Partners

Ceit-IK4 is a private multidisciplinary non-profit research and technology organisation (RTO) closely connected to TECNUN, the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Navarra (Spain). Its mission is to provide the industry with services through the development of technical research projects and to form young researchers and PhD students. Ceit-IK4 promotes excellence in applied research by publishing non-confidential results and participating in scientific and technical forums. This RTO also has a comprehensive doctoral teaching program in the industrial area. 

 

Ceit-IK4 consists of three vertical divisions (Materials and Manufacturing, Transport and Energy, Water and Health) and a fourth additional horizontal division (Information and Communication Technology).  Ceit-IK4 is member of the IK4 Alliance, which covers a total of 1,400 people and has a turnover of around 100 M€. Its members share strategies and combine capacities without giving up their sovereignty. Through a shared strategy, the sum of the capacities of the nine RTOs provides the alliance with the flexibility it needs to adapt to the characteristics of any company. Today, IK4 is a benchmark on the European scene and is among the continent’s premier private, scientific and technological corporations.

 

CEIT-IK4 will participate in LASER4SURF project through the Advanced Powder Metallurgy and Laser Manufacturing Group of the Materials and Manufacturing division. Its activity focuses, among others on:
The use of laser systems to process the material surface for a range of applications, including solar cells, semiconductor lasers and biomaterials.
The development of free space or integrated optical sensors using waveguides and diodes. 

The Data Analysis and Information Management of the Information and Communications Technologies Division of CEIT will participate as well on the project, dedicated to transforming data into valuable information through: data processing, statistical analysis, determination of probabilistic algorithms, etc. 

 

CEIT-IK4 will be involved in several work packages (WPs) and tasks of the LASER4SURF project. From the most technical point of view, Ceit-IK4 will lead WP4- Modelling for tools for LIPSS processes and parameter selection. The main tasks within this WP will rely on the development of a software platform that will enable industrial end-users to select the process parameters that give rise to a desired functionality, without a need to deeply understand the LIPSS generation process. This duty is absolutely aligned with the expertise and experience of Ceit-IK4, as can be seen in the following sections. 

 

In line with this WP4, the team will also be involved in: 

  • WP2- Design and development of a prototype for controlled LIPSS. The expertise of Ceit-ik4 in the development of LIPSS processes for advanced functionalities will be determinant in the definition of the requirements of the prototype 
  • WP3- Design and development of an in-line monitoring unit. 
  • WP5- Integration of the developed tools. As this WP will cover the integration of the modelling tools developed in WP 4, Ceit will decisively contribute to define the interfaces between subsystems and to test and optimize the interoperability of all of them. 

 

On the other hand, as Coordinator partner of the project, CEIT-IK4 will be in charge of the coordination and management of the whole project at its different levels: technical development, Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management, regulatory issues, dissemination of the results, etc. Additionally, Ceit-IK4 will lead WP7 Gathering experience and new scenario definition with the aim of maximising the future impact of the project results.

Created in 1999, LASEA is a high-tech Belgian SME which has a unique expertise in the design, manufacture and use of laser systems for industrial purposes. More specifically, LASEA offers micromachining solutions (cutting, drilling, engraving, marking, texturing, welding…)  for several demanding industries such as pharmaceutical, medical or watches industries.

Its laser products and services are: expertise and prototype development, laser workstations, turn-key machines. Equipped with 18 laser sources Femtosecond, picosecond and nanosecond lasers, CO2, high power diode lasers, diode pumped solid state lasers (DPSS), robots (6-axis and XYZC1C2 tables) as well as various measurements systems (pyrometer, power-meter and vision systems), LASEAdevelops and validates its new process and systems before industrial integration.

LASEA is based on the Liège Science Park allowing it to have strong partnerships with regional Universities and the Space Centre. LASEA has already worked in several European and regional projects. Currently LASEA is working in FP7 LASHARE, H2020 HIPERDIAS, H2020 POLAROLL, EUROSTARS HYIBIRD, MANUNET DECOAT and regional projects MICROLAB, GLASSLAS-3D, IMPLANTS-3D and MICROLAS.

