Proyecto Kairos

Izertis will apply Artificial Vision in the naval industry in the Kairos project

Our technology company will apply its experience in Artificial Vision to the automation of the manufacturing process of large composite parts in the naval industry thanks to its participation in the Kairos project.

Kairos is a pilot innovation initiative, due to end in 2025, which aims to research cutting-edge technologies to develop a solution for the efficient manufacture of large composite parts for the shipbuilding sector with a high degree of automation, as well as quality and cost optimisation.

This idea aims to achieve a global improvement that will allow the manufacture of composite naval parts with a weight reduction of 30-40%

Our team will be in charge of defining the components and needs of the cyber-physical system for the creation of the autonomous and intelligent fibre infusion and preforming process, as well as researching artificial vision techniques and temperature monitoring during the curing process using a thermographic camera, analysing the information obtained using classification and anomaly detection algorithms, designing a structure for the 3D scanning of the parts using photogrammetry, and developing algorithms for the detection of dimensional imperfections, among others.

This idea aims to achieve a global improvement that will allow the manufacture of composite naval parts with a weight reduction of 30-40% compared to traditional steel structures, with equal or better performance and protection against fire and corrosion, and with a full supply cycle cost 40-50% lower than current technologies.

"We at Izertis are very proud to have played our part to make this project a reality and we are looking forward to demonstrating everything we can contribute in terms of artificial vision applied to improving the quality of products and processes", has highlighted Raquel García, our Innovation Consultant.

So far, the shipbuilding industry has not adopted the use of composites because, as the weight is not so critical in large vessels, their cost is not competitive, while the manufacturing processes are complex and beyond the economic and technological reach of shipyards.

However, the use of parts made of this material for certain naval elements, such as moving parts and other components with special characteristics, would represent an important improvement and competitive advantage for Spanish shipyards.

This initiative, led by CT Ingenieros, also has the participation of SOFITEC, CRAMIX, SP Consultores y Servicios, Segula Technologies and Global Vacuum Presses. The Gaiker, CATEC and ITCL technology centres, Air Institute and the University of Cadiz are also participating as subcontractors.