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Industrial technologies and processes, the key to growth

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New Independent States (NIS) and Central Eastern European Countries (CEEC) have huge scientific potential in many fields of research such as engineering, physics, space applications and applied mathematics. However, their research programmes need strengthening in terms of industrial competitiveness, and must address the needs of economies currently undergoing radical transformation.

With this in mind, INCO has three key objectives:

  • to develop sustainable, clean technologies that are environmentally more sensitive than previous production methods;

  • to improve co-operation between science and industry, especially with small and medium-sized enterprises;

  • to produce strategies for crossing the divide between scientific results and practical application in industry.

The whole process can be seen as a way to 'sharpen up' industrial practices and to make production more efficient. This is vital now that these economies are more outward looking and have to catch up and compete with more advanced science and technology sectors worldwide. Innovation must feed through from research programmes to industry and INCO is helping with projects that offer industry added value.

Precision pays dividends

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Machine-tool industries in Eastern Europe are currently working towards conformity with EU standards and norms. To do this, certification is required and this is given only after measurements are carried out with very accurate pieces of equipment called laser interferometers. Unfortunately, this equipment is very expensive. An INCO-Copernicus project has provided an alternative by developing its own low-cost, compact interferometer. The prototype has been successfully evaluated and production will take place using three SME project partners from Poland, Belarus and Ukraine.

 

Adding efficiency to industry

Businesses can gain a competitive advantage in production by using Flexible Manufacturing Systems (FMS). Unfortunately, many companies based in Eastern Europe cannot afford FMS or do not have the technical expertise to master its complex software requirements.Researchers from Belarus, Russia and France worked together on an INTAS project to create an alternative FMS design that delivers local solutions using a global perspective. The project is not confined to the drawing board - specific applications have been developed including Belarus Robomax software, used to design robotic welding lines for the Russian automotive industry.

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