TresClean - High ThRoughput lasEr texturing of Self-CLEANing and antibacterial surfaces

Project Partners

The TresClean Project is made up 7 Partners across Europe. They include:

UNIVERSITÁ DEGLI STUDI DI PARMA (UNIPR)

The University holds 18 Departments, 35 first degree courses, 6 one-cycle degree courses, 38 second degree courses, as well as many Postgraduate schools, Postgraduate Teacher Training courses, several Masters’ Degrees and Research Doctorates (PhD). The ideal size of the University (30,000 students, with more than 5,000 graduates per year, and about 2000 faculty and staff members) attracts a large number of students from all over Italy. Moreover, the University of Parma has been awarded by EACEA with the ECTS Label (2013/2016) for transparency and accountability in international academic exchanges. The University of Parma incentivizes scientific research in many different fields, promoting international collaboration and partnerships with foreign universities and centres. The University is committed to building research excellence through high quality staff and students, as well as network projects financed by European and international institutions.


The Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Parma is the reference Department for research and educational activities related to the field of industrial engineering. The specific areas of interest embrace the typical topics of mechanical and material engineering and engineering management. The Department is a member of Siteia.Parma (Interdepartmental Center for Security, Technology, Innovation in the Agri-food field, http://www.siteia-parma.it) particularly interested to innovative technologies and advanced materials for agri-food industrial requirements. The centre conducts research in collaboration with Italian companies with an interdisciplinary approach and is a node of the Emilia-Romagna high technology network, Thematic Platform: Agrifood.


The group of manufacturing processes and production systems led by Dr. Luca Romoli has a long-lasting experience in laser based processes applied to industrial case studies. Among the most recent research topics the group was involved in the laser welding of stainless steels, in the microdrilling of metals and more in general in precision manufacturing. Laser structuring of metal surfaces and its industrial application for the food industry is the most recent concern of the group having many possibilities to be applied in the environment of Parma and Emilia Romagna. The interest towards nanostructured materials and coatings is the focus of the activities of the research group (SURFMAT Lab) coordinated by Prof. Federica Bondioli that aims to develop inorganic and hybrid nanostructured coatings by sol-gel method. The modification of the physico-chemical and aesthetic properties of the surfaces (metallic, ceramic or polymeric) is used to give to the material, not only improved mechanical (anti-scratch coating) and anti-corrosion properties, but also new features, ranging from the ability of pollutant and bacterial degradation (antibacterial coating) to the possibility of activating self-cleaning mechanisms. The acquired know-how on the surface wettability, can be transferred on the TresClean project in order to depth characterize the obtained surfaces and help in the correlation between functional characteristics of the finished products and laser

Collaborators:

Luca Romoli
Federica Bondioli

UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART (USTUTT)

The University of Stuttgart was founded in 1829, at the beginning of the industrial age in Europe, and celebrated its 175-th anniversary in 2004. The cooperation between technical, physical and human sciences has always been an advantage of the University of Stuttgart. Today the university is a modern, achievement-orientated institution with a comprehensive range of subjects and a focus on technical and physical disciplines. The 130 mio. Euro annual third-party funding shows that the university is a popular partner for European and German, federal and private organizations and the economy. 4.000 employees work in over 150 institutes, 10 faculties and in central institutions; this makes the University of Stuttgart one of the greatest employers of the region. Actually, 20.000 students are registered, 1.700 students graduate every year and start their careers. Additionally, about 150 trainees from many different branches train for their jobs here. They become mechanics, mathematic-technical assistant and many other trades - in the workshops and laboratories of the university. The Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge (IFSW- (http://www.ifsw.uni-stuttgart.de) of the Universität Stuttgart, founded in 1986, is reputed as one of the leading laser research centers worldwide. Its strength is based on a holistic research approach covering every aspect from laser sources to their applications and ranging from fundamental investigations to industrial technology transfer. The main activities at the IFSW are currently concerned with selected topics in the fields of laser beam sources (especially the thin-disk laser), optical elements and components for beam delivery and beam shaping as well as fundamental investigations on the light-matter interaction with the subsequent process development of macro and micro applications for industrial manufacturing.


