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A faulty component or a worn-out machine can bring an entire manufacturing process to a crashing halt. And long before it actually breaks down, it can cause costly delays or defects. An innovative system developed by EU-funded researchers can help businesses to monitor crucial equipment and keep it in peak condition.
Published: 11 November 2015
Used since ancient times, bismuth is still found in items as different as lipsticks, medicine and electronics. The metal has been a magnet for scientific study. But the BisNano project was the first to take bismuth compounds down to the nano-scale. The results have made the metal even more attractive and have led to technology transfer between Europe and Mexico, as well as several applications.
Published: 6 November 2015
Imagine printing with inexpensive plastic inks that detect light. Imagine using the same inkjet process to combine these substances with printable electric switches - transistors - that can transmit the collected information. You could print out entire digital imagers this way.
Published: 3 November 2015
Controlling a TV set by pushing an invisible, yet tangible button in mid-air or projecting content onto a screen of mist - such futuristic technologies may find their way into our homes sooner than we think. First results of the EU-funded project INTERACT are already attracting a lot of interest from industry.
Published: 22 October 2015
An EU-funded project has developed moulds capable of embedding nanostructures onto the surface of plastic parts. This innovation could help carmakers and other industries using plastics improve their manufacturing processes and products - boosting competitiveness.
Published: 7 October 2015
If there's one thing North Africa has in abundance, it is sun - and with it, the potential for cheap, plentiful solar power. An EU-funded project is adapting solar technology to the region's environment and infrastructure, while building local research capacity in the field.
Published: 22 September 2015
According to WHO estimates, 360 million people worldwide suffer from disabling hearing loss. Cochlear implants can help those for whom hearing aids offer little or no benefit. The EU-funded project HEAR-EU is developing ground-breaking imaging technology and surgical planning software to make the implant surgery more predictable and ultimately more successful for the individual patient.
Published: 10 September 2015
The EU-funded FASTINCHARGE project is designing a more practical and efficient means of recharging electric vehicles (EV). In doing so, the project aims to make electric vehicles more appealing to consumers - helping car makers become more competitive.
Published: 28 August 2015
An EU-funded project has developed innovative components, chemical technologies and manufacturing processes for cheaper, more-dependable and greener Lithium-ion batteries. These breakthroughs promise to boost competitiveness among European battery and electric vehicle manufacturers.
Published: 27 August 2015
An artificial intelligence-based system developed by EU-funded researchers for the plastic injection moulding industry promises to boost productivity, cut time to market, reduce scrap and lower costs. This comes at a time of rapid change and rising competition for one of Europe's largest manufacturing sectors.
Published: 10 August 2015