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The University of Nottingham, described by The Sunday Times University Guide 2011 as ‘the embodiment of the modern international university’, has award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. It is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 75 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and the QS World University Rankings, placing it in the top one per cent of all universities worldwide. This year (2011) it has climbed rankings published in the Complete University Guide, The Guardian University Guide, and The Times Good University Guide. The Faculty of Engineering is one of the strongest faculties at Nottingham with all departments recognised as being amongst the best in higher education.
Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (FhG) is Europe’s leading organization for applied research. Fraunhofer undertakes contract research for the industry, the service sector and for the government. The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Engineering and Automation (IPA) at Stuttgart is one of the largest research institutes within the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft. Fraunhofer IPA occupies more than 300 employees today. Central elements of research and development of the institute are application-orientated and concern organizational and technological problems which occur in all production areas of both industrial enterprises and technically orientated service enterprises. The institute's projects cover development and application of methods, components and devices as well as prototypes of machines and production facilities. Regarding the aims of this project, the department Robot Systems of Fraunhofer IPA has excellent know-how and long experience in the following areas of interest: Robotics and automation technology, mobile navigation and manipulation, as well as mechanical engineering and integration. Also Fraunhofer IPA was leader as well as participant in several EU-projects with very different topics. Relevant ongoing or former projects for this project are SMErobot, EUrobotics, BRICS, PiSA, and ROSETTA. Fraunhofer IPA is also member of both the EURON and the EUROP networks.
Tekniker is a non-profit making research organisation located in the Basque Country (North of Spain). Tekniker works in a wide field of technologies related to manufacturing. The main objective set at Tekniker is to bring R&D conducted under contract. With a stable income from R&D activities (approx. €7m from a total of €13m) and 198 experienced researchers (18 PhD, 96 MSc, 33 BSc) Tekniker is an active research organisation that brings into MiRoR critical expertise related to two departments: Precision engineering and mechatronics: design and manufacture of mechatronic products; advanced calculation and simulation; design and adjustment of controllers; Production and automation engineering: production organisation and management; smart systems (system integration, control and optimisation; artificial vision).
IWF at ETHZ Zurich has its roots in the Machine Tool Laboratory which was founded in 1939 at ETHZ Zurich. It gained over the last decades a holistic and detailed insight in the field of production while carrying out various national and international research projects with industry. The research focus at IWF is on production systems and their processes. Within this view, data models and knowledge representations are subject to current research performed at IWF. In addition, commercial and self-developed simulation tools are used for modelling, analyzing and optimizing production systems and processes, e.g. rigid body simulation, thermal behaviour of machines. Furthermore, research is performed in Virtual Reality related to production, in particular on how to exploit the potential of visualization and man-machine interfaces in the context of the Virtual Factory.
Rolls-Royce is a world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, and has established a strong position in global markets - civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy. As a result of this strategy, Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising more than 500 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 4,000 marine customers, including 70 navies, and energy customers in nearly 80 countries, with an installed base of 54,000 gas turbines. Rolls-Royce employs over 40,000 skilled people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in over 50 countries. Over 11,000 of these employees are engineers. Rolls-Royce supports a global network of 28 University Technology Centres, which connect the company’s engineers with the forefront of scientific research. The Group has a strong commitment to apprentice and graduate recruitment and to further developing employee skills.
AREVA NDE-Solutions with it’s headquarter in Paris, France is an AREVA global business entity specialized in Non-Destructive Examination. With regional inspection entities in France (Intercontrôle), Germany (intelligeNDT Systems & Services), the United States (part of AREVA Inc.) and nearly 700 employees, AREVA NDE-Solutions supports hundreds of customers worldwide. Its mission is to provide safe, reliable, innovative and competitive inspection services & products for global operating and New-Build nuclear power plants as well as industrial markets. AREVA partners with the industry to comply with mandatory and recommended non-destructive examinations assuring component structural integrity and contributing to the safety of installations, occupational safety, personnel health and environment preservation.
We will actively support the MiRoR project with our experience on the design and development of manipulators for inspection tasks in nuclear and underwater environment

For more than thirty years the German entity intelligeNDT Systems & Services has been focused on mechanized, non-destructive examinations of nuclear primary components, such as: Reactor pressure vessels, steam generators and pressurizers, reactor coolant pumps, primary circuit pipes and more components. The examination expertise used in nuclear power plants has been successfully transferred to other industries like the aerospace, aviation, steel or railway industry. Due to the long-term international orientation, numerous country-specific qualifications for ultrasonic (UT), eddy current (ET) and visual inspection were achieved. The technical capabilities and infrastructure of AREVA NDE-Solutions Germany, intelligeNDT Systems & Services include: design and manufacturing of phased array and other specialized UT & ET probes development of UT equipment Saphirplus & Saphirquantum featuring phased Array, TOFD, SAFT and full matrix capture capabilities; design of tailor made inspection systems to comply with customer needs (UT-/ET-System & software, robotics, and control units)
  ACCIONA Infrastructure is a leading European construction company constructing and managing buildings and civil infrastructures under the sustainability principles. It has an international presence in more than 30 countries and its total turnover in 2010 was about 3’1 billion €, employing 15.800 people. It is part of ACCIONA Group, whose business lines are Construction, Real State, Urban-Environmental Services, Energy, Logistic and Transport. ACCIONA’s business strategy is tightly linked to sustainability and in recognition of the company’s efforts and commitments in that direction, received in 2009 the Award for Corporate Sustainability of the EU Business Award. ACCIONA uses cutting-edge technology to develop and apply the most advanced materials, components, systems and solutions for sustainability and in particular for energy efficient concepts, design, construction, operation and recycling of buildings. It applies to new and retrofitted buildings while preserving a high indoor environment quality. ACCIONA Infrastructures has its own R&D Technological Centre in Madrid, composed by a multidisciplinary and international team of about 150 highly qualified researchers from a wide range of disciplines. Main research areas are Nanotechnology and Advanced materials, New Construction Materials, Products and Systems, ICTs, Energy Efficiency as well as Biotechnology and Environmental Technologies.
Petrom is the largest Romanian oil and gas group, with activities in the business segments of exploration and production, refining and marketing as well as gas and power generation. Since 2005 the OMV Group, the leading oil and gas corporation of Central Europe, holds a 51.01% share in Petrom Romania. Petrom exploits estimated proved oil and gas reserves of 0.9 bn boe, has an annual refining capacity of 8 mn t and holds around 550 filling stations in Romania. Petromar Constanta, as Production Field of OMV – Petrom, is the only one which is activate in offshore area. The Asset Petromar include seven production offshore platforms, one jack – up rig platform and an onshore oil & gas terminal. Petrom is currently operating two offshore blocks (Histria XVIII, Neptun XIX), covering an area of 13,880 km2 divided on five producing commercial fields: Lebada East, Lebada West, Sinoe, Pescaruş and Delta. The current offshore production reaches around 32,000 boe/d which accounts for approximately 18% of Petrom‘s production in Romania recently.

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