Carbures celebrates 15 years, from its origin as a spin off from the University of Cádiz. Since its inception, the Company has been promoting cutting-edge technological developments applied to manufacturing processes in the aerospace and automotive sectors, mainly. "We have just closed an internal process of technological development that is very relevant, not only for us, because of the new positioning it brings us, but also for the market and our industrial capacity, positioning us as a leading reference in the sector. From a know-how developed during years of specialization, we have managed to make a qualitative and quantitative leap which is very relevant in our industrial capacity", affirms the President and founder of the Company, Rafael Contreras.
Carbures 4.0, 'intelligent' technology in the automotive industry
In terms of advances in proprietary technology, Carbures has developed lines with artificial 'intelligence' that are implemented in the manufacturing and assembly processes of parts and systems of automobiles (braking, steering ...). Artificial vision consists in equipping the linear with cameras in two phases of the manufacturing or assembly process. The first is the visualization of the piece to be manufactured or assembled to determine the exact place where the industrial process begins. Not all the pieces start from the same position and these cameras allow the linear to detect and locate the piece to adjust its manufacturing process to each piece. The linear is equipped with 'intelligent' software that allows you to adjust the process to each piece and its different location. The second use deriving from the artificial vision is the verification of the quality and operation of both parts and assembly of part systems. The benefits of the own technology of artificial vision that Carbures has developed are: accelerate manufacturing processes, guide collaborative robots, give greater flexibility in the line for different part variants and absorb differences in tolerances within the same product, in addition to ensuring the safety of the process. The next step developed by Carbures is to implement this technology in the industrial process of the aeronautical sector.
The second way that the Company has developed to enter in the Industry 4.0 is the sensorization of composite structures. Carbures has developed the industrial capacity to manufacture parts and structures of carbon fiber, both for airplanes, as for automobiles and civil works structures, equipped with sensors inside that send information to a switchboard. A specific development software allows interpreting the data collected in the switchboard and thus determine with total precision the state of the pieces or structures and, thus, undertake repair if necessary, efficiently. In addition, it allows to minimize the maintenance costs of those parts or structures. Among other things, the sensors allow to warn of excessive temperatures in the pieces, if it has caused deformations, breaks, etc., giving as a final result an intelligent structure.