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Study to measure, prevent and erase the scuffing phenomena in returnable glass bottles

There are no technologies able to measure the scuffing phenomena and to regenerate the returnable glass bottles, neither from a domestic or a global perspective. The result of the project is going to be absolutely new and is going to allow maximizing the "life cycle" of the returnable glass bottles.

Nowadays there are no technologies able to measure the scuffing phenomena and to regenerate the returnable glass bottles, neither from a domestic or a global perspective. The result of the present project is going to be absolutely new in the state of the art and is going to allow maximizing the “LIFE CYCLE” of the glass bottles worldwide, with an undeniable positive associated environmental impact. Actually, the consortium is willing that - with the implementation of the results of the present project - the life cycle of the returnable glass bottles is maximised its mechanical limit (not to the aesthetical limit as done nowadays). Additionally, like with any research project there is a risk that the variables needed to measure scuffing can not be measured by MASITEK’s sensors or that even if the new technology is able to measure the physical parameters, these can not be correlated between them. Additionally, there is another important risk associated to the development of the project, that the assembled prototype is not able to regenerate the glass bottles as expected, or not in an efficient way. The present project has as main objective the study of the Scuffing phenomena from different points of view in order to enhance a result able to regenerate returnable glass bottles by erasing the Scuffing phenomena from its surface. In this respect, we are going to study the Scuffing phenomena from a preventive and a corrective point of view: A. PREVENTIVE: The project is going to give as a result a scientifically proven equation to measure the level of scuffing that a container (returnable glass bottle) is exposed to when going through a filling line; actually the aim of the project is to measure the reduction on the life of the container due to scuffing phenomena. The equation will be used by MASITEK Pressure QC+ sensor (technology for wireless data acquisition and delivery of the measurements to the cloud will be used) to measure all the variables that affect scuffing and calculate the scuffing measurement. Also, the use of different coatings is going to be assessed in collaboration with the new measurement technology. B. CORRECTIVE: Additionally, the project will also have as an objective the proof of concept of a new regenerating based technology – never used before – that is going to be able to regenerate returnable glass bottles. In order to execute this part of the project, the consortium will have to assemble a prototype for which is it going to be needed MEPSA’s special collaboration. As commented in previous parts of the present memory, the results of the project will help in the minimisation production waste and improve product quality (returnable glass bottles), it is expected that the new technologies developed reduce industrial waste by up to 20%, which not only improves the environment, but significantly improve the companies’ bottom lines respectively. In order to guarantee the exellent execution of the project, the management team of the project will be formed by two technicians (Pablo Asiron – Masitek and Jose Manuel Sánchez Fernández – SA DAMM), this team will be in charge of developing the project as leader of each Company team, monitoring the project progress, synchronization of the work packages and ensuring quality assessment, ensure the consortium internal communication process and communication towards Eureka. The Project Team is going to be constituted by the following expert technicians: A.- MASITEK: Pablo Asirón – Technical Project Manager, Rob Snell – Electronic Engineer, Michael Roop – Software Engineer, Dan LeClair – Software Engineer, Blake Hodder –Engineer Technologist, Alex Izichkis – Engineering Assistant. B.- DAMM: Jose Manuel Sánchez – Technical Project Manager, Manuel Asensio – Chief R+D Manager, Josep Maria Turc – Chief Engineer Manager, Bruno Cabello – Packaging Engineer Manager, Javier Sánchez - Packaging Engineer, Ludwig Boeck – Mechanical Engineering Draughtsman.
Acronym: 
PHENSCUF2016
Project ID: 
10 743
Start date: 
01-07-2016
Project Duration: 
18months
Project costs: 
370 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Design and Modeling / Prototypes
Market Area: 

Raising the productivity and competitiveness of European businesses through technology. Boosting national economies on the international market, and strengthening the basis for sustainable prosperity and employment.