LASEA has 20 years of experience in laser micromachining. Therefore, LASEA will play a key role in the development of LASER4SURF project, contributing in the development of the laser texturing prototype mainly from the engineering aspects of the technology.

MULTITEL is a non-profit organisation private research centre. The activities of MULTITEL include signal processing, wireless networks, railway certification, image processing and applied photonics. Its activities include fibre lasers design and prototyping, laser micro-machining, optical sensors and terahertz imaging and spectroscopy.

The activities related to fibre lasers and micromachining include in particular the design and application of ultrafast lasers in various materials processing like thin films photovoltaics, surfaces texturization, glass refractive index modification, welding…. MULTITEL often goed from process development to application driven laser prototyping.

Due to its vast experience in ultrashort pulse lasers development and applications, in Laser4Surf, MULTITEL will be addressing the beam shaping issues through the leading of Work Package 2 (Design and development of a prototype for controlled LIPSS). Besides, MULTITEL will contribute to the integration of the optical module into the processing unit developed in Work Package 5 (Integration of the developed tools).

 

Visum Ltd. is an optical engineering company from Dublin that specializes in the development and commercialization of Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS)-based portable and inline analyzers and measurement systems for process monitoring and quality control applications in food, pharmaceutical and chemical applications. VISUM Ltd. is an SME Champion-awarded a Phase 1 and a subsequent Phase 2 Grant under H2020’s SME Instrument. 

The optical engineering and smart systems teams in VISUM Ltd. have specialized expertise in sensor integration, optical engineering, chemometrics, data analytics, cloud infrastructures and data management systems.

In the Laser4Surf project VISUM will be responsible for the design and development of an in-line monitoring unit, which addresses the development of the in-line quality control system of the laser texturing prototype. Moreover, VISUM will contribute in defining the optical technology suitable for nanometric surface features quality control. Developing a functional prototype suitable for industrial settings, using, testing and validating the new nano-metrology prototype surface functionalities and performance. Furthermore, contributions will be made to the consortium in terms of exploitation and dissemination aspects.

CIC energiGUNE is a young energy research center located in Basque Country, Spain. CIC energiGUNE focuses on materials and novel devices for electrochemical energy storage including batteries and supercapacitors and thermal energy storage. This is achieved by combining interdisciplinary teams working towards a) excellent and high impact research in materials and electrochemical devices for storage applications; b) becoming a reference centre for collaborative technology transfer to industry and c) high level training of young researchers and creation of new business sectors. The centre has the backing of public institutions and administrations, and of companies directly related to the energy sector.

Since its establishment in 2011, CIC energiGUNE has achieved 20 European projects, 25 private funded projects, 14 patents granted or in process, recruited near 100 people and published more than 400 publications in high impact factor journals. The EES area counts on  two visitor scientists Prof. J.A. Kilner (Imperial College of London, U.K.) and Prof. Michel Armand, who are two of the most prestigious researchers and professors in the field of energy storage.

In Laser4Surf project, besides all the administrative and dissemination and exploitation tasks, CICe will mainly participate in Workpackage (WP) 4 and WP6 with the following tasks:

  • Participation in the elaboration of a database with LIPSS processes and resulting functionalities. The role of CICe will be focused on the processes associated to metals typically used in batteries. Moreover, CICe and CEGASA (third party) will participate in the definition of the pattern for battery current collector.
  • Fabrication of Li-ion battery electrodes to test the capabilities of current collectors processed by LIPSS. CICe will elaborate the electrode formulation with the input provided by CEGASA, electrodes will be casted and assembled in half cells and full cells for subsequent electrochemical testing that will be used to determine the improvement obtained after the LIPSS processing. Finally, pouch cells will be assembled to prove the scalability of the process.
  • Characterisation of the current collectors and electrodes. Advanced characterisation will be performed on cycled electrodes that will help us to determine the influence of the LIPSS processing in the electrochemical performance, lifetime and stability of the electrodes. CEGASA will provide valuable input when defining the testing protocols and experimental conditions.

