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I4M - Inovação no Micro Molde e Micro Manipulação
Integrated and intelligent micro mold solution, handling and control system for micro parts production.

Challenge

The R&D project I4M - Innovation in Micro Mold and Micro Handling aims to carry out a research that will enable the consortium to establish and validate a new tool paradigm for micro parts, materialized in an intelligent integrated solution consisting of micro mold, customized handling system and respective control. The challenge is to reduce costs, reduce waste and optimize time production by reducing material used on the sprue and with personalization of piece in molding process, reinforcing the ranking of the supplier in the market.

Solution

Main Objective:
To strengthen research, technological development and innovation.

I4M aims to develop a manipulation system for micro parts, that is seamlessly integrated with micro mold to make the loading, unloading and assembly, meeting the dimensional, geometric and appropriate way to the level of accuracy required by the customer, and by the operating conditions tolerances.

Objectives, Activities and Results expected / achieved

Results and Conclusions:
The present vision system created and described enables the fruitful control of all components of this process throughout all phases of verification and inspection of micro parts, where the success of this implementation can be verified. The microparts identification protocol used was just a proof of concept, being possible to store the most relevant information at the request of each customer, such as the injection machine parameters, being able to later make a correlation between part quality and injection conditions. to optimize the process. The cell created, consisting of all these systems in constant communication, allows for automatic control and response to the demand for personalized microcomponents, using a solution adaptable to each customer.

 

Project Reference

POCI-01-0247-FEDER-017703

Funding


Intervention Region

Centro (100%) of Portugal

Total Investment

839.540,82

IPN Investment

208.875,60

Total Eligible

799.483,03

IPN Eligible

208.792,27

EC Funding – Total

520.838,73

EC Funding – IPN

156.594,21

Duration

36 Months

Start Date

2016-10-01

End Date

2019-09-30

Approval Date

2016-08-23

Consortium

Edilásio Carreira da Silva, Lda
Centimfe
Instituto Pedro Nunes 

Keywords

Micro parts;
Micro molds;
Micro handling;
Robotic;
Computer vision;
Sensing.