Sea Litter Critters is a compact, unmanned, renewables-powered and self-sufficient vessel able to pick up marine litter and to treat it on board for volume reduction and energy recovery. IRIS has obtained a grant from the H2020 SME Instrument Phase 1 to study the feasibility of of introducing to the market this compact, autonomous and self sufficient litter collection and treatment vessel based on IRIS' patent pending device treating waste thermally with plasma technology and no harmful emissions. This device is designed to operate near the shores especially nearer tourist facilities (beaches, marinas etc) substituting the mechanical collection of litter currently adopted or for clean-up operations after atmospheric events bringing unwanted solid material into the sea, offering also the opportunity for litter and other environmental data monitoring activities.
With the project NEW-DELI, developed in cooperation with Opi Photonics and Bern University of Applied Science (BUAS), IRIS has joined the Appolo consortium, part of the EC initiative I4MS (ICT Innovations for Manufacturing SMEs). NEW-DELI aims at experimentally assessing the application of OPI’s new ultra-short laser pulse delivery system, based on kagome fibres, to Additive Manufacturing fabrication processes, so to achieve surface micro-texturing and smoothing. IRIS is the end user setting the requirements in terms of surface finishing and working with OPI to define the process parameters.
SYMBIONICA - Reconfigurable machine for the new Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing of next generation fully personalised bionics and smart prosthetic - aims to develop a new technological platform integrating cutting edge innovations in design and manufacturing in order to deliver better medtech products and services for an improved quality of life. Started in November 2015, the project objective is to make technically feasible and economically sustainable the production of orthopaedic smart implants/prosthesis with a level of customisation never seen before. The consortium includes end users (prostheses manufacturers such as Sintea, the coordinator), system integrators and technology providers. Amongts them, IRIS is tasked to provide the entire process implementation.
BOREALISis an advanced concept of flexible machine for new Additive and Subtractive Manufacturing processes on next generation of complex 3D metal parts. A Horizon 2020 Factory of the Future project, it will develop a prototype of a novel machine able to produce large and complex metal parts, at unprecedented throughput and efficiency, in true net shape, with closed loop controlled and certified quality. Borealis machine is specifically conceived for the medtech, aerospace and automotive sectors, which typically experience extremely high manufacturing costs because of parts complexity, low production volumes and raw materials cost. Led by Prima Industrie, Borealis started in June 2015, with completion expected by June 2018. IRISistasked with the characterisation of the laser processing performance in terms of cost and time savings and resource and energy efficiency.
white'R is an EU funded project within FP7 framework, Factory of the Future workproramme. white’R proposes a new manufacturing concept based on the combination of fully automated, self contained, “white room” modules whose components - robots, end effectors, transport, handling and tooling systems - are conceived as “Plug&Produce” mechatronic sub-modules properly configured in order to perform very precise micro assembly tasks. The achievement will be demonstrated by 2 different demonstrators where the same white’R island will be reconfigured to be used in two different real industrial environments related to the laser processing (Prima Power) and the solar energy systems (NSL). white’R team forms a lean and efficient organization linking together 3 academic and research institutions to 10 industrial partners from 5 different countries, including both system development companies and industrial end users. white'R, led by Prima Industrie, started in 09-2013 and will end in 08-2016. IRIS is partner of the consortium and will lead project results exploitation and dissemination taking care of green labelling.
Project submitted to MESAP, Innovation Cluster for MEchatronics and Systems for Advanced Production of Piemonte Region. The goal is to develop an energy efficient, self programming, automated laser welding cell to be conveniently used in the contest of small lots production. The cell is based on the integration, in the same system, of a vision module, an image processing module, a CAD-CAM module and an industrial robot. ECOWELD led by SL, started as a privately funded initiative in 10-2013 and will end in 12-2015. IRIS role is to support main contractor in the execution of technical activities.
Project funded by Piemonte Region within POR-FESR framework managed by MESAP, Innovation Cluster for MEchatronics and Systems for Advanced Production of Piemonte Region.The goal is to develop two small scale, energy efficient, affordable devices to treat waste water and solid wastes from industrial processes. The treatment is based on the use of plasma technology: a plasma torch, at very high temperature to convert organic matter into synthesis gas, electricity, and a recyclable slag using plasma; an electrohydraulic direct discharge in waterfor the destruction of organic compounds and microorganisms. Greenplasma, led by Laserlam, started in 09-2012 and successfully ended in 09-2014. IRIS role was to support main contractor in the execution of technical activities. Project's results have been covered jointly by IRIS and Laserlam with 2 new patent application.