Title Increasing the knowledge base of the European polymer industry to create a competitive edge when using new conductive polymers
Project Number UK/09/LLP-LdV/TOI/163_251
Project Type Transfer of Innovation
Country UK-United Kingdom
Marketing Text The overall objective of iPolyCond was to develop training materials and resources for the benefit of European plastics converters, to increase their knowledge base and understanding of conductive plastic materials.
Conductive polymers are breakthrough materials that will help to support the transformation of the plastics processing sector, addressing key problems through radically innovative solutions with more efficient and sustainable approaches.
iPolyCond aims to embed the necessary skills within European SME plastic converters to take full advantage of the potential of these advanced and emerging technologies. It has focussed on the needs of SMEs and provided EU plastics converters with the tools and resources for effectively improving their knowledge base, competitiveness and innovativeness.
The overall objective of iPolyCond has been to develop training materials and resources for the benefit of European plastics converters, to increase their knowledge base and understanding of conductive plastic materials. Conductive polymers are breakthrough materials that will help to support the transformation of the plastics processing sector, addressing key problems through radically innovative solutions with more efficient and sustainable approaches.
iPolyCond is based on the results of PolyCond (NMP2-CT-2005-515835), a 4-year European funded project that developed eco-friendly, cost effective and high added value conductive plastic composites which are radically innovative, knowledge-based and sustainable for protection against the effects of Electromagnetic Interference (EMI) and Electrostatic (ESD). The materials developed allow the SME sector to expand their product range into new applications by offering materials with an expanded range of physical and electrical properties. However, there is currently limited information and training resources available for SMEs wanting to use these new plastics which iPolyCond addresses.
iPolyCond has integrated the available state-of-the-art scientific knowledge, working knowledge and experience of the consortium to develop, write and test industry-specific training materials and resources.
By transferring the content and results of PolyCond, such as case studies, best practice, Library of Information and experience and knowledge of the consortium, the project has produced a Handbook and Training Manual covering (but not restricted to): Carbon Nanotubes, Health and Safety, REACH, processing, datasheets, part design and mould considerations, compounding etc.
A consortium has been drawn together of European RTOs, SMEs and trade associations, bringing together a wealth of expertise and resources within the areas of: raw materials, compounding, processing, product manufacture, training, technology transfer, materials science, conferences, industrial workshops and technical and scientific publishing. All these organisations have a high profile and reputation for excellence within the target group.
The overall impact of iPolyCond is to increase the knowledge of European plastics converters on conductive polymer materials and products, which will in turn gain a competitive advantage for the industry sector, and in particular SMEs. Furthermore, the Handbook and Training Manual will help traditional less RTD intensive organisations and manufacturing sectors to understand how to use the new developed materials and technologies therefore increasing their innovativeness and competitiveness.
Professional, Scientific and Technical Activities
material for open learning
The project has produced a handbooklet which summarises the state of the art in conductive polymers and the types of applications they are used for. The handbooklet has 20 pages and is available in seven languages - English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Finnish and Hungarian.
A training manual entitled "An Introduction to Conductive Polymer Composites" is also available from Smithers Rapra publications in printed and ebook format and has 190 pages. English language only.