Partners from Norway:
SINTEF Raufoss Manufacturing (SINTEF) is a subsidiary of the SINTEF Group – the largest independent research organization in Scandinavia with approximately 2000 employees. SINTEF is located at Raufoss and in Trondheim and thereby co-located with both one of Norway’s largest manufacturing industrial hubs as well as the leading academic environment at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. SINTEF is a recognized R&D organization within the field of Additive Manufacturing and is a pioneer in research on Hybrid Manufacturing where additive and subtractive processes are combined in an intelligent hybrid manufacturing platform. Based on concepts like “Design for Performance” and OMOS (Optimum Manufacturing Operation Sequencing) the objective is to develop sustainable manufacturing of unique high-value and technologyintensive products, like production tools. A metal-based state-of-the-art additive manufacturing process will be purchased this year for the realization of a laboratory infrastructure focused on hybrid manufacturing.
Plasto AS is a custom injection molding company focused on R&D to find new solutions for a more competitive future. The 40 employees cover the entire field from R&D, design, CAE, CAD, mould making, automation, injection molding, assembly and finishing. The mould production is placed to China due to cost reasons but Plasto will support competitive European mould manufacturing. Hence, Plasto will by attending this project evaluate new technologies for relocation of the production back to Norway. Plasto will also look into the possibilities for reduced time-to-market. This will also lead to reduced time for optimizing products and moulds. Plasto currently supplies the automotive, lightning, furniture and the oil & gas industries.
Raufoss Industrial Tools (RIT) is a part of the Bandak Group. RIT delivers design and manufacturing of industrial tools, machine parts and components. In addition RIT also have a commercial heat treatment plant and a complete laboratory for calibration services. RIT perform design in Unigraphics and SolidWork. For the manufacturing RIT have competent personnel and CNC machine tools for turning, milling, erosion and grinding.
Baldur Coatings AS offer services within depositions of thin films of inorganic and organic- inorganic hybrid materials on simple and complex geometrical substrates. The company is a spin-off from the research group at the University of Oslo (UiO) and deliver coatings and contract research to both industry and university. Baldur Coatings AS mainly focuses its efforts on depositions utilizing the Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technique which provides conformal pinhole-free films on complex substrates. A selection of frequently deposited films are: Al2O3, TiO2 (amorphous, anatase, and rutile), ZnO:Al, ZrO2, MgO. Baldur Coatings AS also possesses unique expertise in deposition of materials with complex stoichiometries and materials of an organic-inorganic nature by the ALD technique.
Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskaplige Universitet (NTNU) is Norway’s premier academic institution for technology and the natural sciences, with equally strong programmes in the social sciences, the arts and humanities, medicine, architecture and fine art. About 3100 degrees are awarded each year, of which 800 are bachelor’s degrees, 2000 are master’s degrees and 310 are doctoral degrees. NTNU is a participant in 60 projects in the European Commission’s 6th and 7th framework programmes. The Department of Production and Quality Engineering has research activities on metal-based additive manufacturing, metal cutting processes, manufacturing systems, and other topics related to manufacturing and production. The research facilities at the department will be a key resource for the experimental work in the IC2 project.
Partners from Sweden:
Acreo is a research institute with 120 employees whereof 30 is working with R&D of nanoelectronic components. Acreo have one of Europe’s most advanced laboratories for component development. The cleanroom facilities covering a total area of more than 1300 m2 is a common resource for research, development, production and education of semiconductor technology and devices.
Since 1971, when it started trading, Microplast Aktiebolag has gained more than 35 year's experience in the design and manufacture of molding tools and in injection molding. In the first few years, the company concentrated on the manufacture of injection molding machinery, but the operation gradually moved towards the production of molding tools and then into injection molding as well. This is the background to our current business strategy: ”The production of advanced precision molding tools for injection molding in high-tech thermoplastics for components requiring very fine tolerances”. Today, Microplast Aktiebolag is a high-tech production company in the thermoplastics industry. We specialize in the design and production of advanced molding tools and moldings which require a very high level of precision. The injection-moulded parts are primarily made from difficult-to-machine plastics, including ETFE, ECTFE, LCP, PEEK, PES, PPS and PPSU for clients who demand very fine tolerances. We primarily work with products used in medicine and biotechnology, ventilation and sanitation engineering applications, water distribution and precision engineering/hydraulics. By prioritizing investment in technically-advanced machinery and in-house software development, our operation meets the most stringent requirements on documentation management, traceability, quality and process management. This does, of course, apply equally in our tools manufacturing process and our injection molding operation. We specialize in the production of thermoplastic components weighing between 0.01 and 180 grams. The whole production process meets stringent requirements for cleanliness. Some finishing and assembly work can be carried out in a clean room atmosphere, if required.
