New research project: Efficiency with quartz

In may 2012 Brother, Brother & Sons,in collaboration with DTU Photonics, Denmark, kicked off the three year research project, ‘Light engine V8’. A project that is showing very promising results.

Now BB&S is part of yet another research project: ‘Liquid Quartz Coating for High-Quality Polymer Replication (LIQCOP).

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Efficiency with quartz

The new research project that has a budget on 2,4 million euros aims to develop a new quartz-coating technology for moulding that can replace both traditional polishing of moulds and also can be used in the manufacture of advanced nanostructured optics topics.

Liquid quartz for coating

The plastics industry is a significant economic sector in Denmark with more than 30.000 employees working for 500 companies. One of the key components in plastic production is forming tool, which is typically made ​​of steel with highly polished mould surfaces. Forming tools like that must undergo a very costly and time-consuming polishing process, which contributes to the growing number of jobs moving to countries with cheap labour, especially in Asia and Eastern Europe.

Fast, cheap and accurate polish

The consortium which consists of DTU Photonics, Denmark, Brother, Brother & Son plus a handful of internationally esteemed Danish partners will develop a new and innovative process that makes this polish much faster, cheaper and more accurate and the tool more durable. When the project is completed the consortium will be able to offer a unique technology that will radically reduce the cost for Danish plastics companies.

Great expectations for future manufacturing

In addition to the benefits of competition,the consortium paves the way for new products and businesses. For instance outdoor LED lighting can look forward to an explosive exploitation because of the large power savings potential. Using the new technology the companies will be able to manufacture advanced plastic optical panels, which gives a very precise use of light and thus a very even light distribution. These advanced forms would have been extremely expensive to achieve with present technology.

The consortium

Brother, Brother & Sons, InMoldBiosystems, Polérteknik, JJ Kühn, OPDI Technologies

Research institution

Technical University of Denmark

Budget

2,4 million euros. Partly supported by donation on 1,2 million euros by the Danish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Higher Education