We are excited to announce that the Advanced Aerostructure Technology Forum 2016 will be taking place at Lloyds Bank Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre on the MTC’s campus in Coventry on Thursday 16th June 2016.This one day conference marks the final dissemination event for the ground-breaking LOCOMACHS project and presents an exciting opportunity for attendees to see the results of the project through key presentations from leading partners and innovative live demonstrations.The 4 year LOCOMACHS journey has given rise to promising innovations in aerostructure design, manufacturing and assembly technologies . We want to show you how we achieved this and what this could mean for a wider industry.

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Locomachs: The Headlines

LOCOMACHS comes from the full project name- LOw COst Manufacturing and Assembly of Composite and Hybrid Structures

LOCOMACHS was set up to focus on significantly reducing or totally eliminating the most time-consuming and hence non-added value operations within aerostructure assembly.

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION supports LOCOMACHS. With a project budget of 33 M €, the project is being implemented over 4 years (2012-2016).

32 PARTNERS took part in LOCOMACHS, including some of the most prominent research institutes and universities in Europe as well as the leading European SMEs and large industries within the aeronautics sector. The project is led by Saab AB.

The final dissemination event for the european led consortium Locomachs project

Meet Some of the Speakers

Carmine Suriano

Senior Aerospace Manager- Finmeccanica

Working in composite fabrication and assembly; machining, tool design, numerical control programming. Today he is currently the Deputy Chief Engineer and IndustrialEngineer Manager for New Turboprop Program at Finmeccanica.

Mildred J. Puerto Coy, Ph.D.

Project Manager in the Robotics and Automation - Tecnalia

Doctor in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering (2010) by the Universidad de Navarra (TECNUN-CEIT). Since 2011, she works in Tecnalia as a researcher in the robotics and automation department. In 2014, she assumed additional responsibilities as project manager.

Lars Mattsson, PhD, Professor

Department head, Production Engineering, - KTH

Prof. Mattsson is the author or co-author of more than 130 scientific papers and two books. He has been working with optics for dimensional and surface metrology for the past 32 years at the former Institute of Optical Research, the industrial research institute Acreo and KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology, in Stockholm, Sweden.

Deniz Özel

Composite Technologies & Test Leader - Turkish Aerospace Industries

Graduating from Middle East Technical University, Chemistry Department in 1998 and receiving her Master of Science Degree. She specialises in aerospace non-metallic materials (prepregs, adhesives, sealants, etc.), corrosion protection and adhesive bonding of CFRP structures.

Magnus Engstrom

Assembly Technology Manager - Saab

Studying Institute of technology at Linköping University he gained a Master of Science and Mechanical Engineering. He is now the Technical director of SAAB led EC-funded project LOCOMACHS.

Mark Summers

Aerospace Technology Institute

Mark is Head of Technology – Structures, Manufacturing and Materials at the Aerospace Technology Institute in Cranfield, United Kingdom. He is responsible for delivery of the UK aerospace research programme through £3.9bn investment to grow the UK’s competitive position. profile. Before joining the ATI, Mark was Head of Manufacturing Engineering Research for Wing at Airbus Operations Ltd.

Peter Helgosson


Peter holds a MSc in Mechanical Engineering specialized in Reconfigurable Tooling Technology and System Integration. In recent years Peter has been working in different projects and manufacturing group focusing on modular and configurable tooling with imbedded metrology solutions. Peter is using his skills in digital manufacturing to streamline, realise and visualise futuristic proof of concepts.

Philipp Hilmer


Philipp is Deputy Head of Composite Technology at the Institute of Composite Lightweight Structures and Adaptronics. He holds a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Technical University of Braunschweig, his thesis title was 'Resource Efficiency of Manufacturing Processes for Fiber Reinforced Plastics'.

Anette Järneteg

Saab Aerostructures

Anette has both a Masters Mechanical Engineering and a Licentiate in Composite Materials from Linköping University, completing her diploma at Saab Aircraft Division in this field. Since 2012, she has worked at Saab as a Material and Process Engineer. She currently participates as a WP leader in national and EU R&D projects such as; Locomachs, SARISTU GF-demo, Clean Sky, Triple Use.

Hugo Falgarone


An expert in Airbus Group Innovations, Hugo has been a research project manager since 2001 on digital manufacturing and assembly simulations. His domain of expertise is a complex assembly simulation and digital factory topics.

Yehuda Sternberg


Yehuda Sternberg received his MSC (1986) in Physics and in Nuclear Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology. He has worked since specliased in Electromagnetism and NDT in IAI and Microelectronic Devices in Intel Semiconductors. He has 18 years of experience in NDT, mostly ultrasonics and X-Rays within composites.

Richard Blain CEng IMechE

Assembly Systems Research Engineer, MTC

Richard worked on the automated drilling and one way assembly tasks within LOCOMACHS and the development and testing of the Gudel Exechon Parallel Kinematic Machine tool. At the MTC, his focus is on machine set-up, testing and integration projects within machining heavy industrial components, drilling large aircraft structures, automated wax injection and the calibration of parallel kinematic machines.

Dr Kerstin Johansen

Linköping University

Senior researcher from Linköping University in Sweden focusing on integrated product and production development. Within the area of production research the focus is on how to implement human-robot collaboration in assembly tasks. The research is performed in close collaboration with industrial partners – such as aerospace, automotive and SMEs within automation.

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