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Businesses using robots for short-term manufacturing assignments will be interested in a service developed by EU-funded researchers that can custom-design affordable robots. Businesses will be able to either lease or buy the robots for quick installation.
Published: 16 May 2017
Italian researchers are developing a humanoid robot to replace humans in search and rescue operations following disasters. Walk-Man is being taught to move and walk at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Genoa, and could one day save your life.
Published: 6 April 2017
Conventional industrial chemical production requires harsh conditions and environmentally unfriendly processes to transform raw materials like crude oil into useful chemicals and plastics. But imagine if nature's own chemical cell factories could turn cheap starting materials such as organic waste leftover from farming or food processing into recyclable components for the chemical industry.
Published: 23 January 2017
Large industrial plants constantly monitor the resources that go in and the products - and waste - that comes out. Companies use this data - known as resource-efficiency and life-cycle inventory indicators - to work out their performance over months or years.
Published: 10 January 2017
Heavy industries like metal foundries, glass, ceramic and cement makers rely on large, energy-guzzling furnaces to heat materials during processing. But the drive to make processes more economical and ecological requires new, more efficient technologies.
Published: 19 December 2016
The 2015 earthquake in Nepal is just one example of a recent natural disaster that required search and rescue operations. An EU-funded security research project has developed new robotic tools for such operations with great success. Some of its developments are already commercially available and ready to be deployed in order to save lives.
Published: 25 November 2016
Catalysts transform carbon-derived chemicals into ingredients for products that people use every day. EU-funded researchers have identified new enzymes and processes for low-waste bio-based catalysts - supporting chemical-based industries to use resources sustainably.
Published: 3 November 2016
Published: 19 October 2016
Published: 22 September 2016
Once the stuff of science fiction, robots are today a common sight in many industry sectors. EU-funded researchers have significantly advanced the technology, developing a robotic system for in-situ repair and maintenance that makes work in hazardous environments easier and safer. It could be on the market in three to five years.
Published: 19 September 2016