SMART PRODUCTION

Summary

The research group Lightweight Structures at the Saxion University of Applied Sciences is partner in the 3 year Interreg Deutschland-Nederland project ‘Smart Production’. The project is funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the State North Rhine-Westphalia (MWEIMH NRW), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel. The main aim of this project is to develop novel processes, machines and materials for low volume productions. Costs for the design and making of tools and dies represent a substantial share of the production costs and thus determine the retail price. Moreover the increasing demand for individual solutions as well as increasingly shorter innovation cycles caused a trend to flexible manufacturing processes to make low volume productions more variable and reduce the related costs. The Lightweight Structures group participates in the development of fiber reinforced thermoplastic parts, which are vacuum formed using a 3D flexible mold.

Project partners

Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V., DNL-mobiel GmbH, DEMCON advanced mechatronics, Hochschule Niederrhein, Parthian Technology B.V., Systec Elektronik und Software GmbH, Urbanmaker UG, Bond High Performance 3D Technology b.v., ITA Industrie-Technik Ahlen GmbH, HS Düsseldorf, Grunewald GmbH & Co. KG, Aeolus Coatings B.V., Cato Composite Innovations B.V., Stichting Polymer Science Park

Duration

01/01/2017 – 30/04/2020

Funding

INTERREG Deutschland – Nederland, funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), the Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy of the State North Rhine-Westphalia (MWEIMH NRW), the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the provinces Gelderland and Overijssel

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