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Industrial Processes
(65 projects)

  A comprehensive modelling system for High Performance Concrete (HPC)
  New concrete mixing technologies, software and prediction models for concrete deterioration mechanisms help in selecting the best concrete mixture for a given project.
  A continuous surface mining system for hard rock
  New cutting equipment and cuttability indexing represent an alternative to conventional drill-and-blast rock quarrying in open-pit mines. Costs are reduced and quality improved.
  A new computer simulator for offset printing
  New software allows small print shops to train employees without using real paper and ink and without interrupting the operating time of real machines.
  A new real-time X-ray testing system for material inspection of metal parts
  A new non-destructive testing system with high-resolution and high-sensitivity real-time imaging allows the detection and repair of very small defects.
  A new system for deep sawing of granite
  Following analyses of stone and tool properties, partners designed a new tool, including a new diamond conditioning system and an improved coolant supply to the stone interface.
  A sample production mini-line for testing new textile processes and materials
  A new sample production line allows testing on a more economical and environmentally friendly scale, while avoiding costly starting and stopping of main textile production.
  A structured approach to prefabricated building module production
  New software, processes and prototypes are advancing fully fitted prefabricated building module construction. Special structural connectors have been patented.
  A virtual testing system for the stamping of metal sheets for automotive parts
  Using novel numerical simulation techniques, a new system allows optimisation of the entire metal stamping process, from design to production.
  Adaptable rubber isolating systems for seismic protection of buildings and other structures
  Expert software allows the design and production of tailor-made base isolation systems, including high-damping laminated rubber bearings with increased energy dissipating capacity.
  Advanced automated production of more interesting prefabricated building elements
  Fuzzy logic and generic algorithms allow the precasting of concrete elements for more varied building designs, meaning exciting buildings with all the advantages of prefabrication.
  Advanced ink jet colour printing for the textile industry
  A new digital, environmentally-friendly and high-productivity jet printing technology for the textile industry means increased European competitivity against Japan and the US.
  Automated household linen production
  A new computer-piloted manufacturing method for household linen includes automated cutting, buttonhole fixing and turning, allowing increased flexibility and reduced costs.
  Automatic process monitoring and control in the leather industry
  A new process uses radio-telemetry and advanced software to monitor and control the leather tanning process, increasing quality while saving time and reducing costs and waste.
  Catastrophic vibration and rubbing incidents in turbine engines and generators
  Rubbing between blades and casings is not the cause of failure and damage in turbine aircraft engines and generators. Rather, it is the result of instability caused by bearing failure.
  Ceramic bearings on a roll
  New pump bearings, rollers and raceways made of silicon nitride ceramics are stronger, more corrosion-resistant and tolerate dry running. New finishing techniques are also superior.
  Confronting the problem of electrostatic charge in powder processing
  Electrostatic charging of powder can lead to a range of industrial problems. New information improves handling efficiency, allowing the location and resolution of electrostatic problems.
  Development of a routine to avoid set marks in weaving
  An expert system for monitoring and controlling loom operation helps to avoid set marks in woven textiles by setting restart parameters, increasing quality and reducing costs and waste.
  Electromagnetic tomography in industrial and academic applications
  New electromagnetic tomography can detect and visualise magnetic/inductive properties of materials, building up moving process images in the steel, oil, chemical and other sectors.
  Enzymatic retting and carding of fibres improves hemp quality
  In this project enzymes replace steeping in the production of hemp, and a carding machine ensures homogeneity of threads for the production of high quality textiles.
  Europe takes the lead in industrial processing plant research
  European research in process tomography is improving the design and operation of industrial processes with wide potential applications.
  Excimer laser technology for microdrilling of plastics and other flexible materials
  New schemes for the adaptation of excimer laser processing have produced excellent results with polyvinyl chloride, polythene and polypropylene in a variety of thicknesses.
  Extending fluid dynamics methodology to two-phase processes
  Operations like spreading are critical in the food and household industry. New software means better precision and control.
  Fault-free carpets a boost for European carpet industry
  A new video quality control system stops tufting machines when a fault is detected, eliminating post-production inspection and the selling of reduced-price seconds.
  Feature-based assembly design
  New software for use with CAD/CAM/CAe systems identifies assembly-related design features early in the design phase, reducing rejection rates and overall development costs.
  High-performance spinning technologies in carded yarn production
  New machines and automated processes are improving productivity and efficiency in yarn production. Recycling has also been made easier.
  High-speed, reduced-cost pultrusion
  A new pultrusion process, 25 percent faster and 10 percent cheaper, means increased marketability for light-weight, strong and corrosion-resistant fibre-reinforced polymer profiles.
  Improved materials and methods for flat panel display production
  Improved sputtering in the production of electrochromic devices like television and computer screens means higher quality, lower prices and increased European competitivity.
  Improved resistive oxide coatings for electromagnetic insulation
  A large refurbished magnetron performs large-scale high-quality lightweight oxide coating for applications such as mobile phone EMI shielding coating with improved target design and process control systems.
  Improvement and extension of the use of flotation columns
  An improved flotation system using double counter-current and a new bubble generator saves energy and chemicals and produces purer primary and secondary concentrates.
  Industrial software for manufacturing moulds for plastic injection
  Software packages for the cost calculation, functional layout and detailed design of moulds for plastic injection help to reduce design and manufacturing errors.
  Integrated production of steel components of prefabricated building modules
  Newly developed hardware and software for an integrated production cell for steel elements in reinforced concrete mean prefabrication is more affordable and environmentally-friendly.
  Integrated production quality control system
  A new integrated closed-loop quality control system for large-scale production uses customer and maintenance reports to set and then to maintain optimum production parameters.
  Integration of new technologies in the design of toys.
