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Innovative Design and Top Quality in Gold Jewellery Casting through Integration of Applied Computer Simulation, Design-of-Experiments and Rapid Prototyping

Objective

The European jewellery industry is facing a severe competition from Far Eastern countries on both home and export markets. The import of large volumes of low cost jewellery puts the margins under pressure. European companies, often employing less than 10 persons, traditionally show poor attraction for co-operation and research. This attitude hinders changes and innovation, though current production methods have rejection rates up to 20 or even 30% and up to 25% of job places could be lost in the sector over the next five years. Aim of this project is to introduce a new approach into jewellery design and production, through the development of a simulation tool on broad basis, the exploitation of the full potential of existing Rapid-Prototyping Technology and the use of Design of Experiment. Detailed research and analysis will be carried out both on materials properties and on processes, the latter being examined both at a laboratory and industrial scales. The SME proposer group represents the entire chain of suppliers, manufacturers and developers of jewellery materials, equipments and technology. RTD performers consist of complementary research partners with large and worldwide recognised experience. The strength of the consortium is unique, guaranteeing actuality and quality to the work to be performed, resulting in an estimated increased turnover of 20% in the first two years for the SMEs. Research results will be filtered, with the aim of extracting the main outcomes and recommendations of general applicability relevant for process innovation in the gold jewellery casting industry. Training sessions will be held, aiming at focussed transfer of the increased knowledge to the casting technicians, production engineers and product designers. The research and sustainable knowledge transfer will thus enable SMEs to offer new and innovative products to their customers, contributing to the increase of competitiveness of the European jewellery sector.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /natural sciences/chemical sciences/inorganic chemistry/inorganic compounds

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

FORSCHUNGSINSTITUT FUR EDELMETALLE UND METALLCHEMIE
Address
Katharinenstrasse 17
73525 Schwaebisch Gmuend
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 35 896
Administrative Contact
Roland Pfeifer (Mr.)

Participants (10)

POLITECNICO DI TORINO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 24 833
Address
Corso Duca Degli Abruzzi 24
10129 Torino
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Marco Actis Grande (Dr.)
BIRMINGHAM CITY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 20 407
Address
15 Bartholomew Row
B5 5JU Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gay Penfold (Ms.)
INDUTHERM ERWAERMUNGSANLAGEN GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 178 929
Address
Brettenerstrasse 32
75045 Walzbachtal - Johlingen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Hofmann (Mr.)
SPECIALIST REFRACTORY SERVICES LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 173 431
Address
Amber Business Centre
DE55 4BR Riddings
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ian Richard Mckeer (Dr.)
LEGOR GROUP SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 187 024
Address
Via San Benedetto 14/34
36050 Vicenza
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andrea Basso (Mr.)
SIBCO EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 107 982
Address
Spedding Road Fenton Industrial .
ST4 2ST Stoke On Trent
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jean Inskip (Mr.)
Altmann Casting AG

Participation ended

Switzerland
Address
Hauptstrasse 45
CH 2563 Ipsach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Andreas Altmann (Mr.)
ANTICA DITTA MARCHISIO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 93 596
Address
Via Cagliari 8
10153 Torino
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Patrizio Sbornicchia (Dr.)
REISCHAUER GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 111 633
Address
Wilhelmstrasse 24 -32
55743 Idar-oberstein
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerd Wagner (Mr.)
EICHENBERGER AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 111 076
Address
Kirchgasse 5
5734 Reinach
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Juan Franco (Mr.)