Smart Eureka – MAAS

Smart Eureka – MAAS

Smart Eureka Measurement Aided Assembly of Large-scale structures (MAAS)

Media Release:  

Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) was delighted to host the first meeting between members of the MAAS Consortium in January 2020. MAAS is a 2year project funded by Smart Eureka and supported by Enterprise Ireland (EI) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) 

The Consortium consists of AirbusIMR, TEG, and Robotnik. IMR for its robotics expertise, TEG for its EASA approved aviation design and production skills and its use of 3D scanning technologiesAirbus provides first-class expertise in aircraft manufacturing and assembly Robotnik has extensive experience in the development of robots for performing autonomous tasks 

The major goal of the MAAS project is to develop an efficient automated solution for the manufacturing of aircraft sub-assembliesThe project aims to evaluate the use of collaborative robots and related automated activities within manufacturing, assembly and inspection operations. A mobile robotics solution will be designed, developed and integrated into a prototype assembly line.  

The final goal is to demonstrate a production cell which will integrate 

    • Efficient manufacturing processes intended for parts assembly. 
    • Visual inspection of individual parts 
  • Robot-assisted assembly and quality assurance of the final sub-assembly by 3D scanning techniques.   

Consortium members at IMR offices in Mullingar, Ireland 


Smart Eureka

SMART is a flexible, industry-driven EUREKA Cluster program in Advanced Manufacturing. It aims is to promote collaborative, international & close-to-market R&D&I projects. As a EUREKA Cluster, SMART is grounded in Europe and open to worldwide participants from the Eureka Network. 

SMART’s mission is to boost the competitiveness, growth, and attractiveness of the European discrete manufacturing industries through the promotion of R&D&I.  


About Airbus:

AIRBUS is a global aircraft manufacturer, with a global workforce of around 133.000 employees. More than 10,800 AIRBUS aircraft are currently in operation while 7,390 orders have been logged as of the end of February 2019. Enhancement of the AIRBUS industrial system through disruptive technology adoption in legacy assembly lines will leverage delivery-time reduction (and therefore more adequate time to market) while achieving high production rates of 100 aircraft/month for the next Airbus single-air program.  Automation of manual assembly activities allows not only to reduce recurrent costs but also to be flexible enough with the production rates and comply with future production increases 

About Robotnik:

Robotnik started its activity in 2002 and is currently a leading company in the European service robotics market, with a team formed by 50 people. Robotnik is specialized in robotics product manufacturing (mobile robot platforms and mobile manipulators) and service robotics applications (development of robots for performing autonomous tasks for the wellbeing of humans or machines, excluding manufacturing), principally robots for logistics and robots for inspection  

About TEG:

TEG is approved by the European Aviation Safety Agency as a DOA, POA and Part 145 organization. The company employs 120 people and supports customers in 35 countries using its extensive range of design, production and repair capabilities in Mullingar, Ireland. 


About IMR:

IMR (Irish Manufacturing Research Ltd.) is an independent Research & Technology Organization focused on delivering solutions to manufacturing. It is one of Ireland’s ‘Technology Centers’ funded by the EI and the IDA. Our passion is to make Ireland a world leader in advanced manufacturing operations for both SME and indigenous export companies and for multinational corporations based throughout the island. 



For further information on Airbus, please contact Marie Alix Delestrade, +34 91 756 33 43 ,

For further information on Robotnik or for technical specifications, please contact: Rafael Lopez+34 . 

For further information on TEG, please contact John Hunt+ 353 44 9333 680 /    

For further information on IMR  or for technical specification, please contact: Kevin Dooley, +353 1