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Smart solution for connecting process with material characteristics to achieve new generation of digital materials for the automotive industry.

Project description

Driving new materials in the automotive industry

Electronics, the Internet of Things and smart systems are becoming extremely useful for many sectors and industries and are experiencing a rise in demand and interest across the globe. Among the sectors that are benefiting the most from the use of smart systems is the automotive industry. This smart integration could allow for better communication between the manufacturing process and the development of materials. Unfortunately, the automotive industry still lags behind in terms of smart systems uptake. The EU-funded DigiMAT project will reverse this trend by introducing an innovative smart solution for connecting process and material characteristics to achieve a new generation of digital materials in the automotive industry.


The main objective of the project is to develop a Smart solution for connecting process and material characteristics to achieve a new generation of digital materials in the automotive industry demonstrated by developing a new brake system with an anchor at least 12.5 % lighter and a housing with 10% improved machinability. The new developed solution will reach in next five years to the 35% of the European iron foundry market, 10% of the Worldwide level iron foundry market. A new smart data management module “DigiMAT module” will be developed by one SME specialized in ICT solutions. Its development will be supported by a sensor network and an advanced data management system already running in the iron foundry company. This smart module will consist on a specific algorithm for each digital material development combined with an automatic protocol definitions system that will conform a specific methodology. It will acquire, store, process and analyze data coming from a previously defined set of trials. . Its validation will be completed with the homologation of new digital materials by the TIER 1 company and by their introduction in the foundry company portfolio. In parallel the TIER 1 company will develop a lighter anchor based on the developed high yield material. This lighter anchor integrated into a new brake system will be functionally homologated by the TIER 1 and final user (OEM). Finally, partners will commonly develop a business plan for quick take up of the project results.
Digital materials can have a wide impact in industry and society. First stage will report significant business opportunities to ICT companies and increase turnover of Tier 1 in the brake area of the automotive sector(+30%). The potential application to all type of material can render in significant global weight reduction in transport media and more sustainable development of industrial processes.


Net EU contribution
€ 234 302,39

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The organization defined itself as SME (small and medium-sized enterprise) at the time the Grant Agreement was signed.

Noreste País Vasco Bizkaia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Total cost
€ 334 717,70

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