Partners from Finland:
VTT is an impartial multidisciplinary expert organisation. VTT’s focus is to create new, globally competitive technologies and innovations by combining knowledge and expertise in different fields. VTT produces research, development, testing and information services to public sector, companies and international organizations in the fields of applied materials, bio and chemistry processes, energy, information and communication technologies, industrial systems management, microtechnologies and electronics. VTT´s technological focus areas are applied materials, bio and chemistry processes, energy, information and communication technologies, industrial systems management, microtechnologies and electronics. VTT has long experience in coating tribology and the tribology laboratory comprises good experimental facilities for accelerated tribological testing from laboratory tests such as e.g. pin-on-disk, scratch testing, twin-disc apparatus and piston-ring tribometer, to component testing e.g. sliding and rolling bearing test rigs. VTT has been carrying out intensive research in the field of 3D FEM modelling of coated surfaces to study the coating performance in tribological contacts for several years. Models have been developed to characterize stresses and strains in coated multilayered systems and the factors affecting the adhesion of the coating. VTT has been a key player in Europe by coordinating the COST Tribology Actions 516 and 532 (1995-2007), being in the steering committee of the European Virtual Tribology Institute (2001-2004) and of the Eureka umbrella ENIWEP (2005-2009).
DIARC-Technology Oy, founded 1993 is an SME locating in Espoo, Finland consisting of a group of 12 highly skilled people (4 M.Sc., 3 B.Sc.) devoted to the develop the Filtered Cathodic Arc (FCAD) Coating Technology. DIARC is specialized in manufacturing of tetrahedrally bonded amorphous carbon (ta- C) and metal nanocomposite coatings on metal, ceramic and plastic materials. The coatings are applied on the materials to improve the surface properties like hardness and wear resistance, to reduce wear and friction and to modify the surface energy or morphology. DIARC-Technology will contribute in particular to the research and development of new industrial surface solutions and will provide ta-C coating and nanocomposite solutions for research and application testing in the project.
Partners from Denmark:
Teknologisk Institut has in the group more than 900 employees whereof around 150 are working in the field of material characterization and synthesis. In the present project the activities will mainly be centered around the Tribology Centre with its 13 committed employees and 10 PhD, master and bachelor students. The Tribology Centre is a recognized R&D-performing job coating unit serving the Danish industry with a wide variety of customer-specified R&D coatings (e.g. TiO2, Al2O3, YSZ, CeGdO) as well as a solid portfolio of standard commercial coatings such as CrN, TiAlN, TiN, TiCN, Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC), electric isolators etc. All these coatings have been developed in-house on state-of-the-art industrial scale production equipment covering all relevant vacuum-based technologies such as Plasma Nitriding, DC, MF and pulse PDV, PECVD processes and an ion beam accelerator. Recently, the Tribology Centre has invested in a large-scale HIPIMS coating facility to further mature HIPIMS.
Recon A/S has over the last decade become an expert in manufacture of high-precision tools by the combination of advanced machinery and highly skilled people, embracing the core vision of RECON A/S. Since the establishment in 1979, Recon has focused on acquiring the latest technology needed to meet customer requirements and tool specifications. RECON A/S is spanning the entire “tooling value chain” from design (Unigraphics CAD/CAM systems) with powerful workstations to a fully optimized and automated machine line fabrication of high quality tools. High-speed milling, advanced wire cutting and spark erosion capable of running automatic overnight. RECON A/S has acquired a new advanced Matsuura MC-800VG processing centre enabling even higher precision. The injection molding department is capable of producing small to medium size productions as well as large mass production. The plastics department has the capacity and equipment required for final processing, installation, ultrasonic welding and special packaging.
