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Development of an efficient heating and cooling technology system for rotational moulding, which will –dramatically reduce cycle time, product cost and energy consumption

Objective

Rotational Molding is a very competitive manufacturing method for producing large hollow plastic products. It provides one advantage over other plastic processing technologies: production of seamless articles, with uniform wall thickness and complex shapes for sectors as chemical storage, toys, construction and transports. However this technology has stuck without major innovative improvements in last years becoming energy inefficient and costly, and at the same time other techniques which have substantially improved (as injection moulding or blowing moulding) are not suitable for such large pieces. Moreover, it has to face up to the growing market of low cost plastic goods from China and India. As a result, rotational moulding industry with high labour and energy costs becomes one of the most vulnerable sectors of Plastic Processing Industry. Therefore, this sector needs to research and develop technology innovations in order to provide plastic industry of high value added products which manufacturing will allow it to reduce energy consumption and production costs. The challenge is the development of low energy systems in order to enhance the energy efficiency and reduce the cycle time, without becoming more expensive. The solution proposed is an automatic rotational molding machine with the following systems: -Induction Heating System. This system will use a medium frequency power supply and helical induction coils to generate heat within the mold. It will integrate a thermal insulating layer between the coil and the mold to avoid heat losses. -Internal Cooling System. The new technology will be integrated an internal cooling system which it will consist of ionic liquids. This system will remove heat from internal mould atmosphere, reducing the cooling time. In addition, it will provide low pressure to the polymer when it has reached melt point in order to improve the mechanical properties of the final product and to reduce cycle times.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-2
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Coordinator

CONFINDUSTRIA BERGAMO - Unione degli Industriali della Provincia
Address
Via Stezzano 87
24126 Bergamo
Italy

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Marco Vanzi (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 134 010,80

Participants (12)

VERBAND TECHNISCHE KUNSTSTOFF-PRODUKTE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 73 442
Address
Stadelstrasse 10
60596 Frankfurt Am Main

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Other
Administrative Contact
Wilhelm Croessmann (Mr.)
THE BRITISH PLASTICS FEDERATION LBG
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 433 636,50
Address
Bath Place 6 Rivington Street
EC2A 3JE London

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alan Davey (Mr.)
ASOCIACION ESPANOLA DE INDUSTRIALES DE PLASTICOS - ANAIP
Spain
EU contribution
€ 362 886,50
Address
Calle Coslada 18
28028 Madrid

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Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Sylwia Piotrowska (Ms.)
ROTOTEK LTD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 15 176,49
Address
Sylvan Way, Old Great North Road
NG24 3UT Newark

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Spencer (Mr.)
SOLVIONIC

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France
EU contribution
€ 128 076,79
Address
11 Che Des Silos
31100 Toulouse

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Delphine Barbon (Ms.)
OÜ Frog Plastic
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 280 679,50
Address
Harku Tee 3560
76901 Tabasalu

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Priit Kello (Mr.)
TERMOMACCHINE SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 294 319,50
Address
Via Valgioie 12/4
10040 Rivalta Di Torino

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Bruno Gili (Mr.)
PERSICO SPA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 27 300
Address
Via Follereau 4
24027 Nembro

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alessandro Bergamelli (Dr.)
THE QUEEN'S UNIVERSITY OF BELFAST
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 15 480
Address
University Road Lanyon Building
BT7 1NN Belfast

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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Pauline Mccann (Ms.)
KUNSTSTOFF-INSTITUT FUR MITTELSTANDISCHE WIRTSCHAFT NRW GMBH (KIMW NRWGMBH)
Germany
EU contribution
€ 16 240
Address
Karolinenstrasse 8
58507 Ludenscheid

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Udo Hinzpeter (Mr.)
TECNOLOGIAS AVANZADAS INSPIRALIA SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 10 383
Address
Calle Manuel Tovar 49
28034 Madrid

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alfredo Sanchez (Mr.)
TRENT MOULDINGS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 321 413,92
Address
Rio Drive Collingham 1
NG23 7NB Newark

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Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Martin Spencer (Mr.)