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Innovative rotomoulding development to improve cycle times and process efficiency whilst facilitating greater flexibility in product design and integrity for the SME-rotomoulding sector

Objective

ROTOFLEX addresses the needs of the Rotational Moulding industry through: · Development of an automated feed system for polymer, additives, and coolants direct to the rotating mould at any point in the cycle. This will allow the production of: multilayer parts for enhanced product performance fibre-reinforced composites and facilitate automatic and controlled internal mould cooling · Decreasing the processing cycle time by as much as 30% through automated feeding in the loading/heating/cooling/demoulding cycle. Reduced thermal stress to the polymer will allow use of engineering plastics for value added applications and improved dimensional stability. The EU rotational moulding sector uses 1.7 TWh of energy each year and therefore reducing energy consumption by 20%, through improving cycle times, will result in a saving of €30M. The Kyoto protocol aims to cut CO2 emissions by ~10% by 2012 and 50% by 2050. It is estimated that across the EU 750K tonnes of CO2 are emitted each year due to rotational moulding. Reduced energy usage gives a proportionate environmental impact. · Integration of rotational moulding simulation software (RotoSim) with new finite element models, validated experimentally, to quantify variables and control shrinkage, residual stress and warpage, leading to higher quality roto-products. · Knowledge-based rotational mould and machine design criteria/guidelines to accommodate the new universal feed system, and optimise processing performance; reinforcing the supply chain. · Apply the new automatic feed system, mould and machine design, and knowledge-based processing to enable the use of engineering materials, and the development of new multilayer, fibre-reinforced and wood-polymer composite (WPC) products, achieving target end-user specifications for value added applications.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/polymer science
  • /engineering and technology/materials engineering/composites
  • /natural sciences/computer and information sciences/software/application software/simulation software

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-2
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME-AG - Research for SME associations/groupings

Coordinator

SMITHERS RAPRA AND SMITHERS PIRA LIMITED
Address
Shrewsbury Road
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury
United Kingdom
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 68 618
Administrative Contact
Julia Pickering (Ms.)

Participants (11)

UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO
Portugal
Address
Largo Do Paco
4704 553 Braga
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
António José Pontes (Dr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mark Kearns (Mr.)
ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE COSTRUTTORI DI MACCHINE E STAMPI PER MATERIE PLASTICHE E GOMMA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 192 631
Address
Centro Direzionale Milanofiori
20090 Assago Milano
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Claudio Celata (Mr.)
ASSOCIATION OF ROTATIONAL MOULDINGCENTRAL-EUROPE
Germany
EU contribution
€ 226 925
Address
Keltergasse 6
76356 Weingarten
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Oliver Wandres (Mr.)
FLANDERS' PLASTICVISION VZW
Belgium
Address
Auguste Reyerslaan 80
1030 Brussel
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kristof Callewaert (Dr.)
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 205 738
Address
Rivington Street 6 Bath Place
EC2A 3JE London
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Davey (Mr.)
MAUS MODELL-UND FORMENBAU GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 71 850
Address
Am Viehweg 9
76229 Karlsruhe
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Mathias Maus (Mr.)
Tecni-Form Ltd.
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 92 475
Address
Goldstone Lane
BN3 7BU Brighton & Hove
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jon Ross (Mr.)
Sorcerer Machinery Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 221 652
Address
Singleton Works Blacknell Lane
TA18 7HE Crewkerne
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrew Prentice (Mr.)
493K Ltd
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 91 350
Address
Florida Street 8
BT6 8EW Belfast
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gareth Mcdowell (Dr.)
Vlaams Kunststofcentrum

Participation ended

Belgium
EU contribution
€ 181 612
Address
Etienne Sabbelaan 49
8500 Kortrijk
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Kristof Callewaert (Dr.)