Novo Nordisk AS is a healthcare company and a world leader in diabetes care. In addition, NovoN has a leading position within areas as haemostasis management, growth hormone therapy and hormone replacement therapy. NovoN manufactures and markets pharmaceutical products and services that make a significant difference to patients, the medical profession and society. With headquarters in Denmark, NovoN employs more than 27,000 employees in 81 countries, and markets its products in 179 countries. NovoN’s tooling department in Hillerød, Denmark, has a solid experience in design and application of injection molding in connection with e.g. the development and subsequent fully automatic fabrication of e.g.: NovoPen®4. The vision of the mould department is to create the optimal design and state-of-the-art molding platform facilitating high quality products with as close as possible to zero failures. Common for the design phase and the subsequent high quality production is the ability to ensure highly accurate insulin dosages, easy-to-use for all types of patients and virtually unbreakable products. On-line process control and validation of the cavity filling is therefore of utmost importance. The tool and mould department at NovoN is involved in the development of new NovoN pen generations and various products for medical applications.
Polérteknik Aps has a solid experience in a wide range of state-of-the-art polishing and surface texturing techniques as well as a skilled staff capable of polishing and texturing various surfaces according to individual customer specifications. Polérteknik Aps serve a wide range of national and international customers within different fields. These are polishing and texturing of tools and moulds for injection molding, different forms for die casting masters, hot and cold embossing etc. Common for all the applications is the demand for a perfect surface finish optimized for the specific needs. Often the mechanically or chemically processed surface will be enhanced with plasma-based surface coating techniques. Polérteknik Aps has 11 employees in highly equipped production facilities. High brilliance polishing achieving surface finish beyond a surface roughness of 1 micron is among the specialties of the company. Tailored roughness by applying various advanced blasting techniques are used to meet customer design and surface demands. Polérteknik Aps has a range of different ultrasonic cleaning facilities to ensure optimal degreasing and effective removal of the applied polishing agents in order not to damage the very vulnerable mirror finished surfaces. Quality is ensured by routinely controls and optical inspection as well as electronic image quality evaluation.
Partners from Germany:
Fraunhofer-IAO is mainly working in the fields of information engineering and production technologies, technology and human resource management, product development, business development and innovation and industrial R&D-management. The institute is working with the production and tooling industry since years in EU funded projects like Prominence, Aricon, e-mmediate etc. as well as consulting project regarding innovation, new business models and organizational process and structure. FhG IAO has specific research and demonstration labs for new production organization (ModellFabrik), new service development (ServLab) and a lab for engineering in product development (VISUM) which will be used in IC2.
CIRP GmbH was founded in 1995 with one small stereolithography machine (manufacturing of plastic prototype parts) and a CAD system as one of the early Rapid Prototyping service bureaux in Germany. The main business was the contract manufacturing of stereolithography parts. During the last years, CIRP changed to a contract manufacturing service bureaux with a wide range of innovative manufacturing technologies for early models, prototypes in different development phases up to small series production. Small engineering services and the manufacturing of an own product supplement the contract manufacturing. CIRP is a limited liability company with about 25 employees and flat hierarchy structured by technology clusters. CIRP moved into a new own factory and office in the end of 2008.
The Institute for Human Factors and Technology management (IAT) of the University of Stuttgart is mainly working in the fields of information and communication technology, technology and human resource management, product development, business development and innovation and industrial R&D-Management. Through the involvement in various projects like Rusmeco (Enhancing Russian SME collaboration and business development through Communities of Practice), Fit2Solve (Transformation of producers to solution providers) or Vermiko (innovation cooperation for product and solution development) the University of Stuttgart has long-term experience in the production and tooling industry and in developing and implementing organizational models. The close cooperation between University of Stuttgart and Fraunhofer enables the use of Fraunhofer research and demonstration labs. IAT will implement and demonstrate WP5 results in these jointly used labs specified in the Fraunhofer partner description.