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Newsletter CIT UPC nº50 July - August 2016
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PROTOTYPE OF A NEW AUTOMATIC THREADING MACHINE

The Center for Industrial Equipment Design (CDEI UPC) has carried out the conceptual design, the detailed design, and the manufacture of a prototype of an automatic threading machine for sheet metal parts for the company FORMINSA. The machine is controlled by one motor that can vary the speed and the depth of the threading. The threading machine is synchronized with the machine that produces the sheet metal parts, according to the required cycles per minute. The electronic control of the new threading machine facilitates its configuration to manufacture different parts. As a result, much less time is required to prepare the machine. Currently, the prototype is working successfully in the company’s facilities.

Forminsa is a leading company in technical metal stamping products.

SURGITRAINER: NEW SPIN-OFF OF CREB UPC

The Biomedical Engineering Research Centre (CREB UPC), with the collaboration of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau Research Institute (IR HSCSP) and the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC) have created the spin-off SurgiTrainer, a platform for training and accreditation in minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The platform has been evaluated by the European Society for Gynaecological Endoscopy and its training programme Gynaecological Endoscopic Surgical Education and Assessment (GESEA), and meets a recognised shortfall in the training and specialisation of surgeons. The use of this kind of training reduces cost overruns in the health system and improves the quality of surgery. It reduces the risk to the patient, secures a faster recovery, and cuts the number of surgical re-interventions and the length of operations.

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CD6 UPC BECOMES TECHNICAL SECRETARY OF FOTÓNICA21

The Centre for Sensors, Instruments and Systems Development (CD6 UPC) and AIMEN Technology Centre have taken over as Technical Secretary of Fotónica21, the technology platform that brings together the main actors in the sector in Spain. The two entities will be responsible for proposing and organizing in the mid- to long-term the different activities of the platform that comprise a strategic agenda for the Spanish photonics industry, promoting R&D, and enhancing the industry’s competitiveness and its impact at European level.

The aim of Fotónica21 is to efficiently coordinate the process of industrial innovation in photonic technology and its applications in key economic sectors (Technologies for Information and Communications, Industrial Production and Manufacturing, Life Sciences, and Lighting and Displays) and in three cross-cutting activities (Security and Sensors, Optical Components and Systems, and Basic Research and Training).

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COLLABORATION OF THE UPC WITH EURECAT

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, through its Technology Centre, is working with the EURECAT Foundation on various projects as part of a collaboration agreement that both institutions have signed recently. The projects are focused on 4 main areas: e-health, electric vehicles and batteries, electricity generation and lighting.

With this collaboration, CIT UPC and Eurecat hope to increase services in leading technologies in Catalan industry, with the assistance of ACCIÓ, and the Government of Catalonia.

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THE UPC IS AMONG THE 400 BEST UNIVERSITIES IN THE WORLD

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) has gone up in the general classification of the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), better known as the Shanghai Ranking. For the first time, it has risen from rank 401-500 to 301-400. The UPC is also among the world top 100 universities in the field of Engineering, Technology and Computer Sciences, according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities by Broad Subject Fields 2016.

GLOBAL INNOVATION INDEX 2016

The ninth Edition of the Global Innovation Index has been published. This annual report is compiled by Cornell University (USA), the INSEAD Business School and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The index classifies the innovation results of 128 countries and economies in different regions of the world, based on 82 indicators. Switzerland, Sweden, the United Kingdom, the United States, Finland and Singapore are at the top of the classification. The incorporation of China into the list of the 25 most innovative countries in the world is notable. Spain is ranked number 28.

TWO NEW REPORTS ON THE STATE OF EUROPEAN INNOVATION

The European Commission has published the European Innovation Scoreboard 2016. Sweden is once more the EU innovation leader, followed by Denmark, Finland, Germany and the Netherlands. Spain, ranked 21 out of the 28 EU member states, continues to be classified as a moderate innovator. In addition, the results of the Regional Innovation Scoreboard (2016) have been published, based on a lower number of indicators and focused mainly on SMEs.

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DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIRST RECYCLABLE UPHOLSTERY FOR CAR

INNOTEX Center/Intexter UPC has developed for SEAT the first upholstery that is 100% recyclable, with 90% recycled fibres for cars. A new, non-woven 100% polyester compound was used instead of polyurethane, which is highly pollutant and toxic. The new compound has the same functions and price as materials that are already on the market. The project received the “2003 Design for Recycling Award for a recycled/recyclable product” in the category of Projects, given by the Catalan Waste Agency.



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