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Establishment of an integrated process chain for the cost-efficient manufacturing complex glass optics

Objective

Demand for complex yet low-cost glass optics is growing within the sectors of lighting technology, automotive engineering and in the areas of renewable energy. However European SMEs are continuously being confronted with the dual challenge arising from the trend towards increasingly complex geometries coupled with intense pressure on market prices.
Still the state-of-the-art to manufacture complex shaped glass optics is not efficient enough to meet the requirements of mass production sufficiently. The process requires large amounts of energy and manual work resulting in a very time-consuming and expensive process. Therefore the European SMEs pull for new technology developments enabling them to build up a new and improved process chain which allows for an efficient and economically viable glass optic replication.

The key to success in developing an efficient integrated production chain for complex optics is to mould optics directly from a gob of molten glass. By moulding directly from a gob of molten glass reheating of glass is obsolete saving large amounts of energy. Due to the precise cutting of glass gobs no subsequent mechanical processing is necessary and the amount of glass waste will be reduced to almost zero. In order to provide the SMEs with this efficient and economically viable production chain extensive developments are necessary.

The project CENTiMO will start with a detailed analysis of the gobforming and the moulding process. Based on this the RTD Partners Fraunhofer IPT and Glass Service will develop a suitable melting and gobforming process which is able to form gobs which can directly be moulded into glass optics. In parallel, the glass moulding process will be developed. In order to achieve the required quality and mould lifetime new mould materials will be evaluated. Finally an evaluation and qualification of the developed processes will give decisive feedback for the improvement of the whole process chain.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/automotive engineering
  • /natural sciences/physical sciences/optics
  • /natural sciences/mathematics/pure mathematics/geometry
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 30 819,69
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (5)

GLASS SERVICE AS
Czechia
EU contribution
€ 7 791,60
Address
Rokytnice 60
755 01 Vsetin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Erik Muijsenberg (Mr.)
FULLER GLASTECHNOLOGIE VERTRIEBS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 264 019
Address
Industriestrasse 1
94518 Spiegelau
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alexandra Füller (Mrs.)
INDUSTRIAL ANALYSIS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 229 292,88
Address
Crouchmans Business Yard 5 Poynters Lane Great Wakering Shoeburyness
SS3 9TS Southend On Sea Essex
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Graham Brooks
OFFICINE S.L. SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 255 315
Address
Localita San Marziale 7
53034 Colle Di Val D Elsa Si
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francesco Leoncini
OSRAM GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 57 484
Address
Marcel Breuer Strasse 6
80807 Munchen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Brigitte Walter (Mrs.)