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Lightweight, high dynamic and programmable electric motion devices to halve assembly costs while doubling machine productivity and energy efficiency

Country of origin:
Country: 
SWITZERLAND
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOCH20200819001
Published
24/08/2020
Last update
03/09/2020
Expiration date
04/09/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Automation, Robotics Control Systems
Environmental and Biometrics Sensors, Actuators
Process automation
Component integration
Electrical Engineering/ Electrical Equipment
Controllers
Process control equipment and systems
Robotics
Packing products and systems
Manufacture of other machine tools
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Summary

Summary: 
A Swiss high-tech SME produces electric motion devices, which are highly efficient, lightweight and programmable, with comparable price and dimension than actual pneumatic actuators. Since the company also offers consulting services, commercial agreements with technical assistance are sought. For the mass production of its electric direct-drive gripper, it is looking for a manufacturing agreement. Last, a technical cooperation agreement is sought for the improvement of its controller.

Description

Description: 

A pneumatic linear actuator is a core component of industrial manufacturing equipment, whose main function is to convert energy (in the form of compressed air) into mechanical motion to produce every type of goods. However, pneumatic actuators are one of the weakest links in a modern production chain, because they entail several important issues in terms of energy efficiency, equipment overall effectiveness (OEE), digitalization, predictive maintenance and mass product customization.

The Swiss high-tech start-up aims at becoming the leader in the industrial machinery sector by developing innovative cost-effective electric machine components to accelerate the transition to a fully electric, sustainable and programmable industrial automation.

Thanks to the modular, compact and lightweight design, the 100% electric linear actuators and direct-drive grippers of the Swiss company can easily fit any machine, suit any application needs and meet the most challenging industrial requirements in terms of security, productivity, reliability, sustainability and digitization.

With a higher force density and better thermal dissipation, they offer better dynamic performance at lowest weight and dimensions with respect to linear motor technologies. They are fully programmable by the end user in an easy and simple way through the use of an end-user interface working via its electronics controller. There is no need for a software installation in comparison with existing technologies.

The Swiss company not only produces a standardized version of its machine tools to be distributed worldwide with the help of a distribution network, but also directly offers consulting services to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) through pilot projects for the development of a customized version of its product range. As a result, commercial agreements with technical assistance are sought to help OEMs integrate this innovative product in their machines.

The Swiss company is also looking for a manufacturing agreement for the mass production of its electric direct-drive gripper and technical cooperation agreements for the improvement of its electronics controller in terms of industrial communication protocols.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The Swiss SME offers breakthrough electric technologies, a plug-and-play solution to enable the adoption by the industrial world of sustainable solutions fitting any application needs and meet the most challenging industrial requirements (i.e. security, productivity, reliability and digitization): - Productivity: the actuators are up to 4 times faster and grippers are up to 3 times faster than pneumatic solutions; - Energy efficiency: the actuators can obtain energy savings up to 95% responding to an industry need for more energy efficiency; - Cost-saving solution: up to 2/3 of reduced operational costs can be cut and cost of switching id low; - Programmable: integrated actuators are easily programmable thanks to its web-based solution to synchronize multiple devices without any software installation required; - Modular, compact and light-weight design: can easily fit any machines and any machine application with a guaranteed life

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Prototype available for demonstration

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
- OEM and companies in the automation industry for filling, wrapping and packaging applications in the food, non-food and pharmaceutical sectors. Task to be performed: integration of the company’s electric motion technologies in their industrial machines under a commercial agreement with technical expertise.The Swiss company provides technical support and know-how transfer. - Companies specialised in industrial communication protocols such as FieldBus or with expertise in CNC (computer numerical control) machining. Task to be performed: the integration of new industrial communication protocol in the electronic controller under a technical cooperation agreement. - Companies specialised in high quality lifting, handling and production equipment and CNC machining for the mass production of the electric direct-drive gripper under a manufacturing agreement

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,251-500,SME 51-250,>500