A significant core research area at the USTUTT is devoted to fundamental investigations on diode-pumped solid-state lasers (mainly thin-disk lasers). Current efforts concentrate on the reliable generation of radiation with high beam quality and the power scalability of lasers in all modes of operation (cw, Q-switched, mode locked) of oscillators as well as for amplifiers. Strongly related to the research on high-power lasers the USTUTT also develops novel optical elements for the polarization and the spectral control (polarization and wavelength selective devices as well as highly efficient pulse compressor gratings) of laser radiations. Within the core research area on laser-based Process Development the knowledge on fundamentals gained in the continuous research on the interaction between laser beams and matter is exploited for the development of novel laser-based manufacturing technologies. USTUTT will develop an industrial useable high-power thin-disk multipass amplifier synchronized with the scanner technology from the project partner Raylase and will provide its expertise on laserbased manufacturing technologies. Furthermore, USTUTT, together with the partners will investigate the upscaling of direct laser texturing with this high average power ultra-short pulsed laser system.


Collaborators:
Thomas Graf
Rudolf Weber
Marwan Abdou Ahmed
Volkher Onuseit

CENTRE TECHNOLOGIQUE ALPHANOV (ALPHANOV)

ALPhANOV is a private, non-profit organization and is the Technology Center of the French “Route des Lasers” competitiveness cluster. It provides technical resources and expertise required to fulfil R&D challenges and innovative development in photonics, optics and lasers. Located in the Bordeaux area, ALPhANOV employs about 50 highly skilled Researchers, Engineers and Technicians. The Technological Center offers dedicated facilities and equipment for laser developments, implementation and characterization. It has strong expertise in laser micro-machining and processing developments, optical design and prototyping in vision, microscopy and spectroscopy, and fiber Laser sources and optical fiber components.


The business unit micro machining has a broad experience and equipment for micro and nano scale processing. Since more than 5 years the engineering of surfaces and the optimization of surface function due to laser texturation is one of the strategic aims of the business unit. The blackening of metallic surfaces as well as the hydrophobic or hydrophilic properties of industrial parts has been demonstrated on various applications. Due to these activities the BU has been selected as finalist in the prestigious prism award for optical surfaces with this technology in 2015.


Collaborators:
Rainer Kling
Marc Faucon

RAYLASE GmbH (RAYLASE)

RAYLASE is an international pioneer in developing and marketing modular components and submodules for laser beam deflection, modulation and control including state of the art software and electronics. We supply our products to a worldwide market and support our customers with a combination of professional consulting, customized solutions and add-on services. The product range includes scan heads for CO2-, HeNe-, Nd:YAG-, frequency-doubled and frequency-tripled Nd:YAG- as well as diode or Argon-lasers.


Our products deflect laser beams from a few milliwatts up to several kilowatts, starting from single-axis scanning units to dual-axis scan heads up to 3-axis subsystems. Typical applications are marking, scribing, engraving, cutting, drilling, perforating, soldering, welding, tempering and rapid tooling. This enables innovative production technologies in the printing, packaging, electronic, textile, medical or automotive industry.
 

RAYLASE GmbH was established in 1999. Since then RAYLASE has been developing scanning units based on galvanometerscanners, interface cards to control precisely the scanning unit and the laser, a general-purpose and user- friendly software package and optical components for fast beam delivery. In a recent project a hybrid scan head for scanning speeds up to 200 m/s has been developed, which is based on one polygon- and two galvanometer-scanners. This scan head is the basis for further developments to enable ultra-high speed structuring applications with ultra-short pulsed lasers.


Out of its worldwide 90 employees, more than 20 employees are working in research and development. This team is responsible for tasks like mechanical and optical engineering and simulation, electronic and board design, VHDL programming, control engineering and simulation, embedded programming and programming of a Windows application program. All employees have master degree or an even higher level of education. This underlines the focus of RAYLASE into research and development.


