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Throughput-time reduction and first time right production for the thermoform industry by introducing a predictive mould design and manufacturing system

Objective

The product design, mould design and production within the thermoforming process is currently based on craftsmanship and an iterative trial and error approach. The European Thermoform industry (Employees: 275.000, Turnover: 27.5 Billion Euro, 85% of companies are SMEs) is facing severe competition from Far Eastern countries. In order to fight this competition, a combination of Throughput Time reduction and First Time Right production should be established. The current craftsmanship should be integrated in a predictive approach from product design to manufacturing with the emphasis on mould design to come to a First Time Right production of less costly thermoformed parts in shorter timescales.

The T-ForM project will result in a technology which is able to supply the thermoform industry with:
- Design guidelines for thermoformed parts,
- A complete proposal for an ideal thermoforming mould design, based on, and connect to, a dedicated Production Simulation system by developing a predictive mould design system for thermoforming
- Optimal thermoforming parameter settings coming from the developed predictive mould design system.

Through the developed technology an "ideal-thermoforming-mould" will be described in a neutral, digital form; which can be used immediately in commercial available CAD/CAM software for generating tool paths. In this was also the first time right and correct manufacturing of the mould is guaranteed.

The project will be supported an validated by hands-on experiences from authoritative IAG- an d SME-partners involved and will result in technology and methodology which:
- Will increase the knowledge base and cooperation of the sectors involved;
- Can easily be transferred by the lAGs to all their members and
- Will improve EU-competitiveness of t he thermoform industry as almost all EU countries are represented in this project through the 7 national and 1 European acting lAGs.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-SME-2
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Funding Scheme

Collective - SMEs-Collective research projects

Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)
Address
Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft
Netherlands

Participants (29)

AGORIA PLASTIQUES
Belgium
Address
Diamant Building, A. Reyerslaan 80
Bruxelles
ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION DE MATERIALES PLASTICOS
Spain
Address
Valencia Parc Tecnologic, C/gustave Eiffel, 4
Paterna-valencia
BATELAAN KUNSTSTOFFEN B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Veerpolder 51
Warmond
CLUSTERLAND OBEROESTERREICH GMBH, KUNSTSTOFF-CLUSTER
Austria
Address
Hafenstrasse 47-51
Linz
CRIF-WALLONIE
Belgium
Address
Parc Scientifique Du Sart Tilman A La Cense Rouge, Rue Du Bois St-jean, 12
Seraing
DECORCHAPA S.L.
Spain
Address
Pol. Ind. La Pedrera S/n
Calig - Castellon
FEDERACION ESPANOLA DE ASOCIACIONES EMPRESARIALES DE MOLDES Y MATRICES
Spain
Address
Parc Tecnologic Del Valles. Ceramistes 2
Cerdanyola Del Valles
FUNDACIO ASCAMM
Spain
Address
Av.universitat Autonoma 23 (Parc Techologic Del Valles)
Cerdanyola Del Valles (Barcelona)
GAUGE AND TOOLMAKERS ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
3 Forge House, Summerleys Road
Princes Risborough, Buckinghamshire
GESAMTVERBAND KUNSTSTOFFVERARBEITENDEN INDUSTRIE E.V.
Germany
Address
Am Hauptbahnhof 12
Frankfurt/main
HAARLEMSE MODELMAKERIJ BV
Netherlands
Address
Lange Herenvest 102
Haarlem
KAREL KOUBA - ACCUFORM
Czechia
Address
Jetelova 582
Zlin-stipa
LINECROSS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Station Road, South Luffenham
Nr. Oakham
MANFRED JACOB KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Bergstrasse 31-35
Wilhelmsdorf
MARCUS PAMMER
Austria
Address
Hausmanning 22
Kirchdorf
MIDAS PATTERN COMPANY LTD
United Kingdom
Address
22 Shuttleworth Road
Bedford
MISSLER SOFTWARE
France
Address
Rue Du Bois Sauvage, 7
Evry
OMNIFORM SA
Belgium
Address
Avenue Franklin 2
Wavre
OO TECHNOLOGIE- UND MARKETINGGESELLSCHAFT MBH, KUNSTSTOFF-CLUSTER
Austria
Address
Hafenstrasse 47-51
Linz
PERA INNOVATION LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Pera Innovation Park, Nottingham Road
Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire
PLASVINA S.L.
Spain
Address
Ctra. N. 340, S/n°
Llosa De Ranes
PRODUCENTENVERENIGING THERMOPLASTEN
Netherlands
Address
Vlietweg 16
Leidschendam
PROFITLOGISTICS GMBH
Austria
Address
Pyhrnstrasse 16
Schlierbach
RAPRA TECHNOLOGY LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
Shrewsbury
SABERT EUROPE
Belgium
Address
57, Chaussee De Namur
Nivelles
SMITHER RAPRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Shawbury
Shrewsbury
UNIPA KUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK GMBH
Germany
Address
Im Altenschemel 43
Neustadt An Der Weinstrasse
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART
Germany
Address
Keplerstrasse 7
Stuttgart
VERBAND DEUTSCHER WERKZEUG- UND FORMENBAUER
Germany
Address
Gerberwiesen 1
Schwendi