- Complex structures, geometries and scale
- Novel materials
- Customised products
Resource efficient, sustainable products
The Micro-FAST process is a net shape manufacturing process that is not generating production waste. therefore inherently efficient in terms of resources. The Micro-FAST system allows an efficient management of the manufacturing cycle controlling the quality of product in line with an high degree of automation and integration of each production step.
The new manufacturing system is intended for a high throughput, flexible and cost-efficient process for the production of ministurised components, realized using a wide range of materials, with strict dimensional tolerances. The whole development takes into accout energy savings and waste reduction.
- Lead time
- Product quality - Quality assurance
Supply chain and value network efficiency
Development of new technologies for production of powdered raw materials in an optic of improvement of economic performance. Extremely short processing-time, direct manufacture, very short process-chain and innovative highly efficient CNC type machine system can achieve sensible reduction of manufacturing costs.
- Process reliability - dependability
- Business development - Access to new markets
Reducing the consumption of energy, while increasing the usage of renewable energy
The Micro-FAST machine will include the in-line consideration of the energy needs for the specific process steps during their control and scheduling in order to reduce energy wastage and energy consumption peaks. This will be achieved increasing process stability and optimization of the maintenance cycles.
- Reducing the consumption of water and other process resources.
- Reducing emissions in manufacturing processes
Towards circular economy
In the project frame, different studies are conducted about the re-process of raw materials not possessing the required characteristics, in order to minimize the discarded amount. Efficiency in the production stage is guaranteed by the high level of control in the process and the optimization of resource statuses ("stand-by functionalities of certain components). Innovative solutions in dealing with end-of-life products are subject of research.