MI-Partners News Archive


MI-Partners in the NeTTUN project

17 September 2012

NeTTUN Project Launches, EC Sponsors Groundbreaking Research & Development for Change in the Construction, Management and Maintenance of Tunnels
 
21 Industry, Research & Development Laboratories and SME partners from 9 European countries gathered today at Ecole Centrale de Lyon in Lyon, France for the launch of the NeTTUN  (New Technologies for Tunnelling and Underground Works) Collaborative R & D Project, funded by the European Commission.
 
Initiated and managed by NFM Technologies, the French Tunnel Boring Machines manufacturer, the NeTTUN project will address key scientific and technical challenges in the Tunnelling industry over a period of 4.5 years. The NeTTUN work programme of interrelating projects intends to dramatically enhance every aspect of the lifecycle of tunnelling:  from design, to construction, and maintenance of Europe’s already very extensive tunnel legacy.
 
Each NeTTUN partner has been invited to participate because of their unique scientific expertise and specialist tunnelling sector experience. NeTTUN and the EC have set ambitious goals to research and develop

  • An advanced multi-sensor ground prediction system for TBMs (Tunnel Boring Machines) to enable fast, frequent and effective detection in the ground ahead of the excavation face
  • Advanced robotics for TBM maintenance that enables automation of routine but hazardous tasks
  • Cutter tools with a greatly increased lifetime
  • A novel system for the modelling of global risks to be used for the definition of the best strategy both during design and construction phases
  • A suite of systems  to  model and control the impact of tunnelling on surrounding structures
  • A decision support system for tunnel maintenance

NeTTUN plans to test and evaluate all of these in real operations on site at tunnels including Metro Line C construction under some of Rome’s most ancient monuments, as well as with OHL on the Guadalquivir, and Razel-Fayat on the Fréjus and future projects.
 
“NeTTUN will deliver maximum impact with its results, well beyond the current state of the art, to demonstrate real progress that can be utilised to the benefit of the tunnelling sector across Europe, and for European industry and Research and Development to compete globally” states Dr Thomas Camus, R&D Manager at NFM Technologies.
 
NFM Technologies manages the scientific and technical aspects of the project and Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a French top level engineering school involved in international research, is the NeTTUN Project Coordinator.
 
NeTTUN receives funding from the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration (FP7 2007-2013) under Grant Agreement 280712.

For more information, please visit www.nettun.org

 

 


 


DSPE conference

6 September 2012

At September 4th and 5th the first DSPE conference took place in Willibrordhaeghe in Deurne, The Netherlands. This conference is by & for technologists, designers and architects in precision mechatronics. MI-Partners was present with 5 people and we showed a setup of our 6 DoF through wall maglev stage which is developed in-house.


Annual barbeque for the 5th time

27 June 2012

At the 7th of June 2007 MI-Partners was officially founded by Leo
Sanders. To celebrate this, a barbecue is held every year. This year it
was a special barbecue since it was our fifth. In the photo almost our complete team can be found.

 


Through-wall maglev stage at Euspen conference

11 June 2012

Last week, from the 5th untill 7th of June, MI-Partners was present at the Euspen conference in Stockholm. At our booth we showed our through wall maglev stage setup.


Presentation about over-actuation at MDD

1 June 2012

At the the second edition of the Model-Driven Development Day 2012 in 's-Hertogenbosch, Ronald Faassen (Mechatronic System Architect at MI-Partners) has given a presentation about our Over Actuated Demonstrator which can be found here.


Donation to Alpe d'HuZes

16 May 2012

MI-Partners recently donated to Ton and Henri for the Alpe d’HuZes foundation. Alpe d'HuZes was created with the aim to empower people to convert the sense of powerlessness, caused by cancer, into one of strength. Alpe d'HuZes wants to raise funds to fight cancer by cycling up the Alpe d'Huez six times in one day. The name, Alpe d'Huzes, is a combination of the Dutch word for "six" and the name of the mountain. We wish Ton and Henri goodluck with their challenge to climb the Alpe d'Huez several times!


Visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (USA)

10 April 2012

Recently a MI-Partners delegation brought a visit to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in the USA.
This is a premier research and development institution for science and technology applied to US national security.
Stanley and Dick were hosted by Rick Montesanti (also on photo on the left). Part of the visit was a tour in the National
Ignition Facility (NIF). NIF is the world’s largest and highest-energy laser system. Its goal is to ignite a self-sustaining nuclear fusion reaction and produce net energy gain - the same fusion energy process that makes the stars shine and provides the life-giving energy of the sun.


MI-Partners at Hightech Mechatronica 2012 fair

29 March 2012

During the Hightech Mechatronica exhibition and conference in Veldhoven, MI-Partners was present with the Hybrid Actuator setup. This setup demonstrates the actuator which was developed by MI-Partners. This actuator has a high reaction force, but low stiffness and low power dissipation. System architect Dick Laro gave a presentation about the actuator. The article can be found here.


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