gear manufacturing annually attract around fifty professionals within the academy and industry. The fall 2013 gear meeting took place at Uddeholm, Hagfors with Uddeholms AB's Staffan Gunnarsson as host.

“At the gear meetings you meet industry colleagues and the foremost Swedish specialists within gear manufacturing”, says Thomas Lundholm, researcher at KTH and manager of XPRES. We also invite international lecturers.

XPRES composite branch is ready for use

KTH’s Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering is home to the unique XPRES branch lab, which carries out manufacturing research and material characterisation. Following extensive renovation and centralisation, the lab is now back in full use. Senior lecturer Malin Åkermo and researcher Magnus Burman say they look forward to stronger cooperation within XPRES.

“Today, industry is asking how it can manufacture large production runs of structural composite components,” says Åkermo. “This is a challenge for the existing technology. We’re experts when it comes to composite materials, but we also need expertise and thinking within production technology.”

Cloud-based services for future production

Collaborative and Adaptive Process Planning for Sustainable Manufacturing Environments (CAPP-4-SME) is a consortium of eleven partners including four universities, a multinational manufacturing company as well as six small and medium-sized companies from five European countries.

The consortium's main goal is to promote technological innovations for future factories. The diversity of experience and knowledge available within the consortium enables a unique knowledge sharing both technical expertise for industrial applications and the dissemination of research results across Europe

LISA intends to meet future demands in production lines

The industries of near future demand sustainable and competitive production systems, which set high demands on productivity, flexibility, reduced environmental impact and factory safety.

In collaboration with Chalmers University, Lund University, Scania, Volvo Cars and LEAX, KTH – Royal Institute of Technology has started the project FFI LISA (Line information systems architecture) with the goal of developing an information architecture that can be used in industrial production systems. The architecture is intended to capture data from production lines and convert the captured data into useful and consistent information in order to facilitate decision making in production settings.

XPRES: a cohesive initiative

It has been four years since the application for the XPRES research initiative was approved. XPRES is now working hard to focus its targets, with the overall vision of becoming a world-leading research and education platform.

“XPRES has a bright future,” says Professor Bengt Lindberg. “So far, we have received a great deal of positive feedback. We achieved what the Swedish Government tasked us with doing: appointing two professors and building up a physical lab and a digital lab.

“What we need to do next is exceed the Government’s expectations.”

Future challenges in production technology

Invited to Scania to hold a presentation on future challenges in production technology, professor in Mechanical Engineering, Axel Herrmann spent an afternoon at KTH - Royal Institute of Technology and the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.

Professor Axel Herrmann has over twenty years of experience in structural mechanics and process development for carbon-fiber composites and since 2004, he is president of Composite Technology Center GmbH (CTC), manufacturing of aircraft wings for all Airbus aircraft. A few weeks ago, he visited the Department of Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.


Innovative concepts for future automotive

The start up meeting for the Vinnova funded FFI project Compit (Capability of Machining Systems and Performance Improvement Technologies) was held on April 19th at the Department of Production Engineering at KTH.

The main goal of the project is to supply Swedish industry with new, innovative and performance enhancing technologies, and methodologies for capabilityanalysis of processing systems.

The ultimate goal of the project is to increase the capacity and robustness of the existing processing systems and to allow the processing of next generation high-strength materials.


Engineers of the future

“I thought this kind of technology only existed in sci-fi movies.”

In February, a rather unusual enquiry appeared in researcher Thomas Lundholm’s inbox. “We’re two 15-year-old girls with an interest in maths, physics and technology. We’ll be doing our work experience placement soon, would it be possible for us to do it at your department?”

And that’s how it came to be that, while their classmates worked at cafés, supermarkets and pet shops, Sonja Henriksson and Irma Monemi spent two weeks working at the Department of Production Engineering and the Department of Mechanical Engineering.


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