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HI-SCORE - Hi performances, Sustainability and COst REduction in the machine tool industry – Results

During the HI-SCORE project, solutions were developed for the management and reduction of energy consumption, the replacement of cutting oils with cryogenic fluids and the study of ceramic materials for tools. The activities made it possible to achieve the double effect of an increase in performance and reduction of the environmental impact and energy consumption of the machines and production systems. The evolution of the instrumental mechanics sector is linked to the request of stakeholders for ever-increasing productivity that requires continuous improvement of technologies. The concrete positioning of the Hi-SCORE project, with respect to the issues and business realities involved, will be a key point for the correct transfer of the resulting innovation and the formation of highly skilled human capital, in line with the technologies with which it will interface in the corporate environment.

Simulation and modeling of machines and processes

With the aim of reducing test costs and improving knowledge of processes and systems, several approaches have been developed within the Hi-SCORE project to simulate the behavior of the machine tool in a virtual environment by: modeling the behavior of the structure mechanical, of the chip removal process and of the interaction between cryogenic fluid and the cutting process.

Increased chip removal performance thanks to cryogenic technologies

The environmental and operational performance in the field of chip removal is influenced by the lubrication technologies used. The cryogenic lubrication-refrigeration systems (i.e. nitrogen, CO2) in place of those with water / oil emulsion, would bring performance advantages of process and reduction of consumption, in addition to the reduction of environmental impact. With the Hi-SCORE project we intend to study the use of ceramic materials and coatings in cutting tools in order to increase their performance, above all in extreme conditions such as those induced by cryogenic refrigeration, but also to establish correlations between the process variables and the tribological mechanisms involved.

Innovation in the design phase - use of damping materials

The use of an integrated design methodology, capable of producing virtual prototypes of the machine and evaluating, in addition to the design of the individual subsystems, the complexity that derives from their interaction and the use of advanced materials makes it possible to estimate production and environmental performance . The Hi-SCORE project has the objective of developing and transporting the most recent design techniques (object-oriented modeling) to the company, as well as the adoption, already at the design level, of innovative materials with high damping properties such as foam aluminum

Hi-SCORE MUSP Consortium

The HI-SCORE project - Hi performances, Sustainability and COd REduction in the machine tool industry - stems from the need for ever-increasing sustainability, combined with the reduction of environmental impact, the increase in performance (productivity, dimensional accuracy, finishing and of form) and the development of self-adapting capacity to changing working conditions. Being competitive in the mechanical engineering sector means investing in product and system innovation.

SPARK Mechatronics and Motoring | Piacenza Technopole

​On 7 November 2017, at the Tecnopolo of PIacenza, we made the latest edition of SPARK dedicated to the subject of Mechatronics and Motoring. Laboratories of the High Technology Network, Companies, Associations and Centers for Innovation worked together to compile a Business Model Canvas with the aim of strengthening the value proposition of 3 industrial research projects financed under the POR FESR.