NEXT (Next Generation Production Systems) Print
This project started in September 2005 and it is planned to last 4 years. LIRMM is involved in this project and represents CNRS research activity for two other CNRS labs: IRCCyN and LASMEA. Our contribution in this project is related to  accuracy improvement (by external decoupled measurement or redundant sensing), workspace enlargement (thanks to kinematic redundancy) as well as the use of ecological materials (such as wood) for some structural parts.
 
In a broader point of view, this project involves 25 European partners (academic or industrial research centers and industrial partners). The  leader of the project is the Fatronik foundation.  This project intends to determine the machines of the future and the sector´s new business models that signify important technological, industrial and social advances in Europe, so contributing to the transformation the manufacturing industry is demanding, faced with the new challenges that arise: delocalization, low manufacturing costs in emerging economies…