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CUSTOCER - Mass Customisation of the ceramic and glass decoration. A contribution to the Future Manufacturing Industries

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  • CORDIS - PROJECTS 09/07/2010
  • RISULTATO

Ojectives: Product customization. A computer tool will be developed for the client to generate his own product design via the Internet; confirmation will then automatically commission production, thus providing fully customised service. Development of a prototype for decoration by application of an industrially feasible laser. Prototypes will be based on one or several laser techniques, classified in two groups: deposition and activation techniques. In the former, decoration occurs by depositing colouring materials on the surface of the fired ceramic tile and glass. The laser fuses the colorants and incorporates them into the surface, producing the design. Deposition occurs beforehand by a digital printing system. In another deposition technique the laser head itself feeds the material, with parallel fusion or 'cladding'. In the activation techniques, decoration is by changing surface colour by exposure to laser radiation. In both techniques, the development of colouring materials and optimum glaze compositions is critical. Production optimisation. Tile decoration is customised by so-called 'third-fire' manufacture, tiles fired by conventional techniques are decorated and then refired. Third fire requires relatively large production lots to be cost effective, thus limiting production of small customised orders. Decoration by laser technology will eliminate this last firing stage, reduce energy costs and gas emissions, and enable making small fully customised lots. It will also greatly reduce factory work space with the envisaged prototypes. In glass and ceramic tiles manufacture, organic colouring materials are mainly used for decoration, which are a source of pollutants and potential VOCs. The techniques envisaged will enable eliminating these. With regard to laser techniques currently used for decorating small pieces, the development will raise production rates, optimise the quantity of deposited colorant, and increase the exposure area, thus facilitating the decoration of large-size pieces


Start date: 2005-10-05
End date: 2007-10-04

Duration: 24 months

Project Reference: 18081

Project cost: 1.61 million euro
Project Funding: 893699.00 euro

Subprogramme Area: SME-1 Research for SMEs
Contract type: SMEs-Co-operative research contracts


Coordinatore: DECORKER, S.L. - Francisco Javier BERNAT (Mr) - ESPAÑA

Altri Partecipanti

  • NETHERLANDS ORGNISATION FOR APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - NETHERLANDS
  • LASER ZENTRUM HANNOVER E.V. - GERMANY
  • ISTITUTO PER LE RICERCHE DI TECNOLOGIA MECCANICA E PER L'AUTOMAZIONE S.P.A. - ITALY
  • ASOCIACION INDUSTRIAL DE OPTICA - SPAIN
  • ASOCIACIÓN DE INVESTIGACIÓN DE LAS INDUSTRIAS CERÁMICAS - SPAIN
  • CAM-SERVICE GESELLSCHAFT FUR SOFTWARE UND AUTOMATIONSTECHNIK GMBH - GERMANY
  • 3D-MICROMAC AG - GERMANY
  • NOVEL TECHNICAL SOLUTIONS LTD - UNITED KINGDOM
  • CERLASE - FRANCE
  • TECHNOLOGIA E COMUNICAZIONE DI GRUPO GHELCO SRL - ITALY
  • SMALTICERAM UNICER S.P.A. - ITALY
  • LIMATOOLS GLAS BV - NETHERLANDS
  • CERAMICHE SAVIO DI ELIO &C. SNC. - ITALY
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Quadro di finanziamento
  • 7FP-SME : RICERCA A FAVORE DELLE PMI nell'ambito del programma specifico “Capacità” recante attuazione del Settimo programma quadro (2007-2013) di attività comunitarie di ricerca, sviluppo tecnologico e dimostrazione
Area di interesse
  • Unione Europea