Research and innovation in Universities are helping companies develop new products in traditional industries perceived as low tech such as injection moulding to make parts from polymers. This foresighting report from the KARIM networked looked at how research can help companies become more responsible in their innovation :
• using less material (improving the environmental impact),
• helping solve social needs (improved and cheaper healthcare sensors, smaller hearing aids) and
• manufacturing new innovative high value products.
The foresgihting reports looks at next generation manufacturing using Microinjection moulding.
Microinjection moulding will provide a step-change technology to a large number of industry from electronics, medical devices to the healthcare sector as conventional injection moulding of mass parts with large features is replaced by microinjection moulding which uses less polymeric material in the mass manufacture of smaller polymer parts which have improved performance capabilities. The driving factors are threefold; improved technology allow mass manufactured parts; end-user demands desiring smaller, high performance parts and also environmental where the cost of using conventional methods become more expensive (waste product). This report looks at enabling technologies being developed in universities around the world and the impact it will have on both manufacturers and the end-users.
You can download the foresight report: here