Ainia | Date: 2017-02-08
The present invention relates to a method for detecting defects in a weld obtained by heat-sealing between two polymeric materials and a system for detecting defects in a weld between said polymeric materials implementing this method. The method uses the thermography technique for taking images of the sealing zone of the container, for subsequently correcting said image, acceptable descriptors or thresholds according to parameters such as room temperature, welding temperature and time elapsed since the end of the sealing operation in order to reliably analyze the occurrence of defects in the sealing zone.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: SGA-CSA | Phase: INNOVATION | Award Amount: 230.32K | Year: 2015
Innovation support by the Enterprise Europe Network - SEIMED to enhance the innovation management capacity of SMEs & services as key account managers for the SME Instrument beneficiaries in the regions of Comunidad Valenciana y Murcia. In order to enhance SME innovation management capacity, we will support SMEs to implement truly effective processes in order to become more competitive and have a pro-active attitude towards the changing business environment. The traditional approach to innovation is insufficient to make a qualitative leap in competitiveness and facilitate the renewal of the company. Our purpose within this programme is to accompany the enterprise in the process of diagnostic audit, definition of an action plan and the implementation of an innovation management system. It is necessary to create a system that could continuously generate innovation and not only erratic and sporadic progress. This service will be implemented as comprehensive seven-day service packages following the processes and guidelines that are laid down for this purpose. It will be delivered by suitably qualified senior innovation experts and be linked to the other support services of the Enterprise Europe Network SEIMED.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-RISE | Phase: MSCA-RISE-2015 | Award Amount: 1.33M | Year: 2016
Increasingly challenging global and environmental requirements have resulted in agricultural systems coming under increasing pressure to enhance their resilience capabilities in order to respond to the abrupt changes in resource quality, quantity and availability, especially during unexpected environmental circumstances, such as uncertain weather, pests and diseases, volatile market conditions and commodity prices. Therefore, integrated solutions are necessary to support the whole food agricultural life-cycle value chain. Solutions necessarily must consider the products cycle, as well as each of the value chain stages. Thus, managing risks and the uncertain availability of information will lead farmers to take advantage of these managerial, technical and social based-solutions. This implies the need for innovative technology-based knowledge management system to capture the agricultural information, at a variety of regional locations, in terms of collecting, storing, processing, and disseminating information about uncertain environmental conditions that affect agricultural decision-making production systems. Hence, from the genetic design of the seed, till their planting and harvest processes, RUCAPS provides knowledge of the full agricultural life-cycle based-decision making process to realise the key impacts of every stage of the agriculture-related processes. Therefore, RUCAPS implies the development of a high impact research project in order to integrate real-life based agriculture requirements, alternative land management scenarios, unexpected weather and environmental conditions as well as supporting innovation in the development of agriculture production systems, operations, logistics and supply chain management and the impact of these systems and processes over the end-users and customers. This is to be conceived through the integration of standard and customised solutions for facilitating the collaborative engagement within the agriculture value chain.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: SEC-2012.1.5-1 | Award Amount: 36.02M | Year: 2013
The accidental or deliberate release of CBRNE materials are low probability events that can have a significant impact on citizens and society. Whenever and wherever they occur, they usually require a gradual and multi-facetted response as they tend to provoke severe and unexpected physical, psychological, societal, economical and political effects that cross EU-borders. Successful CBRNE resilience requires a global System-of-Systems approach. The EDEN project will leverage the added-value of tools and systems from previous R&D efforts and improve CBRNE resilience through their adaptation and integration. The concept of the EDEN project is to provide a toolbox of toolboxes EDEN Store to give stakeholders access to interoperable capabilities they deem important, or affordable, from a certified set of applications. It will share the burden of development and allows for lessons to be learned and applications to be enhanced. The benefit of the EDEN concept is that integration will be applied at