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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).

Call for proposal

FP6-2004-SME-COLL
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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 (19)

CCIM. COMPETENCE CENTER FOR INNOVATIVE MANUFACTURING
Netherlands
Address
Decimastraat 38
Leiden
CONDÉS PROCESOS INDUSTRIALES, S.L.
Spain
Address
C/ Sevilla, 34
Ibi
FEDERACIÓN ESPAÑOLA DE ASOCIACIONES EMPRESARIALES DE MOLDES Y MATRICES
Spain
Address
Parc Tecnològic Del Vallès, Ceramistes 2
Cerdanyola Del Vallès
GAUGE & TOOLMAKERS ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
3 Forge House, Summerleys Road
Princes Risborough
GEREEDSCHAPMAKERIJ VAN WIJNEN
Netherlands
Address
De Hoef 4
Gameren
GEREEDSCHAPSMAKERIJ WINTERS B.V.B.A.
Belgium
Address
Europalaan 7
Overpelt
HYBNER A S
Poland
Address
Ul. Pradzynskiego 26
Sroda Wielkopolska
IDEKO S. COOP.
Spain
Address
Arriaga Kalea 2
Elgoibar
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
Address
Oude Markt 13
Leuven
MATERIALISE N.V.
Belgium
Address
Technologielaan 15
Leuven
METAALUNIE NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VAN ONDERNEMERS IN HET MIDDEN- EN KLEINBEDRIJF IN DE METAAL
Netherlands
Address
Einsteinbaan 1
Nieuwegein
MISSLER SOFTWARE
France
Address
7 Rue Du Bois Sauvage
Evry
NC GESELLSCHAFT E.V.
Germany
Address
Zeppelinstraße 9
Ulm
PERSPA B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Hermesstraat 8
Tilburg
PP INJECTION MOULDS AND MOULDINGS LTD
United Kingdom
Address
Redman Road, Lower Beversbrook Farm Industrial Estate
Calne
PROCESOS TÉCNICOS DEL MOLDE S.L.
Spain
Address
C/ Ciudad De Asunsión, 44 Bis
Barcelona
STOWARZYSZENIE INZYNIEROW I TECHNIKOW MECHANIKOW POLSKICH - TOWARZYSTWO PRZETWORCOW TWORZYW WIELKOCZASTECZKOWYCH
Poland
Address
Swietokrzyska 14A
Warsaw
ZEEKO LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
The Stables
East Lockinge, Didcot
ZWICKER SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Address
Nordring 98A
Nürnberg