Asociación de Investigación Metalúrgica del Noroeste
AIMEN is a Non-Profit association constituted by 100 companies, which supplies technological support to more than 400 companies dedicated to industrial or commercial activity related to metallurgy, automotive sector, civil construction, mechanics, shipbuilding, chemicals, foundry, machinery, ceramics, food, cement, wood and its by-products, plastics, engineering, assembly and others. AIMEN promotes and undertakes research, as well as improves manufacturing technologies in these sectors.
Located in the Northwest of Spain, AIMEN is a highly-professionalized organisation with more than 200 employees specialised in Robotics & Control Engineering, Materials and Manufacturing Process Engineering, and Laser Processing. Its mission is to improve competitiveness and technology know-how of manufacturing Industry. In this project, AIMEN will contribute with its competence in the field of flexible manufacturing, perception, robotics, control systems and mechatronics design, supporting SMEs in technology transfer, training and business development.
AIMEN has active presence in the main European and National technology platforms and initiatives related with robotics, specifically in EFFRA and euRobotics. AIMEN has an active role in these initiatives and has contributed to the definition of R&D&i priorities at European or national level, including the_ RIS3-Galicia strategy. AIMEN is also present in other national and international expert panels, consulting committees, groups and societies like sectorial industry clusters (automotive, shipbuilding, metalworking), as well as in SEIDROB (Spanish Society for the Robotics Research and Development).
Involvement in MERGING
The main role of AIMEN in the project will be the development of the multi-level perception system for environment awareness and process control. Specifically, AIMEN will be in charge of leading the WP5 that also includes the hazard identification and risk analysis regarding the deployment of the proposed technologies in the demonstration scenarios. It will be supported by their experience related with these activities, demonstrated in previous projects. Human tracking, visual servoing and control architecture development are long term competences of their Robotics & Control Unit.