FAGOR AUTOMATION is a company with great experience in the development and manufacturing of products for machine automation and control. It excels by its capability to develop software and the versatility of its productive process to offer tailored solutions to the their customers requirements. Historically, FAGOR AUTOMATION has focused their efforts on the machine-tool sector where we are one of the world leaders. Moreover, its wide technical and sales network spreads out in more than 50 countries through its own branch offices and distributors. FAGOR AUTOMATION career has been so successful thanks to our investing efforts in R&D+i (Research, Development and innovation) as well as in infrastructure that made it possible for us to tackle projects of high strategic relevance. An example of this, are the new facilities for photolithography to produce engraved glass that is used in our linear feedback systems.

An important part of their product portfolio is the position measuring systems. Over more than 30 years, Fagor Automation has created, developed and patented systems, components and technologies to manufacture high quality linear and rotary encoders using precision optical technology.

In order to ensure quality and reliability in all its products Fagor Automation utilizes the most advanced technology and testing and manufacturing facilities: from centralized computer control temperature monitoring, cleanliness and relative humidity control, a must for the feedback system manufacturing process, to laboratories for climate, vibration and EMC testing to certify the designs.

Fagor Automation will be one of the end users that will validate the use of the developed laser texturing prototype, particularly, for the functionalization of optical encoders. The proposed technology will be an alternative to the present photolithography that Fagor is using. During this project Fagor Automation will contribute to stablish an adequate target for the technology.

RESCOLL is an innovative SME providing services in R&D, characterization and manufacturing in the field of health applications and related fields: composite biomaterial, regenerative material, resorbable and non resorbable implant and smart surface treatments.

RESCOLL is supporting companies from the development of new medical devices up to the manufacturing through the validation of material/packaging/transportation/biocompatibility insuring compliance with specifications and regulatory requirements. It strives to offer cutting edge solutions to its clients, backed by the best new technologies and biomaterials. It has established a platform for transforming these materials and implements high-tech processes such as additive manufacturing and electrospinning to achieve these goals. RESCOLL can support their customers in specific topics such as development of new products, validation in terms of mechanical or physico-chemical properties. 

RESCOLL Manufacturing is an independent, privately owned, for-profit SME specialized in the manufacturing of medical devices using traditional methods such as multiaxis milling and turning. Originally known as X-Medical, it was purchased by RESCOLL in 2012 and rechristened RESCOLL Manufacturing. RESCOLL provides with services in medical implant design and manufacturing. It currently employs 20 people.

RESCOLL Manufacturing currently produces a wide variety of implantable materials for different clients from (BBRAUN, AESCULAP, STRYKER, SPINEVISION, etc.) in the orthopedic, spinal, and maxillofacial domains and works with a wide variety of materials. These materials include titanium alloys, chrome-cobalt alloys, surgical stainless steel and PEEK plastics. In 2016 RESCOLL manufactured more than 80.000 implants.

RESCOLL Manufacturing will be one of end-user test case of the LASER4SURF system, particularly on dental implants. It will provide its expertise in medical device design and manufacturing.

 

The European Science Communication Institute (ESCI) is a not-for-profit organisation that empowers scientists and engineers, helping them to communicate with a non-expert audience to bridge the gap between science, technology and society.

ESCI supports national and international research and innovation initiatives in communicating effectively and leveraging their dissemination potential. In addition to providing up-to-date media training, ESCI has put together a compelling set of dissemination tools specifically with different stakeholders and target audiences in mind. Their multi-skilled team can ensure that the message not only tells, but sells. The ESCI offer includes: optimising web communication, producing state-of-the-art videos, harnessing social media, organising workshops and engaging with end-users to maximise outreach and impact of these initiatives.

As a truly European organisation, ESCI draws on key contributors from across the continent. Their senior science communicators work in France, Belgium, the UK and Germany. The European Science Communication Institute also enjoys close ties with science communication specialists in almost every EU country, which enables it to deliver locally adapted solutions in different languages.

ESCI will lead the communication and dissemination in close cooperation with the exploitation leader. The aim of this activity is to identify the communication needs for the specific audiences and find and use the channels of communication needed to fulfil this task. The ESCI team has experience in web, social media, print, audio-visual and direct 1:1 communication to accomplish a successful mix of communication and dissemination activities. This includes also the tracking of this activity to be able to measure the impact of the communication and dissemination measures in order to adapt it, if necessary.