Smart and Flexible Clamping Solutions for Sealing (Sofocles)

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‘SOFOCLES’ will develop a Flexible, Reconfigurable and Smart Collaborative Robotic System for handling and clamping large and complex aeronautical components for different processes, e.g. sealing and welding.

The maturity of the needed technologies will be increased from the TRL6 reached in the first year (2020), up to TRL8, having at the end of 2021 two fully functional workcells integrating: 1 A coordinated and collaborative dual-robot system for very high payloads and with a high degree of autonomy, prepared for a safe and efficient Human-Robot (H-R) Collaboration; 2 A Flexible Handling and Tooling system, integrated on the robots, for manipulating and clamping the parts during the process (concept “Robot as a Tooling”); 3-A Digital Twin of the cell for the safe and efficient H-R interaction. SOFOCLES will integrate different industry 4.0 technologies: Large Industrial Collaborative Robotics; IoT; 3D Vision; Additive Manufacturing; Advanced Robotic Simulations; and, Data Analytics.

Lead Partner:



  • ACO
  • Aernnova
  • Keytech
  • Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation
  • University of Patras
  • Tecnalia

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