In the laboratory for applied production technology (LAP) of the Trier University of Applied Sciences, headed by Prof. Dr. Armin Wittmann, an innovative tool combination of cutting and fine grinding tools was developed. This tool enables the efficient cutting of a workpiece according to the state of the art and the simultaneous processing of the resulting cut surfaces to provide them with a desired surface quality. Thus, the workpieces cut with the tool have burr-free and, for example, polished cut-off surfaces without the machining time, the machining steps or the machine tools used changing compared to a cutting-off process according to the state of the art.
Several functional prototypes of the tool have already been produced and tested with regard to their application in metallographic sample preparation. According to the state of the art, metallographic specimens have to be reworked after the cutting process on a cutting machine in several complex and error-prone processing steps on separate grinding and polishing machines. Whereas with the developed tool, it could be practically proven that the resulting cut surfaces are already simultaneously machined during the cutting process, thus saving over 90% of the machining time and the associated costs compared to the state of the art. The tool also reduces the number of required processing steps and the number of possible errors in state-of-the-art metallographic sample preparation by more than 90%.
No previously existing technical solution is capable of this. For this reason, a utility model and patent protection of the tool concept developed has already been initiated.
The first goal of this project is a market-ready product with a corresponding production strategy. In order to achieve this goal, possible construction variables and test processes are researched, test systems are developed and manufactured and the influences of possible construction variables, application variables and workpiece variables are tested in the form of extensive parameter studies. Furthermore, production possibilities are researched, and production systems are developed, manufactured and tested. Suitable production and quality assurance processes are derived from the results obtained.
The second goal is to provide a complete market entry strategy for the tool. For this purpose, potentially relevant marketing opportunities are determined, and a full market analysis is carried out. Trade fair appearances are prepared and carried out and the first potential customers and project partners are acquired. In addition, test studies in the market are planned and executed. The knowledge gained up to that point is incorporated into the development of a complete business plan. This includes a product concept, a start-up strategy, a market and competition analysis, a marketing and sales strategy, a concept of a company organization, financial planning and a risk assessment.
|Consortium||Laboratory for Applied Production Technology (LAP) of the Technology Department at Trier University of Applied Sciences|
|Duration||December 2018 - June 2020|
|Funded by||own funds, prize money from the competition EU research at the Trier University of Applied Sciences|
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