|Business||Time||Project Coordinator||Project No|
|Industry||Start date: 01/10/2016
End date: 01/10/2019
|Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT (DE)||723805|
PoLaRoll is a research project funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. PoLaRoll Innovation Action has the aim to integrate, for the first time, high speed ultra-short pulse laser ablation process into a roll-to-roll machine fulfilling the requirements of individualised laser-based mass production. The project, with duration of 36 months (October 2016 – September 2019) and a total budget of 4.4 Million Euros, brings together leading European research institutions and companies active in the laser manufacturing systems domain.
The overall objective of PoLaRoll project is to substitute the lithography step in current etching processes by directly structuring the UV-sensitive lacquer with the PoLaRoll laser micro machining unit. The PoLaRoll-module will replace the current masking process within a continuous UV-lithography etching process for micro-structuring stainless steel reels. This will enable a flexible and cost efficient process consequently increasing significantly micro machining productivity. Furthermore, the modular concept of the laser structuring system will allow the integration into several other applications in order to substitute masking processes or direct digital structuring.
To achieve its ambitious goal, PoLaRoll project chases the following objectives:
For the evaluation of PoLaRoll laser micro structuring module application on individualised high speed roll-to-roll manufacturing, the developed module will be directly integrated into one of the project end-user’s (Micrometal) production line. The field of application of the demo is within solar shading of glass facades. The quality of the shield that will be produced with PoLaRoll machine will be directly assessed observing the optical inhomogeneity of the patterns which is directly connected to production process defects.
PoLaRoll consortium is led by Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT (DE). The consortium is well-balanced in terms of involvement of research institute, industrial and SME partners, including a potential end-user of the project results: Fraunhofer-Institute for Environmental, Safety, and Energy Technology (UMSICHT), Laser Engineering Application SA (LASEA), Amplitude Systemes, Micrometal GMBH, Next Scan Technology BVBA, RINA, Lunovu GMBH.
More information on PoLaRoll can be found on the Horizon 2020 website.