Collaborators:
Erwin Wagner
Markus Weber
Berthold Dambacher (CTO)

ECOR International (ECOR)

ECOR International provides critical components for its three main different markets: food and liquid, aerospace and defence, advanced mechanics. The core business is the welding and all its related special processes on titanium alloys, stainless steel and special alloys. ECOR International has the full competence and the know-how to support the customer to realize welded parts starting from the raw material purchase to all its production phases including the quality final inspection and the non-destructive tests (NDT). The welding technologies are GTAW, GMAW, micro PAW and Laser YAG Welding. High Vacuum brazing, heat treating and surface treatments (i.e. pickling, passivation, electro-polishing and thermal spraying coatings - HVOF) are available to improve the performance of the manufactured parts (i.e. mechanical properties, tribocorrosion resistance). R&D dept. is implementing new skills and enabling technologies such as FEM simulation, corrosion behaviour and materials protection. A pivotal activity is the Integrated Simulation Area, an environment dedicated to simulation and physical testing of components, subsystems and complex industrial systems based on innovative methodologies (DOE, Weibull, FMEA).


ECOR International R&D Dept. supports the customer in the design of new products and their manufacturing processes. Especially for the food, liquid and pharma industry, the company designs and produces parts and integrated systems for the filling process. The focus is on the critical parts where the bacteria and foreign object contamination could lead to dangerous situation and economical risks. With 30 years of experience, the R&D Dept. has acquired an important know how about the aseptic areas and liquid circuits of the filling machines. The further knowledge of the sterilization processes and the manufacturing capabilities allow ECOR to provide different solutions about materials, chemical and corrosion properties, surface treatments to improve the performance of such critical processes. The result of these activities can be evaluated on specific test rigs designed in collaboration with the customer, according to the project requirements.


Collaborators:
Fabrizio Casadei
Rinaldo Rigon
Domenico Stocchi
Pietro Pranovi
Riccardo Franci
Antonella d’Arienzo

BSH ELECTRODOMESTICOS ESPANA SA (BSH)

BSH Hausgeräte GmbH is the largest manufacturer of home appliances in Europe and one of the leading companies in the sector worldwide. BSH has 40 factories worldwide and more than 56,000 employees. BSH Electrodomésticos España is a subsidiary which has 7 factories and 5 R&D centers where develops for all the group, technologies of heat pumps for dryers, gas cooking, induction, ironing and transversal technologies for all products, developed by the corporate centre of innovation and technology. Improving the consumer's quality of life is what determines the company's activities. With the individual needs of local consumers in mind, the company develops home appliances that are characterized by intelligent design, user-friendliness and energy efficiency. BSH sets new standards with technologies such as "Home Connect," the world's first solution to allow connected home appliances from more than one brand to be controlled with a single app. The crucial factor in all of BSH's developments is not what is technically possible, but what offers real personal benefit to the consumer.


The main area involved in the project is the Technology Management one, which is part of the Corporate Innovation division.

Collaborators:

Andrés Escartín
Carmen Artal
Virginia Gotor
David Urrutia

Modus Research and Innovation LTD (MODUS)

Modus Research and Innovation LTD was established in 2017 to help bridge the gap between the academic and business sectors in supporting collaboration, enterprise, and knowledge-based business development. Modus provides hands-on practical support to all types of initiative in this business space. As an intermediary operating in the market space between business and academia, Modus interact with many R&D based businesses as well Universities and Research Institutes.


In particular expertise in the management of FP7 and H2020 projects is offered to organisations that are coordinating projects. H2020 Project Management Support services cover all the management and reporting requirements of the Commission allowing the coordinator to focus on leading the scientific and research aspects of the project. All project managers possess scientific research backgrounds, and are trained in project management as well as H2020 requirements, ensuring that they can provide informed support in a wide variety of projects. In addition to the project management services, Modus specializes in coordinating Exploitation Planning activities at the project level. It does so by utilizing a specifically developed Exploitation Matrix (SQUADRON™) which is a tool supporting the development of an IP exploitation strategy which aligns projects results and deliverables to the demands and opportunities of the market. Finally, Modus coordinates the delivery of the dissemination and communication strategy, with a team of qualified experts in marketing and graphic design. Modus builds onto the strengths of the scientific and research activities in its projects and delivers a professional service which help the projects excel in all activities.

Collaborators:

Alison McLeod

Heather Cumming

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The TresClean project is an initiative of the Photonics Public Private Partnership and has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement No. 687613