Frequently Asked Questions about SAM|XL

With its Participants SAM|XL is a cross-sectoral public-private partnership in smart advanced manufacturing, with an initial focus on lightweight structures, such as aircraft, satellites, wind turbine blades, boats, cars, bridges, etc. SAM|XL is therefore cross-sectoral and not limited to aerospace. Because of the long term use and experience of lightweight structures in aerospace, the first participants of SAM|XL are mostly in the supply chain of aerospace industry.
SAM|XL focuses on the development and integration of software and hardware for automation, robotisation and digitisation of the production processes for lightweight structures, including material handling, lay-up, non-destructive (internal and visual) inspection, finishing and assembly. SAM|XL is therefore not a traditional ‘composites or materials centre’ that typically focuses on new materials, related chemical and physical conversion processes and product design methodologies. More correctly, SAM|XL is an ‘automation centre’ with composite technology and lightweight structures in its DNA.
SAM|XL brings together manufacturers of lightweight structures who want to automate (part of) their production line, and companies that produce automation components, software and systems who want to sell/license their technology to previously mentioned manufacturers of lightweight structures. Together with the infrastructure and knowledge of SAM|XL, TU Delft, Haagse Hogeschool [KvR1] and TNO we use the manufacturing challenges as a driver for development, de-risking, benchmarking and implementation of Industry 4.0: including automation, robotization, digitization and smart materials.
In the spirit of the support through public funding and fast-tracking of innovation, SAM|XL is an open-access facility. This means that the eco-system, and the services on offer (including infrastructure), are in principle accessible to entities by joining SAM|XL. The word ‘open access’ does not mean ‘free of charge’, does not mean ‘open innovation’ and does not mean ‘publicly accessible’. In contrast to ‘open innovation’, SAM|XL follows clear rules about IP ownership and IP access, which on the one hand facilitate collaborative research and on the other result in a competitive advantage and earning points for individual participants during commercial exploitation.
Because ‘automation’ implies ‘repeatable production’, SAM|XL is not an academic research centre, but a collaborative research centre in which projects are executed jointly by industry professionals, SAM|XL technical staff and subject matter experts from knowledge institutes. This warrants firstly that projects remain relevant to the ‘production context’ of participating companies and that secondly knowledge and experience is exchanged between industry and knowledge institutes at an early stage. Furthermore, project teams are complemented with students (university, university of applied science, technical college) to add relevance to their education whilst building the future factory workforce.
You can become a participant of SAM|XL. Participants have a say in the type of hardware and software we implement in our world-class innovation facility, which is accessible to our community for developing technology, knowledge and skills; supported by our in-house experts, our partnering knowledge institutes, and our international expertise network. As a participant you can also attend workshops and other SAM|XL events. A participant has to pay userfees for the infrastructure. Userfees are paid up front in the form of a ‘prepaid userfee bundle’, which forms the commitment between Participants and the SAM|XL organisation. Do you want more information: please contact us at the 'Contact' page.
CADC is the SAM|XL development program, funded by EFRO. CADC (Composite Automation Development Centre) is a program that started in October 2017 to build, use and grow a Fieldlab for smart composite manufacturing technologies. This program was launched in 2017. To reach this goal, the program consist of the following main components: - Having an industrial research & development environment available with necessary equipment such as robots and software, sensors, etc.; - To bring the knowledge of industry and institutes in one knowledge development and sharing program; - Developing new projects within the Development Centre. In 2018 the Development Centre was founded as SAM|XL. SAM|XL is not a program, but a collaborative research centre that will exist as long as there is a need for it.