Nu-Wave (FP7project 218479 Jan2009-Dec2011), supported textile machinery SMEs in developing a new generation of high-performance machines for facing the crisis and compete in the market with low labour cost countries (specially Far East). The MACH-to project starts on the basis of Nu-Wave results and aims at filling the gap that still separates them from the market.
The Nu-Wave demonstrators were highly appreciated by technicians, researchers and journalists, as shown by the several expression of interest collected in ITMA fair–Barcelona 2011, by the Nu-Wave booth (H5-D116). Given such resonating results, the MACH-to project wants to scale up a Retrofit Kit that includes low-weight, low friction, long lasting components, that can be customized on a large number of textile machines. The Retrofit Kit is a chance for easily refurbishing old production lines and supporting textile industry in increasing the productivity and decrease the energy consumption.
MACH-to first goal is to customize the concepts developed within the Nu-Wave project onto a full scale industrial machine (already used by the end users of MACH-to) and evaluate the performances increased: this will demonstrate the up-scalability of the Retrofit Kit. MACH-to project will also accompany the Retrofit Kit into the market, through the implementation of a marketing and after sales strategy.
The MACH-to objectives:
• To design and realize a set of Retrofit Kits;
• To perform an intensive test campaign;
• To finalize a business model.
The innovations developed within Nu-Wave have shown to be potentially interesting for a very large community of end users (textile producers). The output of MACH-to will be a Retrofit Kit, customized for an increasing number of textile machines, that allow end users to quickly and effectively replace the components responsible of energy waste and losses in general. The MACH-to Retrofit Kit will definitely bring several advantages to the customers in terms of: energy saving, production speed increase, less maintenance, noise and vibration reduction and extension of machine specification.
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