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Extending the operational lives of water soluble metalworking fluids without the need for toxic biocides and chemicals

Objective

At Shearline we have been experiencing increasing economic pressures in our metal machining business resulting from Far East low labour rate competition. Further pressures have arisen from essential EC Directives resulting in tightening of legislation concerning toxic components used in our metalworking fluids MWFs and tightening restrictions regarding their disposal MWFs are an integral part of our business they serve to cool and lubricate the machined parts.

It has been calculated that 16 of machining costs are attributed the lubricant. As a result of these pressures the population of metal machining companies currently consisting of 225 000 SMEs in the EU has been reducing by a steady rate of 5 year on year. We will create new cutting edge technology to extend the lives of MWFs by double from typically 12 to 24 months without the need for these toxic chemicals. We will therefore significantly reduce the manufacturing costs associated with MWF use from 16 to a target 8.

This will be achieved through will be the development of new pulsed electric field PEF technology to control the diverse microbial culture found in MWFs which are primarily responsible for reducing the lubricant operational life and an ultrasonic system to effectively homogenize the MWF emulsion and thus increase the stability of the MWF EXTEND will provide a direct benefit to the European metal machining sector increase competitiveness preserve machinists jobs and easing the path to comply with recent and imminent environmental and health and safety EC Directives.

Even with a conservative market penetration EXTEND has the potential to generate exports of 6 65 M p a In addition we envisage new market opportunities for EXTEND to include waste water treatment swimming pool water and pharmaceutical preparations etc.

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COOP
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Coordinator

SHEARLINE PRECISION ENGINEERING LTD
Address
Cambridgeshire Business Park Angel Drove
Ely
United Kingdom

Participants (12)

BIO-GATE AG
Germany
Address
Neumeyerstr. 48
Nurnberg
BLASER SWISSLUBE AG
Switzerland
Address
Winterseistrasse 22
Hasla-ruegsau
CLF TECHNOLOGIES LTD
United Kingdom
Address
14 Park Row
Nottingham
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTE FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
Munchen
MICROOMEGA SP. Z.O.O.
Poland
Address
Ul. Chelmonskiego 35
Wroclaw
NEW METALS AND CHEMICALS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Newmet House, Rue De St Lawrence
Waltam Abbey
NOTECH AS
Norway
Address
Gneisvein 8
Sandefjord
NRS TECHNOLOGIES HOLDING AB
Sweden
Address

Stockholm
PERA INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
PLASMAAIR AG
Germany
Address
Am Lindenberg 8
Weil Der Stadt Hausen
POLARTECH LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Ashburton Road West, Trafford Park
Manchester
STIFTELSEN TEKNOLOGISK INSTITUT AS
Norway
Address
Akersveien 24 St Hanshaugen
Oslo