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Lugon-et-l'Île-du-Carnay, France

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ENERGY.2008.8.1.1 | Award Amount: 2.79M | Year: 2009

Heat recovery at a high temperature level is essential in industrial thermal processing. The use of ceramic materials yields higher temperatures and subsequently a higher efficiency. The present project aims to develop a new generation of ceramic heat exchangers for high temperature heat recovery with the target of significantly reducing the size and weight as well as also the price of such components by simplifying the manufacturing process and allowing a higher flexibility in the heat exchanger geometry. The use of precursors/template materials taken from the textile industries and a subsequent ceramic conversion is proposed as the main technological path for reaching the above objectives. Although this principal option is not new, there are no development efforts known, to utilize such a technological approach for industrial high temperature heat exchangers. The proposed route will lead to an increase in freedom of the geometric design at low costs for shaping. The development/refinement of the conversion process for such materials into a thermal-shock resistant gas-tight ceramic (e.g. silicon infiltrated silicon carbide) and the multi-objective optimization in terms of size, geometry, material and production costs is the major challenge of the proposed project. A complete ceramic heat exchanger component shaped by textile technologies is targeted. The combination/junction of existing robust ceramic components already applied in industrial furnaces, like silicon infiltrated SiC tubes, with compatible ceramic heat enhancement elements, built through the textile technology based manufacturing process, allows a robust construction in terms of application safety as an intermediate technology development step. At the same time a significant size reduction or increase of the heat recovery level can be achieved due to the higher heat transfer by the fine shaped and geometrically flexible heat enhancement elements.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME-AG | Phase: SME-2 | Award Amount: 2.50M | Year: 2008

The PASSAGE project aims to develop a Capability Management Platform providing Textile and clothing industrial associations with a set of validated products and services enabling their affiliated SMEs to efficiently manage the existing know-how and skills together with new competences taking the technological evolution into consideration. The objective of the platform is to make knowledge-based web-services available to the SMEs, taking a holistic view on the whole supply chain, to diagnose, forecast and manage know-how and competence needs. Such a platform will offer a method, tools and related guidelines dedicated to the diagnostic of future critical know-how shortages and the definition of preventive actions to face them based on an anticipative human resource management methodology including: - An integrated methodology and related product-service for anticipating new/future know-how required to master technological evolutions. - A method and related guidelines dedicated to the diagnostic of the critical know-how detained by SMEs in a given Region/Job/Work position/Competence and enabling the anticipation of possible competence shortages (illness, retirement).

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-IP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.5-2 | Award Amount: 7.69M | Year: 2008

This proposal concerns flexible materials in the form of high added value smart fabrics/textiles which are able to sense stimuli and react or adapt to them in a predetermined way. The challenge for the European textile industries is to add advanced functions to textiles and the recent progress of new technologies such as electronic inks provide an opportunity for a breakthrough by incorporating MEMS on flexible textiles/fabrics. The project will exploit microfabrication to produce, using custom printing processes, active functions cost efficiently. We propose to develop fundamental micro fabrication production technologies for MEMS on fabrics/textiles using flagship demonstrator applications. This will result in a cheap, easy to design, flexible, rapid, way to manufacture multifunction smart textiles/garments for a large set of multi-sectorial applications. The processes will be based on thick film printing and sacrificial etching for the MEMS structures. Subsequent inkjet printing will be used to deposit thinner structures on the thick film printed layers incorporating for example active nanoparticles to add further functionality. These printing processes have many benefits including low-cost, repeatability, flexibility, suitability for high throughput production, relatively inexpensive equipment, short development time and the capability of depositing a wide range of materials. All the novel printed inks will be electrically activated sensors and actuators and we will use standard electronic devices for power supply/storage, signal processing and communications offering low price and mass production. The project will undertake a number of initial demonstrators of the underlying basic technology. These will be based on: light emission, cooling/heating, anti-static effect, energy harvesting, micro-encapsulation and actuation. MICROFLEX is a perfect example of the transformation of a resource-intensive to a knowledge-intensive industry.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: FoF.NMP.2010-2 | Award Amount: 4.01M | Year: 2010

The Micro-Dress project aims to extend the limits of feasible garment customisation for mens, and ladies garments, to include for the first time user-configurable wearable functionality, as well as user-selectable degree of material eco-friendliness. The challenges related to both added value aspects will be researched in order to prove these concepts within a pragmatic framework based on two distinct business/supply chain models: i) Extension of existing mass customisation model of an International Brand (Ermenegildo Zegna), ii) Expansion of an innovative mass-customisation model (micro-factories), targeting innovative SMEs. The Objectives are: - Development and deployment of direct-write rapid manufacturing techniques for the production of portable garment integrated microelectronics components. - Derivation of eco-efficiency and eco-logistics related prediction algorithms and web-tools enabling user configurable eco-certification, based on materials and processes information along the supply chain (yarn to garment). - Development of a new biosensor-based screening test which can revolutionise the process of consumer health related garment components screening (fabrics, accessories, etc). - Development of an e-supply chain management platform to model the sourcing of e-devices and the concept of configurable eco-certification along the two supply chains (vertical brand chain, supply network of micro-factories). The platform will be built on the principle of Software as a Service, to maximise its exploitation potential. The results will be demonstrated by two pilots, one focussing on the user configurable eco-certification, the second on the customisable attachment of safety e-devices. The project brings together a multidisciplinary Consortium of 9 partners, of which 5 are SMEs, two are prominent EU Institutes and two are leading Textile and Clothing Groups.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-TP | Phase: NMP-2007-3.1-2 | Award Amount: 4.74M | Year: 2008

SERVIVE net proposes the enlargement of the assortment of customizable clothing items currently on offer, the enhancement of all co-design aspects (functionality and fun) and the development and testing of a new production model based on decentralized networked SME cells.The Servive net will not only seamlessly link critical Mass-Customisation (MC) enabling services, but more important it will adapt these services to the specific needs and preferences of well-defined target customer groups. It will also enable all necessary interactions of customers with value-chain actors in transparent ways, thus enabling and encouraging the active participation of end consumers in the configuration of the customised items. The selected product configuration will in turn influence the production scenario (see the extended Micro-Factory concept below). Central to this scenario is the concept of Virtual Customer Advisor (VCA), which, depending on the profile of the customer will recommend the optimum product configuration, based either on style preferences (Style Advisor), functional requirements (e.g. for protective clothing/ sportswear) or body morphology and physical disability or problem figure related issues. On the upstream part of the chain, the Servive net will introduce the innovative organisational concept of the Networked Micro-Factory, directly linked to the concept of User-centred Production Configuration. The MF concept promotes the idea of decentralized production close to retailers and consumers (proximity advantage). MFs can range from networked small size but high-tech MC production sites, to sites equipped with automatic knitting machines, or even semi-automatic 3D assembly centres (single-ply cutter \ sewing robots). Knowledge-based web services will relate to style expertise, human body expertise and data, material and specific manufacturing knowledge.

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