Speeding innovation for industry
Article | Software technologies
Smart digital systems
Digital transformation is driving change in the business world. It is also providing new opportunities to enhance business competitiveness. Digital technologies have the capacity to modernize production systems of all kinds, delivering cost savings, making design processes more efficient, and improving the effectiveness of maintenance and training. CEA Tech institute List is the only research organization in France to possess broad, deep knowledge of all the emerging issues relevant to advanced manufacturing. The institute’s work encompasses modelling and simulation, knowledge engineering, massive data processing, smart vision systems, complex information and communication systems, and sensor networks.
The institute develops and integrates into systems a wide range of technologies and software, cutting across the barriers that typically separate the disciplines involved. List also leverages its experience in nuclear research to drive renowned advances in non-destructive testing (NDT) through innovative simulation and instrumentation.
List also conducts R&D in collaborative robotics, designing precise, safe force-controlled robots capable of assisting human operators with difficult, repetitive, or sensitive tasks.
Finally, the institute develops interactive modelling and simulation software that integrates virtual reality capabilities, as well as tools for augmented reality applications.
The advanced manufacturing platform is housed in a 2,000 sq. m facility and staffed by 200 researchers and technicians. Manufacturing companies turn to the platform to make their production systems more agile and responsive, boosting performance and quality. The platform is home to a full range of equipment, including the GERIM2 non-destructive testing lab, an interactive robotics lab, an immersive virtual reality room, a real-time interactive simulation environment, and software to model and execute complex production systems and industrial IoT solutions.
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Increasingly, additive manufacturing techniques are the choice for producing parts with very complex shapes. A new quality control process was recently developed to ensure that these parts are free from defects while they are being manufactured.
A new image reconstruction algorithm that is 30 times faster than the prior state of the art has placed real-time inspection within reach. The algorithm, based on techniques used in medical imaging, was utilized for non-destructive testing (NDT), where it produced 3D images in real time.
A passive non-destructive testing (NDT) method was developed for the inspection of pipes. The sound of the flows inside of the pipes is processed by a purpose-developed tomography algorithm that reconstructs the pipes’ thickness profile.
Researchers at List, a CEA Tech institute, have developed simulation models and tools that leverage electromagnetism to characterize steel. These models and tools will be integrated into the CIVA platform so that they can be used to develop industrial non-destructive testing processes.
Arcure, founded in 2009, develops 3D vision systems for industrial and construction vehicles with the support of List, a CEA Tech institute. The company recently completed its initial public offering. We spoke to List artificial intelligence, language, and vision expert Patrick Sayd, who develops the image-analysis-based pedestrian-detection technology Arcure uses in its products.
How to collaborate with CEA Tech teams ?
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.