The Korea Institute of Machinery and Materials (President Sang-jin Park, hereinafter referred to as KIMM), signed an MOU in the fields of advanced manufacturing and robotics with research institutes in Spain and Greece, two of European leaders in outstanding mechanical technology, in order to accelerate international cooperation with European countries, says an article published on Businesskorea.
Leading technology center
President Sang-jin Park of KIMM signed an MOU at the University of Patras, Greece to promote industry-academia-research cooperation with EIT Manufacturing*, an industry-academia-research council of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), and the Laboratory for Manufacturing System and Automation (LMS) at the University of Patras*, a leading technology center for robotics, in order to promote comprehensive international cooperation, such as conducting international joint research in the field of manufacturing equipment and exchanging human resources and information among the institutes.
The delegation of KIMM toured the LMS’s research facilities and discussed further international joint research projects in robotics that KIMM and LMS have jointly conducted via the EU research and innovation program ‘Horizon Europe.’
Robot system technology
KIMM has developed smart mechatronics technology, AI-based control technology, and user-friendly interface technology for intelligent goods handling, with the aim of developing AI-based robot system technology for smart manufacturing, in collaboration with the LMS of the University of Patras in Greece and 16 institutes from 7 countries including Germany and Italy.
In particular, KIMM’s research has focused on smart mechatronics technologies, such as robotic hands and universal grippers, and user-friendly interface technologies, such as smart teaching devices, all that KIMM has an edge on. These technologies will be applied in various fields, such as elevator manufacturing, logistics warehouses, and aircraft assembly.
Network for mutual exchange
Before this cooperation, KIMM conducted online meetings requested by the Spanish institute seeking KIMM’s cooperation on advanced mechanical technology.
KIMM is also seeking international joint research in 3D printing in Europe. The researchers, on Wednesday, May 24, visited the Computer Integrated Manufacturing Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (CIM UPC) in Catalonia, Spain to sign an MOU and hold discussions to discover projects for international joint research on metal 3D printing, which will have a large industrial impact.
They also visited the main campus of Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (UPC) to tour the research site of the Dept. of Materials Science and Engineering and promote research cooperation related to 3D printing.
KIMM has strengthened cooperation in the fields of machine tools and lasers with Germany, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania, all traditional powerhouses of mechanical technology, by carrying out international joint research projects. Last year, KIMM visited the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT), the Institute of Production Engineering and Machine Tools (IFW), and the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (FTMC) to sign an MOU for research collaboration.
President Sang-jin Park announced “We will expand international joint research not only in the fields of existing machine tools and lasers, but also in advanced manufacturing fields, such as robotics and 3D printing, and continue to develop technologies that benefit domestic and foreign industries by actively exchanging demand-based application technologies owned by KIMM for basic source mechanical technologies of Europe.”
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