Inholland Composites and NHL collaborate in new RAAK-mkb project
At the end of February Inholland Composites and Noordelijke Hogeschool Nederland (NHL) were awarded with funding for their new RAAK-mkb project, ‘First-time-right injections for the production of one-off or small series of composite products’. This will enable Inholland Composites and NHL to continue to perform applied research on fibre-reinforced composites themes together with SMEs in the Netherlands.
Inholland Composites is the new composites laboratory of Inholland University of Applied Sciences. The awarded RAAK subsidy supplied by the Regieorgaan SiA (Stichting Innovatieve Alliantie) promotes the advancement of knowledge exchange to increase the innovation capacity of the SME sector. NHL and Inholland Composites have brought together various SMEs in this project, and will continue to search for further reinforcement of the collaboration during the two-year project period. SMEs who are interested in the automation research topic are urged to contact Inholland Composites to discuss how they can contribute to the effort.
Knowledge and capabilities
Inholland Composites will contribute with expertise from previous projects such as www.robocompo.nl, and with its fully equipped laboratories in Alkmaar and Delft as the supporting research centres. NHL will contribute with their knowledge of composites for the yacht industry, and will add capabilities in vision systems, integrated solar cells and renewable energy. This project is ‘hot’ – various research and valorisation efforts are ongoing in the framework of Smart Industry, Topsectors (notably Energy and High-Tech Systems & Materials), and more regional initiatives such as the EFRO project ‘valorisation high-tech sector composites’.