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DIH Polytronics

Digital Innovation Hub

Scope of the Polytronics Digital Innovation Hub:

  • Plastics & Polymers

  • Composites

  • Molded & printed electronics

  • Advanced manufacturing including digital technologies

Examples of activities of the DIH:

1 – Setting of a digital platform for the design of mechatronics and plastronics products – Digitronics by Visiativ https://www.visiativ.com/en-us/our-activities/

  • Client profiles:
    • OEMs in different businesses: defense and security, automotive, aerospace, medical, home automation
    • Plastics and composites tier 1 suppliers
  • Client needs:
    •  Shorten the development of new families of products based on mechatronics and plastronics technologies
  • Provided solutions:
    • Integration into the Moovapps digital platform of mechatronics and plastronics building blocks: Moovapps is a Smart Enterprise Platform built on technological engines (document management, workflow, omni-channel commerce, e-learning) to create business applications (Smart Apps). The business-oriented collaborative and social platform Moovapps delivers smart applications through the « Moovapps Store”. Based on hundreds of successful customer digital experiences, moovapps smart apps allows mid-market companies to design and accelerate their own digital transformation platform.)
    • Hybridation of manufacturing technologies including 3D printing: https://www.visiativ.com/en-us/our-activities/rapid-manufacturing/
    • Reference: http://afaceri.ro/download/oradea-debrecen-2018/Patrick-Vuillermoz.pdf

2 – Start-up on smart plastics development (S2P – http://www.s-2p.com/temp/en/ )

  • Client profiles:
    • OEMs in different businesses: defense and security, automotive, aerospace, medical, home automation
    • Plastics and composites tier 1 suppliers
  • Client needs:
    • Development of new families of products with embedded electronics functions and high integration performance
  • Provided solutions:
    • S2P (Smart Plastic Products) is a French company based in Oyonnax, the so called “Plastics Valley”, in France. After 10 years of R&D at IPC, the French Technical Center for plastics and composites, we have created the S2P Company in 2014 to provide to industrial actors a set of services dedicated to 3D-MID (Molded Interconnect Devices – that we called Plastronics components in French), from designing to industrialization, including plastics, chemistry and electronics skills.
    • Indeed, S2P helps you to facilitate the integration of electronics in your 3D complex products. From designing to industrialization, with a reliable industrial process, we integrate 3D conductive tracks and electronic components direct onto the plastic or composite parts, with complex 3D shapes. Combined with conventional PCB/Flex technologies, it helps you integrating electronics in constrained volumes: 3D antennas, 3D sensors, 3D LED lighting functions, 3D interconnections to suppress wires, Passive or active electronic components, Shielding areas, integrated connectors …

3 – Development of connected tooling (Pernoud company)

  • This development has been conducted within the BeInCPPS project (http://www.beincpps.eu/ )
  • Client profiles:
    • Plastics and composites manufacturing companies
    • Equipments suppliers (molds, machineries)
  • Client needs:
    • Reduce the Energy consumption
    • Optimize the Overall Effectiveness Equipment (reduce scrap rate, reduce maintenance phases…)
    • Increase  flexibility for mold design
    • Reduce guarantee cost
  • Provided solutions:
    • The BEinCPPS experiment for Pernoud Company (https://www.pernoud.com/fr/step-1-the-full-electric-mold/ ) is based on tree pillars. The first pillar is following the evolution of injection machines which evolve from hydraulic to electric. That means that hydraulic movements in mold have to evolve to electric too. The second one is to acquire data from inside the mold. The mold today is almost a black box and we want to know what happened inside. So different sensors (temperature, pressure, stress…) are used and the data produced are analyzed for detecting deviations and launching alerts when it is needed. All data are stored on a cloud and the values of all sensors are visible everywhere in the world. This data also allows understanding issue on the mold (design issue or bad handling). The last pillar is the long term analysis of all data acquired. This long term analysis allows us to detect in advance any issue and avoid it.