CIDAUT (Valladolid, Spain –

CIDAUT is a private non-profit institution committed to strengthening the industrial fabric in the transport and energy sectors, through specific research and development programs. At European level, CIDAUT has extensive experience in project management and will therefore coordinate the project.

Belgian Welding Institute (Zwijnaarde, Belgium –

BWI is an independent non-profit organisation, providing welding research and development, education, training and transferring knowledge and all service-relevant information to the industry. BWI has more than 25 years of experience with solid-state welding processes, in particular with friction-based processes.

ISEND (Valladolid, Spain –

ISEND is a company specialised in the development of technological solutions for the detection of surface defects in steel and other metals. It is a high-tech company, focused on the design, manufacture and development of non-destructive testing solutions based mainly by Eddy current techniques, but also on digital imaging for online and offline metal products producers.

STIRWELD (Bruz, France –

STIRWELD is a French start-up specialising in producing low cost FSW (Friction Stir Welding) solutions, founded in 2017. Its mission is to guide companies in the discovery and implementation of the FSW technology. STIRWELD will use its expertise for the investigation of FSW of aluminium to steel.

TRICYLON ROBOTICS (Göteborg, Sweden –

TRICYLON was founded in 2019 under its first name as Rophi with the purpose of solving some of the most urgent issues in enabling Industry 4.0. With its proprietary technology MONARCH and unique design for robots, linear actuators and software systems, TRICYLON offers world leading solutions in terms of rigidity, precision for the manufacturing and assembly industry. The MONARCH robot will be used for creation of 3D FSW joints.

SSAB (Borlänge, Sweden –

SSAB is a highly-specialized global steel company who develops high-strength steels and provides services for better performance and sustainability. The company is a leading producer on the global market for Advanced High-Strength Steels (AHSS) and Quenched & Tempered Steels, strip, plate and tubular products, as well as construction solutions. SSAB’s steels and services help to make end products lighter and increase their strength and lifespan.

Element6 (Shannon, Ireland –

Element Six is a global leader in the design, development and production of synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide supermaterials. Element6’s focus has been on developing the diamond synthesis process to enable innovative synthetic diamond and tungsten carbide solutions. Among its activities within is the design and development of tools for friction stir welding.

GRANALU (Segovia, Spain –

GRANALU is a leading company in the construction of aluminium tipping semi-trailers and movable floors. GRANALU is a young company with a highly qualified staff in the handling different machining and welding processes. As part of the project, GRANALU will replace the bolted connections of the aluminium-to-steel constructions with FSW.

HIAB (Hudiksvall, Zweden –

HIAB is a Swedish manufacturer of loader cranes, demountable container handlers, forestry cranes, truck-mounted forklifts and tail lifts. Its customers range from single truck owners to international fleet operators across a wide variety of industries. As the industry pioneer, HIAB is committed to inspire and shape the future of the loader cranes sector. Thus, HIAB will investigate FSW for welding of high strength steels for loader crane applications.