The strategic research in precision engineering focuses on a wide variety of application areas such as systems and components from aerospace and nuclear industries to electronic, medical and optical parts. The demand for high precision systems is driven by the need to achieve technical, economic and environmental goals.
The technical goals of our research are related to improving the mechanical and physical characteristics in relation to the physical properties of the components, improving the operational performance and safety of systems and components working in harsh environments, and the integration of ICT to implement CPS. Economic concerns include reducing the design and production costs as well as keeping the products flexible and adaptable. A joint economic and environmental goal is the reduction of waste to increase sustainability. A final environmental goal is related to reducing the mass of components, which leads to lower energy consumptions and reduced carbon footprints.
In this context, our research activities on industrial dependability are directed to four focus areas:
- Equipment: design and build of precision machines and metrological instruments.
- Industrial metrology: calibration, traceability and uncertainty.
- Processes: precision manufacturing processes.
- Parts: dimensional, geometric characteristics and surface finish.
The research team on Industrial dependability is led by professor Andreas Archenti .