|AMRC Manufacturing Ltd|
|N. Bazigos S.A|
|University of Patras|
TEKS is a privately owned French SME actively involved in manufacturing, process design and optimisation. The company was established to respond to a need identified in the aerospace supply chain to introduce greater levels of process optimisation formally seen in the automotive sector; TEKS partners have expertise in both industrial sectors. TEKS has its legal base close to the Alps in France, simulation facilities in the South of France (Hyeres, Toulon) and a laboratory testing and clean manufacturing optimisation centre in the UK (Porthmadog, North Wales), but has a unique business model which enables the company to support customers in advanced research activities relating to new process and materials development. In addition to process optimisation TEKS works with key collaborators to provide access to “state of the art’’ manufacturing and structural integrity testing facilities. TEKS has a good working relationship with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC), the most advanced facility for manufacturing technology in the world.
TEKS is developing new products and processes for the manufacturing and structural analysis of novel materials for advanced aerospace and automotive applications. This is a key area of research as the aerospace industry strives to find lighter materials and high temperature and wear resistance materials and coatings to improve the efficiency of commercial aircraft. In particular TEKS is deeply involved in several industrial R&D projects for the development of new strategies for sustainable and cost effective manufacturing. TEKS is at present participating in 7 FP7 funded projects in the field of manufacturing (five running and two about to start in 2010). The company expertise includes process design and optimisation of manufacturing processes (machining, welding, assembling, fixturing), advanced materials development for automotive and aerospace applications, rapid manufacturing, first parts prove out and technical expertise on engineering, materials development, manufacturing, bio-security and risk analysis.
TEKS also provides advanced industrial manufacturing services. TEKS has experience with drilling using ABB robots and machining and drilling with hexapods. In all applications involving robotics machine stability is a major issue.
TEKS has the expertise in adaptive control and damping to enable optimum performance to be achieved from a robotic platform.