EU project LASHARE starting call for additional project partners

Bringing innovative, laser-based products onto the market faster, and developing a new methodology based on this process – this is the objective of the EU project LASHARE. Teams consisting of end users (industry), suppliers (small and medium-sized industries, SMEs) and research institutes work closely together in this project. They are developing innovative equipment with a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) at 3 to 4 to become robust prototypes at TRL at 7 to 8. The whole process is then recorded as a Laser-based Equipment Assessment (LEA). The research partners support the SMEs in adapting their products to the needs of the market, and during validation. Thus, at the end, they can provide the industrial partner with a robust device, adapted to their needs.

Since September 2013, LASHARE has initiated a total of 14 LEAs. In a second call for September 2015, ten to twelve new projects should follow now. The consortium is thus looking for additional project partners, who would like to cooperate in new LEAs with the existing research partners. LASHARE is a part of the seventh framework program of the European Commission, and therefore the research work will only be part-funded, not full-funded.

Second call: autonomous set-up of machine and laser parameters
In the second call, the LEAs will be focussing on sensors and knowledge-based information and communication technology systems. The equipment in such an assessment should facilitate the autonomous set-up of machines and laser parameters, and make production faster and more flexible. Furthermore, process and quality control for robust processes should be improved, to enable fully documented production. In the framework of this call, a total of more than 1.7 million euros in grant money for new partners is available. Individual LEAs can receive funding up to 250,000 Euros.

LEA: from defining objectives to the prototype
A LEA covers the complete development cycle: from the definition and application of production relevant goals via the implementation of technological improvement measures to final validation at the user sites. The result of such a LEA should be a robust prototype. Within the project, all LEAs are connected to each other through so-called cross-sectional activities, in order to help identify common themes for the diverse market segments. The contents of the new call are based on the success and themes identified in the first LEAs.

LASHARE will open the so-called Competitive Call on February 1st. More information on project applications will be published with the project call (February 1st, 2015). The announcement is attached as a PDF file.

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