This project, concerned with Advanced Surface Treatments (AST), was intended to transfer technology from and between Denmark, the UK and Spain. AST provides technological solutions to the problems of wear in cutting and other tools, where traditional treatments cannot provide competitive improvements. The main problem with AST within Europe is the low degree of awareness, mainly among the SMEs and specially in some regions and industrial sectors of the EU.
Representative companies of different sectors were targeted for the trials. The project intended to implement AST in three pilot sectors; plastic injection moulding tools, paper cutting tools and hot forging tool manufacture, as well as enabling a general diffusion campaign at the European level. Transfer of technology took place from Denmark and UK to Spain in the case of plastic moulding tools, from Spain and UK to Denmark in the case of paper blades and punches, and from Germany to the other countries in the case of near-to-net-shape technologies relevant to the PVD coatings of hot forging dies. Transfers were supported by the international exchange of information.
As a result the workprogramme identified 'state-of-the-art' as well a transnational campaign to convince companies in the pilot sectors to test the treatments and increased awareness of AST solutions, enabling the companies' choice of suitable treatments (ion implantation, PVD, surface preparation) increasing tool life by a factor of about 5.
Diffusion of non-confidential results will be carried out with the assistance of trade associations. A cost/benefit study as well as an exploitation plan will be carried out for each of the selected applications.
Other problems are related to the choice of best solution, the possibilities of applicability and the necessity of previous re-design or pre-treatment.
Funding SchemeCSC - Cost-sharing contracts
CB4 5UG Cambridge