Smart Manufacturing

Carrying out the industrial revolution

Manufacturing companies must currently overcome many challenges. They must remain innovative in an increasingly competitive economic environment, produce at increasingly lower costs, and have ever shorter time-to-market and delivery times.

They need to develop new products and associated services, and understand new business models. They must manufacture with the lowest possible impact on the environment and natural resources, integrate digital technologies to enhance yield and manufacturing processes, and, of course, comply with increasingly strict environmental regulations.

LIST’s activities from the “Smart Manufacturing” programme are intended to support Luxembourg’s industry of the future. Smart Manufacturing’s lines of business involve: 

Composites materials

LIST is developing renowned expertise in composite materials and will be the operator of the National Composite Centre – Luxembourg (NCC-L), created at the end of 2015 with the support of the Ministry of the Economy, the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, the National Research Fund, and Luxinnovation. LIST’s activities will take place at two levels.

The aim will be to develop industrial technological innovations in order to provide or anticipate solutions related to industrial challenges as well as to develop expertise and know-how in supporting the development of prototypes and demonstrators by the implementation of joint pilot lines with manufacturers.

This will focus on four areas: the synthesis and formulation of composite materials, production and implementation processes for composites, the physico-chemical and thermo-mechanical characterisation of composite materials, including long-term performance monitoring, and the modelling of these multi-functional and heterophased materials, including the simulation of production processes.

There will be a particular emphasis on nanocomposite and nanohybrid materials, resulting from the combination of nanotechnology and polymer science/engineering. The exploitation of bio-renewable resources will be considered for the production of sustainable materials in close connection with the circular economy.

Additive manufacturing

LIST is creating new additive manufacturing opportunities for companies. This consists primarily of offering new additive manufacturing solutions using expertise in advanced materials and particularly in composite materials, in Life Cycle Analysis, in risk management and nano-toxicity management, in powder engineering, and in post-processing. These skills hold strong potential for the emergence of many solutions based on additive manufacturing. It is also developing styling models using design by optimising the geometry and the inherent properties of objects. 

Industry 4.0

LIST offers solutions that are related to the digital organisation and management of processes and data associated with the value chain in the manufacturing sector. On this topic, LIST is working with Business Federation Luxembourg (FEDIL) to roll out “Manufacturing 4.0” in Luxembourg industry. 

Our main partners: Goodyear, Euro-Composites Systems, Rotarex Automotiv, Performance Fibers, Arcelor Mittal, Dupont de Nemours, Toyota, Delphi, Saint-Gobain, IEE, Carlex Glass Luxembourg, L'Oréal, Nestlé Waters Quality Ass. Center, Guardian Luxguard, Circuit Foil Luxembourg, Tarkett, Sandvik, Unilever.

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