By Gary Thomas
Tecnalia Research & Innovation, a research center has been acknowledged as one of the standards for future factories in Europe.
The center’s Dematerialised Machines (DEMAT) project, which helps machine tools achieve a 30% reduction in energy consumption, has earned an award as one among the best projects in Europe in the manufacturing sector for this year. The project was selected from over 900 submissions. This award recognizes projects that help improve Europe’s competitiveness by developing novel processes and products and can provide a great social and economical impact.
Tecnalia presented the DEMAT project along with six other research projects at Industrial Technologies 2012, an European Commission-promoted forum conducted in Aarhus, Denmark, between June 19 and 21, 2012. More than 1,000 experts in advanced materials, nanotechnologies and new production systems attended the key European event.
DEMAT is a new approach of designing machine tools with an objective to retain their current features, while enabling them to use minimal amount of materials. This approach helps retain the quality and productivity of machine tools, while lowering material and energy consumption. Hence, the objective of the project is to develop manufacturing systems with more added values but with minimal material consumption.
The European Commission funded the DEMAT project under the 7th Framework Programme for Research. Tecnalia is the leader of this project, which includes the participation of 15 other organizations namely, MCM, ISW-Stuttgart, Bath, Fraunhofer-ISI, EPFL, KULeuven, CNR-ITIA, Missler, D.Electron, Intelliact, NC-Service, CESI, Micromega, Ibarmia and CECIMO.