the application level. This means that all countries and stakeholders, irrespective of their existing capability levels, will gain immediate advantages through improved interoperability. EDEN Store will allow capabilities to be shared among multi-national CBRNE stakeholders, which is paramount in cross-border incident management, and through time allow for a build up of common capability across European boundaries. EDEN will be validated by three themed end-user demonstrations (Food Industry, Multi Chemical, Radiological) covering multiple hazards (CBRNE), phases of the security cycle, response tiers, and stakeholders. The EDEN consortium includes CBRNE domain end-users, major stakeholders, large system integration and solution providers, including SMEs with innovative solutions, and RTOs. The impact of EDEN is to provide affordable CBRNE resilience and market sustainability through the better integration of systems in real operations and thus enhancing the safety of citizens.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: KBBE.2012.2.2-01 | Award Amount: 7.92M | Year: 2013
Scientific understanding of the role and mechanisms of bioactives is fragmented. Research often addresses the theoretical possibility of health improvement effects rather than their real, practical use for everyday diets. Bioactives cannot be considered as discrete chemical compounds and research must focus on bioactive-enriched foods (BEF), if consumer demands for foods delivering appropriate health and wellbeing benefits are to be fulfilled. PATHWAY, a pan-European interdisciplinary team of 16 life/social scientists and 10 high tech/ food processing SMEs, uniquely addresses the role and mechanisms of action of 3 bioactives (docosahexaenoic acid, -glucan, anthocyanins, chosen for known/claimed effectiveness in reducing some risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome (MS), enriching 3 different widely-consumed food matrices (dairy-, bakery-, egg products). Critical evaluation of bioactive-food matrix interactions and determining the extent of synergies between the 3 bioactives are key elements of PATHWAY. PATHWAY will determine the impact of BEF on physiologically-relevant MS (a risk factor for many diseases) endpoints and deliver a better understanding of the role and mechanisms of action of the 3 bioactives and BEF. Parallel in vitro/in vivo studies will enable selection of robust biomarkers by advanced omics techniques. Deliverables will include BEF and generic protocols, best practices and guidelines for planning dietary interventions, and guidance to SMEs for producing health-promoting BEF and for submitting convincing health claim dossiers to EFSA; the latter will be greatly facilitated by one SME partner who has submitted 3 successful dossiers. PATHWAY guidelines will be generic and will apply to a wide range of bioactives and BEF. Impact will be optimised across Europe by targeted dissemination to industry (especially SME), consumer and S&T stakeholders. Young people will be trained in a stimulating interdisciplinary, trans-sectoral environment.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: SFS-09-2016 | Award Amount: 7.06M | Year: 2016
XF-ACTORS aims to establish a multidisciplinary research program to answer the urgent need to improve prevention, early detection and control of Xylella fastidiosa (Xf). Recently, Xf was introduced into Italy, where it is causing severe damage to olive crops, and in France, where so far it is limited to ornamental plants and some landscape trees. The overall goal of the research program is to assess Xf potential to spread throughout EU territory, while maximizing its impact through a multifactor approach, based on a seamless integration amongst the 29 partners involved. Proposed actions will be complementary to those carried out under the Project POnTE - 635646, thus ensuring an unbroken continuity with currently ongoing efforts. Specific objectives have been outlined following a step-by-step route, from preventing its introduction into pest-free areas to the establishment of successful eradication strategies in infected zones. Preventive measures against Xf will be strengthened by implementing EU certification programs and developing a plan for establishing a EU Clean Plant Network. EU policy makers will be supported through the development of pest risk assessment tools, focused on current outbreaks and forecasting potentially threatened regions. Surveillance will be properly implemented, supporting the development of early detection tools for field use, remote sensing technology and predictive modelling. Critical information on the pathogen biology, epidemiological traits and hosts under threat, will be gathered with the guidance of the American research groups with long-established research. At the same time, the insect-bacteria interactions will be determined, for developing strategic control measures. The final overall objective is a comprehensive integrated management strategy for diseases associated with Xf, applicable both IPM and organic farming systems, to prevent Xf spread, control its economic, environmental/social impact, when an outbreak would occur.
