During Step One the necessary preparations for a Step Two Proposal are planned. The Exploratory Phase will comprise a detailed literature study, including the study of available patents. This goes together with a detailed market analysis. A search for applicable systems already existing will be included, too. A feasibility study is to be carried out. During the time of the Exploratory Award the SME proposes will have to look for further partners. The Step Two proposal aims at the development of sewing automate able to stitch the soles of shoes to the upper parts. Up to now no such machinery system is known. So the work that must be carried out in order to sew soles of shoes to the upper parts is to be done "by hand". The work is tedious and also dangerous for the worker to do. The development of this machinery system which application is not limited to the use in shoe manufacturing will be carried out by at least one machine manufacturer in close co-operation with shoe manufacturers.
Funding SchemeEAW - Exploratory awards