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ProPApp Report Summary

Project ID: 710279

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - ProPApp (New PTFE Production Process for High Value Applications)

Reporting period: 2016-11-01 to 2017-04-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

PropApp (New PTFE PROduction Process for High Value APPlications) is our new project for the construction of a complete extrusion line for expanded PTFE tape (so called E-PTFE). We have developed a Prototype of Paste Extrusion Equipment and we are building a complete line for the production of E-PTFE films and tapes. The line will include all the machineries for the complete process from the preparation station of powder to make the pre-forms, to the paste extruder, stretching and sinterizing machine, cutting machine for tapes and take up of the final product.
As well as the improvement in the machinery designed for the production line, the development of process control will be based on the concept of Industry 4.0, consequently, it is expected an improvement in the power consumption efficiency and up to 50% decrease in materials cost, as 50% less material will be needed for the same final surface. Our new product will benefits existing markets and allows penetration into additional markets – aerospace/automotive, medical and petro-chemical ─. In addition an increase of the number of employees is expected so as to increase the E-PTFE production

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Work done on the development and design of machinery. Works of manufacture and assembly in the workshop. About publicity and dissemination of the project, we conducted operations to bring knowledge of the project to our existing customers. Was made a market screening for potential customers and potential development of the project. Thanks to the market screening at the fairs we attended, we have expanded our customer base.
in addition during the second period it was tested another P.T.F.E. sample (Chemours), and our technical office focused on the study and design of pilot plant parts. The pilot plant parts built in the second period were:

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Many of the impacts that we believe to get, coincide with objectives to be achieved. The state of technology, at this time, leads us to think to begin production from mid-2017.
In a socio-economic level, there are definitely positive impacts, particularly in the four listed fields (aerospace/automotive, medical and petro-chemical). These will benefit the industry and the final user.

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