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IntelServBus Report Summary

Project ID: 672777

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - IntelServBus (Intelligent Hydraulic Systems Enabling Service Business in Heavy Transport)

Reporting period: 2015-09-01 to 2016-08-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

The project transforms manufacturing driven SME supplying components to heavy transport and mobile machinery industry to an innovation driven SME gaining significant new turnover from value added services.
Hydraulic power systems are essential technology in several fields such as transport and machinery due to their unsurpassed power density. There is a trend towards subcontracting the components among the vehicle and machinery manufacturers with strategic and long-term subcontracting relationships. Still, there is a 25% per year increase in the imports of hydraulic cylinders alone to EU.
Hydroline Ltd. is a family owned SME that has been successful in its business providing hydraulic components for mobile machinery but it's looking forward to take the next step in business development. The success of the company so far has been based on design and manufacturing prowess, close customer relations and continuous company development. Intensifying these strengths will stave off the price pressure at low-end market segment caused by non-EU competition. However, maintaining the growth path of the company will require generating and developing new opportunities. That requires development of proprietary technologies and IPR, products based on those, and even closer relationship with the customers.
The objectives of the proposal comprise of product development based on Hydroline’s filed patents and pre-patent innovations. In particular, the product development activities are development of
1. intelligent, networked hydraulic cylinder to be used in system components.
2. integrated preventive maintenance system enabling value added services sales.
3. novel suspension kit based on the intelligent cylinder.
and refinement of
4. innovation for energy harvesting.
5. innovation for local pressure increase in an actuator.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

Work was performed in several work packages to select and develop technologies for the intelligent, networked hydraulic cylinder. A cylinder prototype and other development components of the preventive maintenance system were integrated to put in place and demonstrate the architecture of the system. The innovations for energy harvesting and local pressure increasing actuator were further refined to better estimate their benefits. All milestones were fully achieved.
The architecture demonstrator verified that the technologies are mature enough to create a novel hydraulic component beyond the state-of-art.

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

The technology will provide basis for business model innovation and disruption creating significant socio-economic impact.

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