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2017-11-28 Spain: EIC-FTI-2018-2020: Spanish Research Institute Seeks: Partners Experts in Production of Machinery and Equipment for Agro-Alimentary Industries


EIC-FTI-2018-2020: Spanish Research Institute Seeks: Partners Experts in Production of Machinery and Equipment for Agro-Alimentary Industries

Description of the project offered: 
BACKGROUND: The proposed innovative nanocoating has already been developed by Lurederra and counts with a combination of some of the most promising technologies for new-generation coatings towards which the European industry is being directed, including functionalized nanoparticles and sol-gel technologies, among others. The main advantages/characteristics of the proposed nanocoating are: 
 Repellent properties: It repels both water and oil, and consequently, aqueous and organic materials. This repellent capacity has been measured through contact angles, which are around 115º for water and 65º for oil. 
 Antiadherent feature: It prevents dirt particles from sticking, making the metallic surface to be easily cleaned. This property has been measured through the European FAN test, in which 7 food stains (egg, lemon juice, olive oil, milk, meat juice, jam, and ketchup) are burnt during 30 minutes at 300º C. After that a comparison among a treated and a non-treated surface is carried out, using a code of punctuations depending on how easily each stain is removed from the metallic surface. The coating achieved a score of 28 out of 42 while the stainless steel got a null punctuation. 
 There is not migration risk: It fulfills current legislation on materials and objects to be in contact with food in agreement with Directive 2005/31/CE and Regulation 1935/2004. 
 High heat shock resistance at 350ºC: It prevents the metal substrate from yellowing and do not present cracks, deformation or adhesion loss at least during the 30 first cycles. 
 Good chemical resistance: It presents good resistance to acids, bases and solvents. 
 Good corrosion protection properties: Tests on metals of different nature have been performed with a saline mist concentrated at 5% in weight in order to quantify the protection given by the coating. 
 It is a transparent coating that keeps the natural colour of the substrate and its surface structure. 

Technology of the proposal has been successfully proven in relevant environment demonstrating that TRL6 has been already achieved. Without compromising the TRL, the project seeks for some goals whose achievement requires optimizing activities in order to adapt the technology to technical requirements of agro-alimentary production lines and equipment, thus assuring that the main problems on cleaning affecting this sector will be correctly tackled and effectively solved. Optimisation of coating application’s method and yields during industrial-scale application needs to be worked on, in order to achieve a tailored, consistent and replicable method for the final application of the coating in real industrial environments. In order the proposal will lead to effective market, take-up activities regarding market entry strategy will be planned, including: analysis of customer needs, the partner company’s capabilities, and existing competition and market dynamics.
The final objective of the project is to offer a new marketable solution for the agro-alimentary sector whose main effects will be easy cleaning and anti-microbiological properties as dirtiness and presence of microorganisms are particularly undesirable in the food and beverages manufacturing processes where hygiene is a fundamental aspect.
Project proposer:   Lurederra Research centre (ESPAÑA)
Partner role:  Project coordinator 
Partner organisation:  Research
Call for proposal title:  N/A 

Description of the collaboration sought: 
The Technological Centre is looking for 2 partners with the following profiles:
Profile 1: SME/Industry devoted to the design, development, fabrication of parts, automation, start up and/or maintenance of food processing.
Profile 2: SME/Industry with expertise in the automation of coatings application by spraying. 
Expertise sought: 
Roles sought: Project participant, 
Organisation types sought: Small or medium-sized enterprise (SME), Industry, 
Countries sought: Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, ESPAÑA, SVERIGE, UNITED KINGDOM, Austria, BELGIQUE-BELGIË, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, SUOMI / FINLAND, France, DEUTSCHLAND, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, ITALIA, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, NEDERLAND, POLSKA, Portugal,