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Injection moulding is the most common method for manufacturing plastic parts, from bottle caps and pocket combs to mechanical components and medical devices. But it has its limitations. An EU-funded team has created the first commercial moulding machine that uses ultrasound to overcome those confines. The technology has already been sold to European and US companies.
Published: 16 November 2015
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
Europe is the world's third-largest producer of bioethanol - an important renewable fuel and energy source. Most stems from crops. Aiming to enlarge the feedstock basis for ethanol production, an EU-funded project has taken advanced bioethanol production from plant waste a large step closer to cost-efficient implementation.
Published: 10 November 2015
It isn't "Iron Man", but European researchers in the Robo-Mate project are developing a robotic "exoskeleton" to protect workers from injuries due to heavy and repetitive work. A first prototype has already been unveiled.
Published: 26 October 2015
Using digital machining, companies can turn a digital design into an object with the click of a mouse. An EU-funded project has come up with a new and innovative way to do this, bringing the technology within reach of smaller companies with limited budgets.
Published: 21 October 2015
Deciding when to renovate or replace an ageing bridge can be tricky. Risks to safety must be avoided, but acting prematurely may be wasteful. Monitoring techniques developed by an EU-funded project can facilitate such decisions. They are based on an innovative weigh-in-motion system used to check that trucks aren't overloaded.
Published: 20 October 2015
Shrimp heads, crab carapaces, lobster shells - many billion tonnes of shellfish waste are generated globally per year. Very little of it is put to good use. This could be about to change, as EU-funded researchers have developed an innovative way to transform this briny refuse into plastic.
Published: 5 October 2015
Juicy burgers, spicy kebabs, creamy chocolate shakes - limiting your intake of animal protein doesn't mean you have to forego such treats. Products as varied as meat-free steaks and non-dairy ice cream can, for example, be made from lupin seeds. An EU-funded project has helped to optimise such foods and studied potential health benefits.
Published: 30 September 2015
Tiny components of products such as smartphones can require manufacturing tolerances of a few nanometres. EU-funded research has led to a new generation of industrial measuring machines and commercial applications that strengthen the dominance of European SMEs in nano-metrology.
Published: 18 September 2015
Some 10 years after its completion, the results of the EU-funded project VISIONS are conquering the world of dangerous goods road transport in the form of a real-time cargo monitoring system. The system has been installed in a 1 000 fuel tankers all over the world, facilitating inspections and thus improving safety and efficiency.
Published: 17 September 2015