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Development of gear drive trains based on new materials and novel gear systems

Objective

The 135.000 European SMEs of the mechanical transmission sector producers of gears and gearing products rely on traditional technologies and are characterized by a general conservatism. However over the years the end products in which the gears are used have become more complex and are pushing the state of the art in new technology. Thus the requirement for more sophisticated and reliable gears become extremely important. The gear industry has to implement major changes in gear design and gear fabrication techniques just to keep up with the changing needs of the end product. Moreover, the output of mechanical engineering equipment is growing much faster in China than in the Europe or USA. China is thus becoming a serious competitor for the European SMEs of the sector. In line with the strategic objectives of the associations of manufacturers of gears and mechanical transmission systems, the objective of X-Gear is the diffusion and the standardisation of novel technologies and new materials for a new generation of gears characterized by higher accuracy, resistance, reliability, and tribology properties. In this context X-GEAR plays a role in the competitiveness of European industry since aims to comply with the tighter and tighter requirements being put on t he gear industry for lighter weight, higher torque transmissions and quieter, more efficient gear trains. Research activities will be focused on an innovative combination of: - New surface treatments based on Flame Spraying, PVD and Laser Shot Peening; - New materials based on nano-powders (namely ultra-dispersed fine diamonds) for the production of ultra-resistant gears; - Manufacturing and design tools and knowledge platform implementing guidelines and best practices developed in the project, for a wider diffusion of the project results to the IAGs and their members

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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D'APPOLONIA SPA
Address
Via San Nazaro 19
Genova
Italy

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Participants (22)

BRITISH GEAR ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
Suite 43, Imex Business Park, Shobnall Road
Burton On Trent, Staffordshire

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AGORIA ASBL
Belgium
Address
Diamant Building, A. Reyers Laan, 80
Brussels

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ASSOCIACAO DOS INDUSTRIAIS METALURGICOS, METALOMECANICOS E AFINS DE PORTUGAL
Portugal
Address
Rua Dos Platanos, 197
Porto

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SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL UNION MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
Bulgaria
Address
108 Rakovski Street
Sofia

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ASSOCIAZIONE INDUSTRIALE DI MASSA CARRARA
Italy
Address
Viale Xx Settembre, 118
Carrara

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ASSOCIAZIONE NAZIONALE ENERGIA DEL VENTO
Italy
Address
Via Piemonte 39
Roma

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STOWARZYSZENIE INZYNIEROW I TECHNIKOW MECHANIKOW POLSKICH
Poland
Address
Swietokrzyska 14
Warszawa

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HINDLE GROUP LTD.
United Kingdom
Address
Caledonia Street
Bradford

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DG TECHNOLOGY SERVICE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Giusti 3/a
Parma

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CIM-MES PROJEKT SP. Z O.O.
Poland
Address
Grzybowska, 87
Warszawa

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TECNOGIDUE S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Cà Bianca Pascolo, 26
Oggiono (Lc)

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BIERENS MACHINEFABRIEKEN B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Ringbaan Noord 189
Tilburg

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A. BRITO INDUSTRIA PORTUGUESA DE ENGRENAGENS S.A.
Portugal
Address
Estrada Interior Da Circunvalacao, 5109
Porto

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DEFAWES '96, NV
Belgium
Address
Industrieweg 112 -114
Wondelgem (Ghent)

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STAM S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Xx Settembre 18-5
Genova

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STRESSTECH OY
Finland
Address
Tikkutehtaantie 1
Vaajakoski

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
United Kingdom
Address
6, Kensington Terrace
Newcastle Upon Tyne

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SPACE RESEARCH INSTITUTE - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Bulgaria
Address
Moskovska 6
Sofia

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INSTITUTE OF PRECISION MECHANICS
Poland
Address
Duchnicka 3
Warsaw

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GALBIATI GROUP S.RL.
Italy
Address
Viale Vittorio Veneto 24
Milano

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DENDRIT LTD.
Bulgaria
Address
2a, Hristo Stefchov Str., Gorna Banya
Sofia

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TECHNOCONTACT INTERNATIONAL LTD.
Bulgaria
Address
Konstantin Irechek Str., 20
Rousse

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