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Innovative machine tool 'joints' developed in the EU-funded PoPJim project can tune-out the vibrations that cause material and productivity losses. Manufacturers can expect a long-sought competitive edge as the technology moves towards commercialisation in the coming years. Testing has already shown a two to three-fold productivity boost for certain tooling jobs.
Published: 18 March 2015
EU-funded researchers have developed a concept for a novel satellite-based navigation network to improve traffic flows and safety along Europe's congested maritime and inland waterways. Through the exchange of vessel data, the network could help reduce accidents and enable European ports to increase efficiency.
Published: 18 February 2015
Thoroughly analysing the vibrations made by a machine can help diagnose its mechanical state of health. In Turin, Italy, a European research project aims to understand the vibrations made by machine tools. The idea is to use the data gathered by a network of sensors to forecast and therefore prevent breakdowns.
Published: 11 December 2014
EU-funded researchers have developed new tests to help protect travellers from toxic gases in case of a train fire. Their work could lead to safer trains and help develop Europe-wide fire standards for public transport.
Published: 26 November 2014
An EU-funded project brought together industry and scientists to develop pioneering ways for industrial robots to be more accurate, significantly reducing the time and cost of machining processes. Software and know-how from the project is already generating new business for Europe's robotic industry.
Published: 14 November 2014
Counterfeit electronic components are a growing problem for the electronics industry, often resulting in failures, product recalls and serious safety issues. They also cost industry billions of euros each year. The EU-funded ChipCheck project has developed a new inspection system to establish in under a second whether electronic components are legitimate or counterfeit - helping to eliminate costly product recalls and protecting consumers. The result could be commercially available in under a year.
Published: 13 August 2014
A Danish company has developed a series of machines that can quite literally see the unseen. The silver machines use low-energy x-rays to peer inside a product, and highlight faults that other scanners fail to spot.
Published: 8 April 2014
EU-funded researchers and industrialists are developing monitoring tools for the production line that can prevent and correct defects faster. This innovation will reduce costs, downtime and wastage, and lead to better, safer products.
Published: 16 December 2013
To make modern aircraft ever lighter, faster and more fuel efficient, manufacturers are continually introducing new advanced materials, composites and super lightweight structures. Before using them on a plane, the integrity and performance of these materials have to be tested in a non-destructive way, to see how they would perform in the real-life pressure and temperature conditions of flight. Among the techniques aero-space testing facilities currently rely on are two important tests: one using laser beams and one using thermal imaging to see inside the material under stress and detect problems in structures caused by hidden defects. European researchers have found a way to replace these two with a single test.
Published: 14 May 2013
In the 19th century explosions of steam boilers on ships and locomotives were not uncommon. One of the factors that reduced these accidents was the introduction of X-ray testing of steam boilers, valves and tubes during the 1920s. This testing process is still used today. However, there are drawbacks such as the long time the component must be exposed to X-rays and the need to take the component apart to allow film to be placed in the right locations.
Published: 9 November 2012