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Development of sustainable & innovative cryogenic machining technology

To develop a sustainable & innovative cryogenic machining system/technology for overall machining performance enhancement, based on enhanced environmental impact, energy consumption, safety, personal health, waste management and manufacturing costs, and by employing sustainability principles.

INTRODUCTION OF IDEA The environmental problems, caused by the consumption of natural resources and pollution in the production and life of technical products lead to increasing demands and stronger regulations for manufacturing and usage of products. Sustainability has now become the world’s number one issue to be pursued for achieving a concrete and long lasting development. It is a process that characterises the development and affects all aspects of human life, including sustenance. The concept of sustainability is being discussed at a time when environmental problems, caused by various human activities, are requiring serious attention. As was the case a couple of years ago, Gro Harlem Brundtland introduced sustainable development as a development process that is achieved when it ‘meets the needs of the present, without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs’. Therefore, the core idea of the proposed project is application of sustainability mechanisms in the production processes through development of innovative machining systems/technologies. The idea is quite well defined and implemented in the other fields, but there is a huge lack of those principles implemented into the manufacturing/machining systems and technologies. Manufacturing industries are additionally under economic pressure, trying to compensate increasing costs and create added value to their products. The pressure is generated especially via EU strategies that are defined in the recent Lisbon Agenda. Based on those regulations the overall objective of the SUSCRYMAC project refers to the development of technological innovation through development of sustainable machining systems and technologies that are consistent with the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. In this way the manufacturing sector will have a chance to contribute to the idea of ensuring a global sustainable future via reduced energy consumption, lower environment pollution, etc. PROPOSED PROJECT ENTITIES * Development of a new machining concept for a sustainable machining system with a prototype. * Develop and ‘be’ a model for sustainability in the manufacturing processes. * Reduce the ecological footprint of the machining processes (power, oil-based and toxic waste disposals, etc.). * Fuse the progressive environmental and social machining processes with progressive productivity and economics. * Bring sustainable manufacturing/machining to a scientific level. * Incorporate the technologies that can be updated and implement these developments within the industry. * Make this idea of sustainable manufacturing/machining system and technology an educational tool. The interdisciplinary nature of the project involves professionals from the fields of production engineering, cryogenic engineering and control engineering. The project brings a contribution in each of these fields. The most important is the synergetic contribution of partners, which is the next level in concept, construction and execution of the proposed development of SUSCRYMAC. In the long term, the proposed research has the potential to contribute to highly competitive EU manufacturing, adding value and sustainability. The contents of the project are formulated to meet the objectives of the EU Lisbon Agenda, the EU Sustainable Development Strategy and the EU Environmental Technology Action Plan. The current intensive research work on machining processes has improved machining performances throughout higher productivity (higher speeds) and lower production costs. However, nowadays there is a bigger shareholder value and more important emphasis is being placed on the use of environmentally and health benign technologies, through sustainable issues for achieving cleaner, healthier, safer and more economical processes with waste reduction and higher energy efficiency. Therefore, the goal of this proposed research project is to develop a sustainable & innovative cryogenic machining system, based on new concepts of CL techniques under cryogenic conditions (extremely low temperature environment) that show a high potential in the improvement of their environmental impact, energy consumption, operational safety, personal health, waste management, and manufacturing costs. SUSCRYMAC will make a contribution to the promotion of manufacturing sustainability research in the EU and to increased waste-related corporate social responsibility. To this end, the project will fully exploit its potential in manufacturing, in order to meet the complex challenges of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy. The competitiveness will be increased via restructuring by shifting manufacturing objectives from cost orientation to sustainability.
Acronym: 
SusCryMac
Project ID: 
4 550
Start date: 
01-01-2009
Project Duration: 
36months
Project costs: 
520 000.00€
Technological Area: 
Design and Modeling / Prototypes
Market Area: 
Other industrial equipment and machinery

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.