Metals

4M Metals Division

Head: Ulf Engel, Erlangen (Deputy: Alan Bramley, Bath)

Objectives

  • To integrate the research activities of the partners in the field of micro metal processing and align them with the 4M long-term objectives (e.g. in the field of metrology or applications) and encourage collaborative activities.
  • To develop and improve processing of metals in order to manufacture parts and products with a smaller feature sizes and a higher surface quality, a higher and reproducible accuracy as well as improved their mechanical, optical, electrical or magnetic properties compared to the current the state of the art in this field.
  • To develop processes, process routes and process combinations in the field of metal processing that meet the technical, economical and ecological demands.
  • To introduce new materials into the field of micro metal processing, for example, nano crystalline materials or shape memory alloys. This will include also characterisation of these materials (e.g. hardness, strength, electrical conductivity)
  • To build up a European Information Center of Micro Metals Processing Technology, bringing together the partners excellence in micro processing to help industry with questions regarding micro technology.

Description of work

In order to encourage collaborative actions within the metals cluster but also to enable and intensify industrial connections, the successfully established European workshop on microforming will be continued. Thus, the researchers will be able to present research activities relevant to the tasks and create new and promising industrial contacts. Also, the staff exchange programme and the joint use of equipment will be pushed. The tasks listed in the WP have been defined in detail in the last period and based on the elaborated results like identified gaps in research, the following three tasks are defined in more detail below. As the last years have been used to collect and bring together the partners expertise in the microproduction area, this will be used to intensify collaboration with industry by establishing an internet based European Information Center of Micro Metals Processing Technology. This will be done by the assistance of all partners and benefits from previous reports on the state of the art as well as the knowledge database established at month 30.

Task 7.1. Processing
(Leader: R. Teti, UNINA; deputy: U. Engel, Erlangen)

As a consequence of the analysis of the partners’ capabilities, yielding the state of the art document and the demonstrator punch/die combination, all knowledge collected so far which will be included into the knowledge database, categorized and published via internet. Thus, one of the main goals of 4M, spreading of excellence to industry, will be reached by the establishment of a web based assistance system. The part of task 7.1 will be to categorize the process knowledge for the case of serial production and to prepare all data necessary for the assistance system. Furthermore, for each of the processing technologies, one key person will be named to be contact person in case of questions out of industry.

Task 7.2. Tooling
(Leader: A. Herrero, Tekniker)

The profound and detailed investigations on small quantity production and tool production, done in the previous project periods will be the basis for the information assistance system. Previous work regarding case studies and the outcome of the state of the art document will be included into the information system and enlarged with additional and more detailed process information. The part of task 7.2 will be to categorize the process knowledge for the case of small quantity production and to prepare all data necessary for the assistance system. As it is necessary if questions on processing technology appear, for each of the technologies one key person will be named to be contact person.

Task 7.3. Surfaces
(Leader: F. Sanchette, P. Juliet, CEA)

The investigations on surface processing technology, done in the previous periods will be the third basis for the information assistance system. Previous work regarding case studies and the outcome of the state of the art document will be included into the information system and enlarged with additional and more detailed process information. The part of task 7.3 will be to categorize the process knowledge for the case of small quantity production and to prepare all data necessary for the assistance system. Furthermore, for each of the processing technologies, one key person will be named to be contact person in case of questions out of industry.

Spreading knowledge to industry in the main goal of the activities in the next period of metals cluster. Each task will contribute to this goal providing all necessary process data. As a result of this work, a gateway for industry will be created, providing a large quantity of processing information but also contact persons in the related institutes. This will ensure and simplify the first steps to get in contact with industry, providing information on micro production processes and contact information on key researchers being experts in the related production process.

Deliverables

D7.3.1 Report on the state of the art in serial and small batch manufacturing technology (month 30, R, PU)
D7.3.2 Report on the state of the art in surface processing technology (month 30, R, PU)
D7.3.3 Knowledge database for manufacturing processes (month 30, R, PP)
D7.5 Set up of an technological demonstrator to show the capabilities in different surface processing technologies (month 30, D, 30)
D7.6 Establishing of an European Information System of Micro Metals Processing, addressing industry and academy (month 42, O, PU)
D7.7 Set up of an technological demonstrator “coated tools” to show capabilities in machining technology (month 40, D, PU)

Milestones and expected results

M7.3 Organisation of an European workshop addressing industry and academia (month 13, O, PU)
M7.4 Two Working groups are established and have elaborated a detailed project plan for demonstrator development: priority list, fabrication route, partners' task sheet, time schedule, breakdown of costs and effort (month 18, O, PE)
M7.5 One proposal submitted for long-term joint research projects (month 30, O, CO)
M7.6 Organisation of an European workshop addressing industry and academia (month 38, O, PU)

Submitted on October 29, 2004 - 12:37.

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