  A new handbook directed at the European toy industry explains how and when advanced technologies and software can be applied during toy design and prototyping phases.
  Keeping your marbles
  Dangerous deformation of marble panels on building facades can be avoided by using a new classification system to select only suitable marble with appropriate thermal properties.
  Laser-hardened car parts clear the air
  Low-cost, extremely hard, wear-resistant carbon layers applied using laser radiation make lighter automobile parts feasible, reducing fuel consumption and pollution.
  Laser measurement device offers more choice in made-to-order orthopaedic shoe market
  Obtaining foot measurements by laser digitilization reduces costs and delivery time and improves quality of orthopaedic shoes.
  Low cost positioning and rotating device
  A new handling device allows simultaneous high-precision turning and lifting, with continuous rotation. The market price is 70-75% lower than similar available systems.
  Laser-based automation optimises sawmill fields
  A new system for recording the true shape and surface defects of logs, new sensing technology, automation and interactive control, all increase sawing accuracy and productivity.
  Microwaves put finishing touches to textiles
  A new jigger uses microwaves to control system-wide temperature, increasing efficiency while reducing finishing time and energy and chemical consumption. Europe's SMEs will benefit.
  New adhesives make LCDs smaller and more versatile
  Anisotropic conductive adhesives (ACAs) stick to glass and can replace soldered lead in electronic connections. Europe hopes to challenge Japanese domination in LCD production.
  New ceramic coatings for cutting and forming tools
  New Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) techniques were developed for depositing ceramic coatings, in particular TiAlN, to be used for cutting and forming tools.
  New coatings give tools a super finish
  New process means super-finished wire-EDM machine tools can now be coated without mechanical treatment.
  New design methodology for advanced machine tools
  New design methodology and software have been developed for motion control units like slideways, anti-friction guideways, NC-systems and electrical drives, reducing time and costs.
  New hide trimming machine for the leather industry
  An automatic geometrisation and cutting system allows calf and cow hides to be completely trimmed before tanning begins, increasing process speed and efficiency and reducing waste.
  New optical process for waste recovery in magnesite mining
  Mining costs and waste can be lowered and product quality and yield increased using a new optical separation process.
  New processes and materials for bleaching, dyeing and drying wool without yellowing
  New more efficient processes for wool bleaching and dyeing and a new dryer combining hot air and high-frequency radio waves eliminate yellowing in wool textile production.
  New separation processes for minor elements in sulphide ore mining
  New integrated separation processes using reactive selection and flow kinetics mean increased production, lower costs and improved environmental performance.
  New software for designing tools with structural gradients for milling applications
  New computational aids allow design and testing of different combinations of coatings and graded substrates to optimise load carrying and crack resistance in milling tools.
  New software for quality control of precast concrete elements
  The optimal decision model is the basis for new quality control software for precast concrete elements. Using expert systems, safety and appearance are now improved.
  New testing techniques revitalise a once-thriving gold mining region
  New analytical and geophysical technologies for detecting poly-metallic ore bodies in southern Spain.
  New tomographic software for three-dimensional mining and mineral exploration
  New software provides high-resolution visual display of subsurface geological features based on small-scale seismic surveys for mining, civil engineering and nuclear waste storage.
  Optimisation of rotary kiln operation in nickel production.
  New software uses fuzzy logic to automatically control temperature, fuel consumption, air flow and feed rate in rotary kilns, maximising output and minimising expenses.
  Plasma treatments for textiles - new products and environmental protection
  Traditional textile finishing involves high water consumption and toxic chemicals. Dry plasma treatment means increased European competitiveness and better products.
  Production planning and optimisation software for the printing industry
  New software helps print shop SMEs to meet their delivery deadlines, allowing them to plan and manage production and to allocate machinery and resources more efficiently.
  Quality control in pantyhose manufacturing
  An integrated real time quality control system for pantyhose manufacturing, comprising both hardware and software, detects product defects and operational errors.
  Quality enhancement and process optimisation in LLDPE stretch film production
  Complete revision of stretch film production for packaging was carried out, focusing on automation and control.
  Quick response production planning for the textile-apparel retail pipeline
  New process management software and hardware collects and analyses information for textile production and quality control, allowing faster response to customer demands.
  Recovery of iron chloride from galvanisation acid waste
  A new approach to hot dip galvanisation allows the recovery of market standard iron chloride and zinc from waste acid effluents, meaning environmental benefits and lower costs.
  Restoring the competitiveness of the European leather industry
  New equipment and procedures for integrated leather tanning and dying are safer, more efficient and better for the environment.
  ScheduleZ - a dynamic production scheduling toolbox
  A new software tool kit makes production scheduling in the food industry and similar sectors more flexible and efficient.
  Tracking thieves with spin-off technology
  Global positioning and radio technology can help reduce costs and maximise productivity through monitoring and dispatching of vehicles and simulation of working schemes.
  Special simulation software for tool design in the fasteners industries
  New simulation software based on non-linear finite element analysis (FEM) automatically transforms drawings and performs critical analysis, reducing costs and increasing value.
  Tendering and planning software for the special tooling industry
  A new feature-based product structure for process planning and cost estimation is aimed at SMEs in the special tools industry. Product models and databases can be built up and reused.
  Testing wire quality in steel coil spring manufacturing.
  A new test identifies steel wire quality parameters influencing the fabrication of coil compression springs, allowing the elimination of 40 percent of bad wires prior to utilisation.
  Valorisation of lead and zinc smelter slags
  New zinc and lead smelting processes result in waste slag with appropriate composition and morphology for use in construction, eliminating disposal costs and landfills.
  Welding of advanced materials using high-powered YAG lasers
  A fully automated system for continuous wave laser welding of aluminium alloys, including a weld quality monitor, operates in three dimensions at five times faster than the state of the art.

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