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A COST-EFFICIENT, AUTOMATED, MACHINE STRENGH GRADING SYSTEM FOR SAWN TIMBER

Objetivo

WoodSonics responds to a need in the EU sawmill sector to improve competitiveness by implementing machine strength grading of structural timber at SME sawmills. In the context of a serious crisis in the construction sector, significant savings in production costs and the optimisation of yield through the use of machine strength grading systems can help SME sawmills survive. However, the current cost of machine strength grading systems (from €100.000 - €500.000) is prohibitive for SMEs. WoodSonics proposes a cost-efficient machine grading system (€60.000) using an innovative rolling ultrasonic transducer array which can be placed directly on the grading line to automatically grade the strength of the timber. Additionally, WoodSonics can detect and localise internal and external defects throughout the length of the board. The detection of localised defects allows sawmills to optimise their yield by removing defects and upgrading the quality of the timber, as well responding to specific client requests by separating defect-free wood within the same strength class. WoodSonics will be validated using spruce (the timber used in 90% of contruction) and chestnut, a high-value hardwood from the Mediterranean region.

Convocatoria de propuestas

FP7-SME-2012
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Régimen de financiación

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinador

NTRAM GENERAL S.A.
Dirección
Calle Victor Pradera 45
08940 Cornella De Llobregat Barcelona
España
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Aportación de la UE
€ 74 036,29
Contacto administrativo
Albert Nieto (Mr.)

Participantes (8)

ALBA ULTRASOUND LIMITED
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 347 266,28
Dirección
West Of Scotland Science Park, Todd Campus Unit 1, Block 3
G20 0XA Glasgow
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Victor Murray (Mr.)
BSW SAWMILLS LTD
United Kingdom
Aportación de la UE
€ 28 916,66
Dirección
East End
TD4 6JA Earlston
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Scott Shiells (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET MUENCHEN
Alemania
Aportación de la UE
€ 16 020,48
Dirección
Arcisstrasse 21
80333 Muenchen
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Katrin Hörmann (Ms.)
FUNDACIO PRIVADA INSTITUT CATALA DE LA FUSTA
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 6 764,40
Dirección
Ctra Sant Lorenc Km2 Planta 2
25280 Solsona Lleida
Tipo de actividad
Other
Contacto administrativo
Anna Borràs (Ms.)
UNIVERSITY OF STRATHCLYDE
United Kingdom
Dirección
Richmond Street 16
G1 1XQ Glasgow
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contacto administrativo
Martin Gregory (Mr.)
MiCROTEC S.R.L.
Italia
Aportación de la UE
€ 336 806,33
Dirección
Via Julius Durst 98
39042 Brixen - Bressanone
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Thomas Prenn (Mr.)
MANIPULACIONS DE FUSTA SL
España
Aportación de la UE
€ 325 185,04
Dirección
Calle Dels Albers S/n
08513 Prats De Llucanes
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Vicki Casas (Mrs.)
ATEKNEA SOLUTIONS HUNGARY KFT
Hungría
Dirección
Tetenyi Ut 93
1119 Budapest
Tipo de actividad
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contacto administrativo
Patricia Mérei (Mrs.)