Case studies

Case studies are summaries of some of the successful R&D projects that have been funded through one of our programmes in recent years. Read about the societal, environmental and commercial impact of these international collaborations.

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SPRAYFORMING

(Network Projects)

Moulding plastic as easily as clay

A consortium of German and Austrian companies and a university has successfully found a way to incorporate heating systems into moulds, saving money, time and energy in a significant manufacturing process: moulding plastic. The project participants capitalised on the benefits of thermal spraying to create resource-efficient metal moulds that can fit heating and cooling systems beneath their surface.

The SPRAYFORMING project has driven advances in both near-market and fundamental science and we anticipate a growing interest from industries moulding carbon fibre-reinforced plastics (project participant Airbus has already integrated these moulds into their manufacturing process). Widespread excitement about SPRAYFORMING has also encouraged new collaborations that distribute and promote this innovative technique.

Project funded by FFG and BMBF

  • Schmuhl Faserverbundtechnik GmbH & Co. KG (Germany – SME)
  • Bundeswehr University Munich (Germany – university)
  • Neue Materialien Bayreuth GmbH (Germany – SME)
  • Quickstep GmbH (Germany – SME)
  • ALPEX Technologies GmbH (Austria – SME and leading role)

LDL4HELTA

(Network Projects)

Meaningful relationships shape the semantic web business

The Austrian, Israeli and Spanish participants in the Eureka LDL4HELTA project capitalised on developments in AI, text mining and lexicography to develop new tools and services to meet the growing demand for language technologies.  


A key focus for the project was on “word-sense disambiguation”. This critical language technology identifies a sentence’s meaning when different interpretations are possible. It enables more value to be attached to high-quality information available in linked data form, including knowledge graphs. The semantic web (a more intelligent and intuitive web) is one step closer. 


Eureka helped the SME partners to strengthen their services and deepen their skills and knowledge in the burgeoning language technology market.

Project funded by: FFG (Austria), OCS (Israel)

  • Semantic Web Company (Austria – SME and lead partner)
  • K Dictionaries (Israel – SME)
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain – university)

EYEINJECT

(Network Projects)

Research with a vision

Czech and Slovak project participants developed a new medical device to help people in pain after eye surgery. Patients often experience discomfort when recovering from operations like laser-assisted sub-epithelial keratectomy (LASEK), where surgeons use a laser to reshape the surface of the cornea. There are anaesthetic drops that can help, but they tend to slow down the healing process. Researchers in the Eureka EYEINJECT project wanted to create a device for injecting a painkilling solution straight into the cornea. The needle had to be extremely thin and delicate and the injection very precise to avoid damaging the eye.

The device they developed features a needle with a diameter of just 0.15mm, and it can also be used to administer antibiotics in the case of corneal infections and for corneal cross-linking (a procedure to treat a condition called keratoconus), where the cornea thins out and weakens. Commercial success beckons.

  • Gemini Eye Clinic (Czech Republic – medical clinic and leading role)
  • Augenlaser Praxis Dr Pavel Stodulka (Austria – medical clinic)
  • Tajmac ZPS (Czech Republic – medical clinic )
  • Precision Tubes Europe (Slovakia – technology innovator)

WHITE TOP TESTLINER

(Network Projects)

Infinitely better recycled containerboard

Backed by Eureka, a Spanish paper and packaging company and a large Austrian company developed a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly solution to meet growing demand for white-grade top-coated paper. 


With demand for recycled paper materials outstripping supply, the quality was suffering. Specifically, Saica had to find a cost-effective solution to produce higher-grade corrugated cases and testliners on which essential information could be printed. They also needed to avoid relying on bleaching to get that familiar white “quality” look. 


After intensive R&D, Saica introduced its pioneering “Infinite” line of corrugated containerboard. Made from 100% recycled fibre, it offers higher brightness, whiteness and colour intensity and better print quality. It is thus ideal for modern packaging that needs to be both durable and appealing, with colourful printed graphics and texts that are easy to read. 

Project funded by: CDTI (Germany), FFG (Austria)

  • Saica (Spain - large company and lead partner)
  • Voith Paper (Austria - large company)