Extending the process limits of laser polymer
welding with high-brilliance beam sources
The Polybright research project has received funding from the European Community´s 7th Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreement n° NMP2-LA-2009-228725
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Project: POLYBRIGHT n°228725 - Extending the process limits of laser polymer welding with high-brilliance beam sources
Instrument type: Collaborative project - Large scale integrating project
    Plastics play an important role in almost every facet of our lives and constitute a wide variety of products, from everyday products such as food and beverage packaging, over furniture and building materials to high tech products in the automotive, electronics, aerospace, white goods, medical and other sectors. The POLYBRIGHT project covers the whole process chain for laser based plastic part assembly and includes laser companies, optics suppliers, material and processing specialists as well as machine suppliers.

  • Background
    The project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT, Germany). The consortium consists of 18 partners from 9 countries, including laser companies, optics suppliers, material and processing specialists and machine suppliers.
    The objective of POLYBRIGHT is to provide high speed and flexible laser manufacturing technology and expand the limits of current plastic part assembly. New laser polymer joining processes for optimized thermal management in combination with wavelength adapted polymers and additives will provide higher quality, high processing speed up to 1 m/s and robust manufacturing processes at lower costs.
    Key innovations of the POLYBRIGHT project are high brilliance mid-IR-wavelength fibre and diode lasers with powers up to 500 W, high speed scanning and flexible beam manipulation systems, such as dynamic masks and multi kHz scanning heads.

  • Objectives of the Call
    The POLYBRIGHT project started in October 2009 and is currently funded until 30 September 2013. At the current stage, we are looking for an industrial partner to join the consortium, in order to perform the following tasks:

Experiments and feedback on the new welding processes
Provision of industry specifications for product design with respect to joint geometry and appearance
Characterisation of materials undergone new laser welding process
Definition of design and setup of a prototype machine
Definition of industry quality assurance specifications
Definition and development of quality control system consisting of camera/sensor and closed-loop-control
Development and validation of a process-control-system according to defined specifications and requirements
Definition of prototype test set-up and performance
Welding test according to definitions and specifications with prototype
Validation of welding process and process control system
Evaluation of welded samples according to definitions and specifications (homologation)

  • Expected duration of participation in the project:
    01/03/2011 - 30/09/2013
    Maximum EC funding available:
    Research and technology development: € 127 131 /
    Demonstration : € 324 000

Demonstrate how the above listed tasks can be fulfilled
An overview of the relevant experience and expertise of the applicant
The principal motivation for the company to join POLYBRIGHT
Cost and funding breakdown

  • Call identifier: POLYBRIGHT New Project Partner Proposals should be in English and submitted electronically to competitive-call@polybright.eu
    Application Deadline: 25.01.2011 at 17:00 (Brussels time)

  • Should you wish to discuss the project before making an application, please contact Dr.-Ing Alexander Olowinsky, coordinator of POLYBRIGHT - alexander.olowinsky@ilt.fraunhofer.de or by phone +49 241 8906-491

    The applications will be evaluated by independent external experts
    The successful applicant will be notified within 2 months after the deadline to enter into contract negotiations with the European Commission and the POLYBRIGHT consortium.

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