The HIPPOCAMP project has come to an end and thanks to the project; there are three results already in the market. During the project, a new plasma generator and a new bias power supply have been developed, now commercialized by Ionautics and a new creping blade monitoring system oriented to the pulp and paper industry commercialized by Lantier. All these new products have been introduced during the meeting, celebrated in on the 28th September in Brussels. Mr. Gustaf Winroth â Project Technical Advisor â congratulated the Consortium and encouraged to put these components on the market.
Hippocamp has been present at theÂ 66thÂ CIRP General Assembly celebrated in GuimarÃ£es from 21stÂ to 27thÂ August 2016. Jokin MuÃ±oa from Ideko presented two keynotes related to Hippocamp project:Â Chatter Suppression Techniques in Metal Cutting and Design of self-tuneable mass damper for modular fixturing systems.Â
The results of HiPIMS process characterisation and optimisation were presented at the biennial 15th International Conference on Plasma Surface Engineering (PSE) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Germany) during 11th-16th of September 2016. The PSE conference series is organized by the European Joint Committee on Plasma and Ion Surface Engineering. PSE provides an opportunity to present recent progress in research and development and industrial applications. Its topics span a wide range from fundamentals such as e.g. process modelling and simulation of plasmas or thin film physics, through experimental studies which establish the relationships between process parameters and the structural and functional properties of modified surfaces and/or thin films, towards the application in industrial production. The number of participants from academia and industry exceeds 700 visitors during the each conference. The member of team from the IP-ASCR Dr. Martin Äada presented in form of poster recent results concerning the ion flux and space charge sheath impedance measurements in the reactive HiPIMS plasma. Obtained results proved that simple, industry-friendly ion flux probe is able to control a reactive sputtering process. The probe developed within the HIPPOCAMP project is therefore suitable for optimisation of reactive sputtering process of e.g. CuCNx thin films intended for damping applications. Fruitful discussion with people from academia and industry has helped to disseminate results among HiPIMS community.
From 13-17th September, the AMB international exhibition for metalworking was held in Stuttgart, Germany. AMB is one of the leading industry trade fairs in the even years and is one of the top 5 trade fairs worldwide for metal-cutting technology. SORALUCE-BIMATEC showcased once again its expertise in manufacturing and the Hippocamp project was promotioned in its stand. Every two years approximately 1,350 exhibitors from almost 30 countries showcase the latest developments in machine tools, precision tools and relevant periphery for metal machining. Over 90,000 visitors are interested in this offering in the centre of Europe's leading high-tech region Stuttgart.
The team from the Institute of Physics, ASCR represented by Martin Äada participated at the annual International Conference on HIPIMS. Since the year 2010 the conference on Fundamentals and Industrial Applications of HIPIMS has brought scientist from academia and industrial partners together to learn more about new trends in HiPIMS technology. This year the conference was held in Sheffield (UK) one of the largest towns in UK. The Sheffield became famous thanks to cutlery industry and today usual crucible steel or stainless steel were invented here. Academia institutions in Sheffield are focused on application-oriented research and development for machinery industry too. The conference organisers have welcome more than 100 participants this year. Martin Äada during his oral presentation spoke about a new approach in controlling and characterisation of reactive sputtering process, mainly in HiPIMS. This method has been developed in cooperation of IP ASCR and Ionautics. The presentation showed that proposed technique is suitable for stabilisation of reactive deposition process in so-called the transition region of hysteresis curve of process parameters, which is important for proper optimisation of deposition process within the HIPPOCAMP project. Presented results attracted attention of audience as proved by fruitful discussion after the presentation and during coffee breaks
From 30th May-4th of June 2016, 29th BIEMH International Machine-Tool Exhibition took place in Bilbao, Spain. The exhibition, which is celebrated every two years, has gathered this year 1500 exhibitors dedicated to metal cutting machine-tools, metal forming machine-tools, robotics, etc. Soraluce and IK4-Ideko took the opportunity to promote the Hippocamp project at the exhibition, as well as to show to visitors the latest advances achieved within the project.Â
The team from the University of Oulu, represented by Dr. Gabriela Lorite participated in European Materials Research Society (E-MRS) Spring Meeting 2016. E-MRS has more than 4,000 members from industry, government, academia and research laboratories, who meet regularly to debate recent technological developments of functional materials. E-MRS Spring Meeting is the major society meeting which is organized every year in May or June. The conference is widely recognized as being of the highest international significance and is greatest of its kind in Europe with about 2,500 people every year. During the conference, Dr. Gabriela Lorite had an oral presentation related to the effects of plasma system parameters on the coating outcome properties in the symposium EE âCarbon-, or nitrogen-containing nanostructured thin filmsâ.
Month 20 General Meeting has gathered again Hippocamp consortium in Torino (Italy), on 19th April 2016. The meeting â organized by DIAD Group â was an important milestone for the Hippocamp project, due to the final stage of the project. Participants were able to share results and update on the progress made so far towards achieving the project objectives. Next meeting will be held in September 2016.
Lantier presented their latest innovations at the Maqpaper Exhibition, celebrated on 6-7 April 2016 in Barcelona. Maqpaper is the only exhibiton dedicated to the paper industry held in Spain, a meeting point for the manufacturers that introduce their latest developments. Since 2014, Maqpaper and Ecoenergetica (fair dedicated to energy efficiency) have joined forces, because of the complementarity of both industries. LANTIER, as a provider of solutions for the paper industry, didn't miss the opportunity to show their latest innovations, such as the results obtained from the Hippocamp project.
METAVÂ in DÃ¼sseldorf has been established as the major exhibition for manufacturing technology and automation in Germany. In 2016, industrial customers from Germany and Europe have met in the international trade fair for the full up-to-date range of offers for the market. From 23rd-27nd February, Soraluce was there showing its technological capacities as well as some European projects it is participating in, such as the Hippocamp project.Â Â