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RECOGNITION AND PROCESSING OF INDIGENOUS INDUSTRIAL MATERIALS BY LASER

Objective


With the aim of making traditional European industries more competitive, this project sought to integrate recognition and cutting systems for raw materials, including wood, leather, cork and marble. Although partners found the original goal to be overly ambitious, the project succeeded in developing a scanning system for defects that includes both visual and infrared inspection. It also developed a high-speed, CO2 laser cutting system.
INDUSTRIES BASED ON THE USE AND TRANSFORMATION OF INDIGENOUS NATURAL MATERIALS SUCH AS CORK, LEATHER, WOOD AND MARBLE, ARE MOSTLY SMES DEPENDENT ON CONVENTIONAL CUTTING TECHNIQUES AND HUMAN VISION CONTROL METHODS.

THE USE OF DEDICATED LASER BASED SYSTEMS, ALLOWING THE INTEGRATION OF VISION AND CUTTING, WILL LEAD TO A SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENT BOTH IN MATERIAL WASTE AND IN PRODUCTIVITY RATES. A DECREASE OF 40 % IN WASTE IN THE CORK INDUSTRY, AN INCREASE OF 10 % IN PRODUCTIVITY AND GREATER FLEXIBILITY IN THE SHOE INDUSTRY AND A DECREASE OF 50 % OR BETTER IN OPERATION TIMES WHEN CUTTING COMPLEX SHAPES IN THE FURNITURE INDUSTRY, ARE EXPECTED.

THE MAIN GOALS OF THIS PROJECTS ARE:
1) DEVELOPMENT OF SURFACE RECOGNITION METHODS USING VISUAL, LASER SCAN AND INFRARED TECHNIQUES, ENABLING THE LOCATION OF DEFECTS AND THE ASSESSMENT OF THEIR RELATIVE SEVERITY.
2) INVESTIGATION OF THE FEASIBILITY OF LASER CUTTING FOR EACH MATERIAL AND DEFINITION OF THE BEST CUTTING PARAMETERS TO BE USED IN EACH CASE.3) MODIFICATION OF EXISTING PATTERN FITTING SOFTWARE TO TAKE CARE OF DEFECT LOCATION AND IRREGULAR CONTOURS OF HIDES AND CORK LATHES.
4) SETTING UP OF A DEMONSTRATION SYSTEM, WHERE THE INSPECTION, COMPONENT PLACEMENT AND CUTTING PROCESSES WILL BE INTERCONNECTED.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

Empresa de Investigação e Desenvolvimento de Electrónica SA
Address
Quinta Dos Medronheiros - Lazarium
2825 Monte Da Caparica
Portugal

Participants (5)

ASOCIACION DE LA INDUSTRIA NAVARRA
Spain
Address
C/san Cosme Y San Damian S/n
31191 Cordovilla
Amorim e Irmãos SA
Portugal
Address

4538 Lourosa - Santa Maria De Lamas
Centro Laser de Navarra
Spain
Address
Ctra.tajonar,s/n
31006 Pamplona
INSTITUTO DE SOLDADURA E QUALIDADE ASSOCIACAO*
Portugal
Address
Km 3,Avenida Do Professor Doutorcavaco Silva 33Parque D
2740-120 Porto Salvo
Indústria de Aglomerados de Cortiça SA
Portugal
Address

4536 Lourosa