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Automated knowledge based EDM technology for integrated tool making and precision components

Automated knowledge based EDM technology for integrated tool making and precision components

Objective

The overall objectives of KnowEDM are to improve the competitiveness of the mould and precision component manufacturing sector and preserve jobs for future employment through a 50% lead-time reduction and a 30% cost reduction for the tool making and precision engineering sector. A third overall objective is to improve attractiveness for young people through changing from labour intensive to knowledge intensive work.

The making of mould tools and precision engineering components is a very labour intensive, craftsmanship based activity. For one of the most important machining processes in this activity, Electrode Discharge Machining (EDM), reliable machining time calculation is not possible, which makes it impossible to optimise the total manufacturing process, reduce cost and to shorten lead time. The unpopular image of this sector makes it very difficult to find young skilled technicians for NC programming and operating advanced CAD/CAM systems. This sector in Europe, having a 12 Billion Euro turnover (of which about 75%, 9 Billion Euro, is attributable to SMEs), is now under sustained competitive pressure and is steadily losing market share to the Far East. Now there is an urgent need for innovation, costs saving and shorten delivery times.

The objectives will be achieved by development of integrated knowledge -based Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) technology for design and manufacture of moulds and precision components in order to streamline production. The technical objectives of the project will be met by knowledge-based systems and will achieve: "Automated calculation of EDM time (WP1). "Automated design and manufacturing of EDM-electrodes (WP2, 3). "Integrated knowledge-based design review of mould tools (WP4). Integrated manufacture of mould tools and precision components and established rules for deciding which features to EDM and what to High Speed Mill (HSM) for optimised machining of parts of particular geometry (WP5).

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Coordinator

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)

Address

Schoemakerstraat 97
Delft

Netherlands

Administrative Contact

Han OOSTERLING (Mr)

Participants (19)

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CCIM. COMPETENCE CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING

Netherlands

CONDÉS PROCESOS INDUSTRIALES, S.L.

Spain

FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE ASOCIACIONES EMPRESARIALES DE MOLDES Y MATRICES

Spain

GAUGE & TOOLMAKERS ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

GEREEDSCHAPMAKERIJ VAN WIJNEN

Netherlands

GEREEDSCHAPSMAKERIJ WINTERS B.V.B.A.

Belgium

HYBNER A S

Poland

IDEKO S. COOP.

Spain

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN

Belgium

MATERIALISE N.V.

Belgium

METAALUNIE NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VAN ONDERNEMERS IN HET MIDDEN- EN KLEINBEDRIJF IN DE METAAL

Netherlands

MISSLER SOFTWARE

France

NC GESELLSCHAFT E.V.

Germany

PERSPA B.V.

Netherlands

PP INJECTION MOULDS AND MOULDINGS LTD

United Kingdom

PROCESOS TÉCNICOS DEL MOLDE S.L.

Spain

STOWARZYSZENIE INZYNIEROW I TECHNIKOW MECHANIKOW POLSKICH - TOWARZYSTWO PRZETWORCOW TWORZYW WIELKOCZASTECZKOWYCH

Poland

ZEEKO LIMITED

United Kingdom

ZWICKER SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 30238

  • Start date

    1 October 2006

  • End date

    30 September 2009

Funded under:

FP6-SME

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 791 000

  • EU contribution

    € 2 328 000

Coordinated by:

NETHERLANDS ORGANISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH (TNO)

Netherlands