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Environmental Product Lifecycle Management for building competitive machine tools

Objective

Europe currently dominates the global machine tools market by providing some 52% of the worldwide value of machine tool production in 2002. However, globalisation of the machinery industry that is composed of 70% by SME has recently intensified. The market environment is becoming more competitive, low labour costs in many parts of the world are attracting production away from Europe. Moreover, the economic recession that culminated in 2001 created an urgent need for the machine tool manufacturers to propose more cost-effective and environmentally friendly products.

The overall objective of PROLIMA, is to provide European machine tools manufacturing SMEs with means to develop machines with minimum environmental impact and optimised global life cycle costs. The project will have a strong focus on cutting based machines tools, which includes grinding, milling and turning, but generic results could be further applied in other sectors.

The PROLIMA project intends to have a substantial impact on 2 major phases of the life cycle of machine tools:

- Design phase: development of an holistic method to design machine tools integrating information on Life Cycle Cost (LCC), on Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and on Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS). The developed method will be implemented within a Decision Support System that will be used for design purposes.

- Operation; use phase: to provide SMEs manufacturing / using machine tools with practical solutions adapted to their sector (LCA tool, environmental best practice manual, ?) to improve in the short term the environmental impact and the cost-effectiveness of their machine tools.

The PROLIMA project gathers 7 IAGs, 12 SMEs and 6 RTDs from 5 EU countries.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
See other projects for this call

Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE FABRICANTES DE MAQUINAS-HERRAMIENTA
Address
Paseo Mikeletegi, 59 - Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
San Sebastian
Spain

Participants (22)

THE MULTISECTORAL FEDERATION FOR THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY - AGORIA VZW
Belgium
Address
Diamant Building, Bd A.reyerslaan 80
Brussel
TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRIES OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Eteläranta, 10
Helsinki
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA PARA LA CALIDAD
Spain
Address
Claudio Coello, 92
Madrid
VERENIGING VOOR PRODUKTIETECHNIEK
Netherlands
Address
Parallelweg 30
'S-hertogenbosch
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE FOR CO-OPERATION OF THE MACHINE TOOL INDUSTRIES
Belgium
Address
Avenue Louise 66
Brussels
STICHTING NEDERLANDS CORROSIE CENTRUM
Netherlands
Address
Boerhaavelaan, 40
Zoetermeer
SORALUCE S. COOP.
Spain
Address
Osintxu Auzoa
Bergara
INDUSTRIEEL TOELEVERINGSBEDRIJF GODDEERIS NV
Belgium
Address
Moorseelsesteenweg, 206A
Roeselare
CIM GMBH INFORMATIONS UND PRODUKTIONSMANAGEMENT
Germany
Address
Steinbachstrasse, 25
Aachen
LEALDE S.COOP.
Spain
Address
Kortazar Auzoa Z/g
Ispaster
ESTARTA RECTIFICADORA S. COOP
Spain
Address
Poligono Industrial Sigma, Xixilion Kalea 2, Planta Baja, Pabellon 10
Elgoibar
LAU-NIK S.A.
Spain
Address
Poligono Galarza 48
Etxebarria
ROLF WISSNER GMBH
Germany
Address
Rudolf-wissel-strasse, 14-16
Göttingen
URPEMAK S.L.
Spain
Address
Basusta Bidea 2
Zumaia
T-DRILL OY
Finland
Address
Ampujantie, 32
Laihia
IDEKO S.COOP.
Spain
Address
Arriaga Kalea 2
Elgoibar
VALTION TEKNILLINEN TUTKIMUSKESKUS (VTT) - TECHNICAL RESEARCH CENTRE OF FINLAND
Finland
Address
Vuorimiehentie 5
Espoo
WETENSCHAPPELIJK EN TECHNISCH CENTRUM VAN DE METAALVERWERKENDE NIJVERHEID
Belgium
Address
Diamant Building - 2S / A. Reyerslaan, 80
Brussels
NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Netherlands
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
WZL - RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN
Germany
Address
Templergraben 55
Aachen
FUNDACION TEKNIKER
Spain
Address
Avenida Otaola 20
Eibar
INNOVATEC AG
Germany
Address
Am Funkturm 2
Zweibruecken