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Sensitive issues in plastics component design

Objective



Plastics products suffer from a high incidence of failure due to a low level of awareness amongst product designers and engineers of the critical phenomenological issues that determine product integrity, quality, and durability. The objective of this project is to provide SMEs that are too small to justify the employment of specialist Plastics Engineers, with a powerful, comprehensive yet understandable knowledge based design tool that will highlight the sensitive issues in plastics component design. An "inference engine" containing rules, relationships, criteria, data, and phenomenological descriptions will be constructed which provides for disciplined fail safe access to specific parts of a very large knowledge base in a form that is understandable and useable by SME's. The output of this proposed project will provide benefits to the skills base both as an aid to Education and training and as an aid to the efficient optimisation of such tasks as material selection, product design, tool design processing and product testing. As plastics products and components are used in critical applications, a reduction in structural failures will benefit the Community in terms of improved safety. If adopted by just 5 % of the supply chain, the benefits to the Community will be approximately 14.5 million ECU through reduced product development timescales, losses due to failure or faults and material costs.

Funding Scheme

CRS - Cooperative research contracts

Coordinator

Arkham Products Ltd.
Address
The Assylum
BD5 0YG Bradford
United Kingdom

Participants (13)

Albyn of Stonehaven Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Spurryhillock Industrial Estate
AB3 2NH Aberdeen - Stonehaven
Argo
Greece
Address
1St Km. Koropi-varis
19400 Koropi
Fern Plastic Products Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Macrove Road
WV6 9HD Wolverhampton
Hadewe Neopost BV
Netherlands
Address
3,De Tijen
9201 BX Drachten
Horda Compound AB
Sweden
Address

330 15 Bor
Instituto de Ciencia e Tecnologia de Polimeros
Portugal
Address
2,Avenida Prof. Gama Pinto
1000 Lisboa
Kesslers International Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
1,Warton Road
E15 2NF London
Plasticos da Figueira Lda.
Portugal
Address
51,Quinta Da Penha
3081 Figueira Da Penha
R.A. Labone & Co. Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Wood Street
DE7 8GE Ilkeston
RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
SY4 4NR Shrewsbury
SCHRODER-PLAST A/S
Denmark
Address
28,Savvaerksvej 28
7130 Juelsminde
Saunders Valve Company Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
Grange Road
NP44 3XX Cwmbran
Tenby Industries Ltd.
United Kingdom
Address
17-21,Warstone Lane
B18 6JG Birmingham