Ainia | Date: 2015-02-04
The present invention relates to a dispensing container for viscous products comprising a containing body (1) with a flexible side wall (1.1), a bottom wall (1.2) and a neck (1.3); an elastic bag (2) suitable for containing a viscous product (9) and arranged inside the containing body (1), and a closure head (4) of the containing body (1) comprising a supply hole (8) for supplying the product (9) with a product outlet valve (8.1), said valve preventing the entrance of outer air into the container. The bag (2) is elastic and is attached by its opening to the area of the neck (1.3) of the containing body (1), forming a first leak-tight chamber (5) between the outer face of said elastic bag (2) and the side wall (1.1) of the containing body (1). The head (4) and the elastic bag (2) form a second leak-tight chamber (6). The containing body (1) comprises a hole (10) with an air inlet valve (10.1) suitable for allowing air flow only from outside the dispensing container towards the inside of the leak-tight chamber (5) in response to a depression in said first chamber (5).
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: CSA | Phase: EE-21-2015 | Award Amount: 1.41M | Year: 2016
Industry alone accounts for one-third of all the energy used globally and for almost 40% of worldwide CO2 emissions. Heat for Industrial Processes stands for 17% of the overall energy demand and for 69% of the industrial energy demand in the EU28 countries in 2013. Whereas available EE and RE technologies could supply a significant share of heat requirements in industry. Even when technological or non-technological barriers are removed, investment conditions still hold has a key barrier to a further market penetration and to a due exploitation of their market potential. Besides an insufficient awareness of technological solutions or lack of appropriate financial support measures, the main barriers to Process Heat Efficiency and Sustainability (PHES) investments are related to financing conditions: end-user as own resources PHES but investments are regarded as having long payback; end-user as limited own resources access to funding is difficult and limits investments. Acknowledging these facts, the main objective of TrustEE is the definition and implementation of a market based financing model for PHES applications, gathering financial resources among a wide base of investors and assuring the investment capital for SME industries. Based on an Equity Trust model, TrustEE embodies an innovative approach to PHES financing, gathering the market expertise of end-users and technology providers on identifying specific projects matching objective economic viability criteria and providing them a financing tool embodying technical support and securitization measures ensuring: optimized investment conditions; reduction of risk; bypass restrictive criteria for SMEs financing conditions.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-10-2015 | Award Amount: 2.36M | Year: 2016
Political consumerism is a bottom up, grass root engagement of concerned citizens. By uniting their individual selves to a collective, the feeling of individual insignificance is transformed into a non-negligible player on the economic market. The diversification of political interests, the intransparent product interrelationships, however, far too often lead to an evaporation of the collective motion, of the rising up of individually aware citizens. The ASSET project develops and tests a pilot solution to pioneer on a new form of political consumerism aiming at empowering the individual to facilitate and to reinforce sustainable consumerism, through better decision-making and networking effects. Leveraging on the innovative combinations of interests by distilling individual and amplifying collective interests and forming collective political consumerism, it serves as an empowerment for the citizen. This crowd-sourced political consumerism builds upon open data, open source, distributed social networking and open hardware. Seizing the full potential of existing mobile communication, it creates collective awareness for political concerns amongst citizens, via integrating network and online collaboration, and collective awareness on economical demands for producers, visualizing mutual interest for sustainable consumption. The pilot solution includes an individually designed product rating system which is seamlessly integrated into the shopping routines. The pilot solution is developed by a multidisciplinary consortium including retail industry, consumer organization, social sciences and ICT centers, and is tested in fields studies with existing communities of people.
Agency: European Commission | Branch: H2020 | Program: BBI-CSA | Phase: BBI.S2-2015 | Award Amount: 965.75K | Year: 2016
With the five broad application areas of the BBI JU Scientific Innovation and Research Agenda, which defines the key areas around which projects should be developed, at its core, the BIOCOM action will develop excellent promotional and educational materials and design and implement pubic engagement activities, based on this material. These activities will be focused on promoting bio-based industries and the huge potential of their products. BIOCOM intends to meet the need for better communication of bio-based products and applications and the benefits they bring. In order to attain this ambitious challenge, the BIOCOM Consortium proposes providing a wide range of integrated, high-level activities and tools with recognised added value for communication programmes, having EU Citizens as their main target. Tools being developed to achieve this include an innovative online collaboration platform and social network, an accessible library of bio-based products, the development of training materials, social hack days, co-creation workshops, an eConference, BarCamps and thematic Charettes.