In recent years, the Basque Government has defined its RIS3 Smart Specialisation Strategy which, among other things, covers the fields of specialised production based on the industrial fabric and the technological capabilities of the Basque Country. One of these fields is so-called Advanced Manufacturing, for which the Basque Government has developed a specific strategy, the Basque Industry 4.0 strategy. Basque Industry 4.0. The Basque Industry 4.0 Conference was launched in 2014 and today is a multidisciplinary event where strategy, opinions, technology, experiences and workshops are combined and networking is promoted, making it suitable for companies in any sector. At the same time, it is an interesting event for universities, technology centres, consulting and engineering companies, public administration and industry-oriented service companies and, in short, for everyone who wants to learn first-hand about the different aspects associated with the fourth industrial revolution.
This year, the conference took place in Bilbao, at the Euskalduna Palace. In this context, Asier Barrios from the Research Center IK4-IDEKO participated in this event presenting the opportunities that mechatronics provides to make robots capable of correctly performing the machining of aluminium and composite parts. This includes systems for absolute robot accuracy increase, identification of robot joint stiffness, optimization of machining conditions to minimize cutting forces, and continuous robot and process vibration monitoring and suppression. Collaborative research activities performed in the frame of COROMA project were presented, specifically the developments with the University of Nantes and KTH on elastostatic robot identification.