NMP-2008-4.0-3 Nano-technology enabled applications for integrated, cost-effective volume production
Technical content/scope: The aim is to develop production systems and associated assets derived from the most promising nano-technologies that can be integrated within existing or new industrial manufacturing applications for European industry. Priority is to be given to enabling nanotechnologies that are mature enough to be integrated within existing or new production lines, with the highest potential to promote industrial application of nano-engineered products.
Specific focus will be on Nano-structured surfaces for the manufacturing equipment industry (both for the applications of nanosurfaces in their new equipment and for the production of nanosurfaces) The objective is to develop production equipment, associated components and products that are characterised by highly functionalised nano-structured surfaces; that are defined as surfaces containing at least one dimensional feature smaller than 100nm. Applications of nano-surfaces inside manufacturing equipment are driven by the need to avoid surface damage on the manufactured components, eliminate sources of contamination, reduce cleaning chemical consumption, and improve equipment reliability.
Targeted functionalities could be cleanliness, prevention of particle emission, efficiency against bacteria contamination, low chemical reactivity, wear resistance, high temperature applications, temperature sensing, wear monitoring, low damaging and sticking of soft material, optical resistance. Surface engineering should address different bulk materials such as alloys, advanced polymers, elastomers, ceramics and composites. The new properties caused by the nanosurfaces will lead to new features of the machine components and/or resulting products.
Processes may include coating processes such as self-organisation of surface molecules, specific manipulation, material removal or deposition as well as nano-scaled structuring of surfaces and solids. On line nano-surface functionality control has to be addressed, and should be supported by the co-development of appropriate quality measures, including surface characterization equipments and procedures, online control and online control systems. Deliverables should include material design ands engineering, process development and qualification, advanced design and engineering of production equipments, control systems of multifunctional environment and quality assurance.
Funding scheme: Large-scale integrating projects
Specific features: The following specific requirements will be reflected in the evaluation: (i) in order to ensure industrial relevance and impact of the research effort, the active participation of industrial partners represents an added value to the activities (ii) to widen the industrial impact, proposals should ensure the involvement from the European Manufacturing equipment industry, involve all relevant end-user groups in the nano-micro-manufacturing value chain and demonstrate that proposed research maintain the strong position of this important industry.
Expected impact: The proposed research should show a clear strategic contribution to establishing a new European manufacturing industry fully exploiting the potential of the new nano-technology based processes and materials, including making these technologies industrially relevant by reducing their time and cost for integration.
Priority will be given to research that focuses on industrially mature enabling nano-technologies, integrating these within existing or new production lines, with the potential highest industry demand for manufacturing new, high-added value components and products with the most promising industrial and market potential.
Criteria of research output and deliverables will be based on targets related with the improvement of yield, reliability and throughput of the production equipments. Additional criteria will be the potential for reduction and prediction of equipment maintenance which guarantees the highest possible quality of manufactured components.

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