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Work plan

 

WP1. PROJECT MANAGEMENT

The project management work-package will ensure the correct administration of the entire proposal and secure the fulfilment of the project objectives within budget, quality and time schedule. The objectives of this WP are twofold:

  • To ensure an appropriate management and coordination of the project and its activities, enabling the communication between all project partners and the end users.
  • To manage and monitor the project progress in order to respect time and resource constraints and communicate fluidly this progress to the project members, the end users and the European Commission Officers.

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WP2. REQUIREMENTS

Current UV-laser marking systems have several limits, which prevent its use as a stable industrial marking process for several materials, mainly if it is used as an aesthetical marking system. The main objective of this Work Package is to establish the technical and physical requirements for the resulting UV-laser marking on plastics, ceramics and glass-ceramics. These materials, whose physical properties make UV laser the adequate tool for aesthetic marking, have been selected because of their different laser-marking performance and because of their importance and frequent usage in modern production process in many European Key industries.

The specific objectives of this Work Package are:

  • Establishing conditions for successful aesthetic UV-laser marking: Deriving a set of physical parameters from existing design requirements and from functional requirements of the component part to be marked. Materials will be selected as the basis of the project, which serve as proof of concept materials.
  • Establishing the requirements to incorporate UV-laser marking system into a production line: Deriving a set of technical parameters that describe the laser system (line separation field of view...) based on known production requirements (e.g. cycle time, failure rate, accuracy, stability, cost limits,..).
  • Establishing adequate customization requirements for the UV-laser marking system and integration software thus defining a reasonable level of customization.

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WP3. LASER DEVELOPMENT

We will work in this Work Package with the aim to improve the laser system further, researching on the detailed determination of specific influence and limits of laser and marking parameters (Average Power, Pulse Length, Peak Power, Pulse Energy, Spot diameter, Marking Speed, Frequency) in plastic and glass-ceramic marking.

The specific objectives of this WP are:

  • To research actual UV-laser limits in marking, using general material/substrate in application, thick and thin substrates. To study the interaction between several parameters and its combined result on the final marking.
  • To develop a further optimization of application process with extended laser parameters, application criteria like colour, contrast, marking speed, throughput, … starting with general material/substrate properties, thick and thin, continued within the project with specially optimized new materials used in application, thick and thin.
  • To define an optical system setup including beam forming/shaping, focusing optic, beam deflection unit; with the aim to address larger marking areas.
  • Definition of possibilities and limits for 3D-application, based on optical configuration defined. For 3D-marking application and functionality, tolerance of depth of focus to be considered. Realisation of 3D marking to be demonstrated.
  • Design, Setup, Characterization of UV Marker Prototype, consisting of optimized laser and optical system.

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WP4. AESTHETIC UV MARKING ON CERAMIC AND GLASS

This Work Package is oriented to research on glass-ceramic and ceramics, which have better absorption of the laser radiation in the UV region of the spectra, achieving a UV-laser marking process on glass-ceramic and ceramics. The new UV-laser marking process will achieve more power (using less consumption of energy), shorter cycle-time, and more accuracy that brings the opportunity of have high-quality marks on the material surfaces.

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WP5. AESTHETIC UV MARKING ON PLASTIC

This Work Package is oriented to research on plastics and additives which have good absorption of the laser energy in the UV region; achieving UV-laser marking processes on plastic that uses less energy, shorter cycle-time, and brings the opportunity to have high-quality marks without damage in the nearby zone.

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WP6. INTEGRATION AND INDUSTRIALIZATION

The objectives of this WP are:

  • To integrate the program parameters for the different materials within the laser machine.
  • To develop a new interface among the laser machine and the manufacturing line for a quicker creation of new designs.

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WP7. VALIDATION OF FINAL APPLICATION

The objectives of the project validation work package are:

  • To verify the quality and reliability of the new materials developed during the project.
  • To verify the marking quality of the laser.
  • To verify the speed of changing of the parameters.
  • To verify the software which turns the BSH designs into the marking product.
  • To adapt the BSH production method for including the new customization possibilities.

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WP8. DISSEMINATION AND EXPLOITATION

This work-package deals with two different types of activities, the exploitation issues (aiming at paving the way for further industrialisation and commercialization of the UV-Marking results) and the dissemination activities (Activities aiming at disseminating the project results and achieving the highest possible project impact and visibility).

Objectives related to the elaboration of the implementation plan:

  • To analyse potential market demand: Quantitatively and qualitatively and to develop the potential exploitation plans for the results of the project.
  • To propose a potential timeline for market introduction regarding industrialisation process.
  • To deal with the IPR issues arising during the project and to establish the final IPR conditions after the project end.

Objectives related to the dissemination of the project:

  • To assure the best information flow between the partners of the Consortium.
  • To present the Project progress and results to the End Users and the general public.
  • To spread and popularize the project results for general and specific audiences.

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UV-MARKING - Development of new UV laser for customization at industrial level through high quality marking on different materials

This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 314630.