Russian Trace at Hannover Messe 2016
The Russian carbon-carbon composites, anti-friction materials and carbon-plastics used in various industries were presented by the NIIgrafit. Nanocomposites with improved properties are used in automobile, ship and airplane construction, as well as other industries where the strength, wear-resistance and fire-retardant properties of materials are highly required.
Additives based on carbon nanoparticles and fullerene-modified polymers significantly improve the characteristics of composite materials and coatings. Currently, the NIIgrafit produces the following nanocarbon additives:
fullerene mixture C60/C70 and higher fullerenes;
fullerenes С60 with purity of up to 99,9 %;
fullerenes С70 with purity of 98 %.
The electrical, optical, chemical and biological properties vary depending on the type of the materials because of the fullerene molecule’s 3D spherical shape and provide a very wide scope of their application.
Creation of biocompatible carbon materials is a very promising direction for use in medicine. One of the projects of the NIIgrafit in this area is non-traumatic bandage Karpema, which is an effective multi-purpose tool used for treatment of shallow and deep burn injuries, venous ulcers, wet eczemas, bedsores and other open injuries, accompanied by purulent processes in humans and animals. The use of the bandage shortens the period of injury healing by two or three times. Carbon is not hygroscopic; therefore, the bandage does not adhere to the injury and does not aggravate it. The clinical tests of the bandages were successfully carried out at Vishnevsky Institute of Surgery, the Department of Acute Thermal Injuries of Sklifosovsky Institute of Emergency Care, Centre for Children’s Burns and Burdenko Main Military Clinical Hospital.
GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL MONITORING
The company Russian Space Systems (RSS), which is part of the state corporation Roscosmos, made a presentation of systems for territory development monitoring, transport management and environmental improvement, which use data from remote earth sensors and navigation systems.
In 2012, RSS and its partners – the German company PRO TIME and Fraunhofer institutes – started working on the creation of an environmental monitoring system at the request of Moscow and Bavaria governments. The project called Matryoshka comprises a scalable network of sensors, which are interconnected by the systems of communication, navigation and remote sensing. The multilevel environmental monitoring is carried out in a predefined size area – from a small site to a village or region. In case of industrial accidents, the system provides online monitoring of large areas with recognition of high concentrations of harmful substances – from leakages of household gas to radioactive or biological contaminations. Matryoshka may be used for monitoring potentially hazardous facilities, pipelines, transportation of hazardous commodities.
Miniature sensors function both as part of the system and as personal measuring devices. The elements of the system are connected to the network via GPRS, Wi-Fi and GSM space communication channels. Data can be transferred simultaneously to the command center and mobile devices, including smartphones, which may be used for mass notification of population or enterprise employees.
The system has already been tested in Bavaria for mobile monitoring of gases during their storage, transportation and accidents. In Moscow, laboratories conduct tests with Matryoshka to monitor ammoniac emissions at industrial enterprises. These pilot projects offer the data needed for further development of algorithms for application of the system.
The company RangeVision in Krasnogorsk (Moscow region), which develops 3D scanners and related software, presented the desktop scanner Smart with the new rotary table TS-12. This scanner generates 3D models of objects with an accuracy of 0.1% and resolution of up to 0.12 mm. The Smart 3D scanners are used in education, arts, reverse engineering, industrial design and other areas. Besides, RangeVision manufactures professional systems that implement structured illumination of 3D models.
The Zelenograd company PICASO 3D presented its 3D printer Designer PRO 250, which features two nozzles: one for main material and the other for soluble medium, effectively carrying out the hardest work. The company’s equipment is widely used in machine construction, robotics, defense industry, education, architecture and other fields. PICASO 3D has plans for further improvement of the manufactured models, in particular, improving the rigidity of the device housing and reworking the electronics with the use of proprietary solutions.
At the exhibition, the company REC signed an agreement with iGo3D, a major German provider of 3D printing solutions, on distribution in Europe of Russian REC-branded supplies for 3D printing. The materials of REC can be used for prototyping, small batch production of machine and mechanic parts, production of interior elements, and many other areas.
LOCALIZATION OF MANUFACTURE
During Hannover Messe, Weidmüller and WIKA announced their plans on localizing their manufacture in Russia.
The German company Weidmüller and Russian company Unitel Engineering will establish the joint manufacture in Moscow for production of universal power connectors used in current transformer circuits or POCON (Power Connector) voltage transformers. These instruments are characterized by a double safety margin and are successfully used in Russia and the CIS countries. Since the number of the units installed in industrial facilities working in the electricity, oil and gas, mining and metallurgical spheres amounts to several dozens of thousands, Weidmüller decided to localize its manufacture in Moscow. Unitel Engineering will help to implement this plan by providing its manufacturing sites, engineering center, R&D department, service and training centers.
The company WIKA specialized in the field of developing and manufacturing instruments for measuring pressures, temperatures, levels and flows, will build an industrial and administrative complex in Moscow with an area of 5 thousand m2, having invested more than 12 million euros in the project. The general contractor will be Stroyservis-Center. The production site will be equipped with high-performance processing lines for production of nickel-chrome steel pressure gauges, membrane media separators, level gauges, new types of resistance thermometers and thermocouples. The complex will comprise a machining shop with the latest CNC machines. The commissioning of the enterprise is planned for February 2017. The WIKA measuring devices are used in oil and gas, chemistry and petrochemistry, machine building, energy, food, pharmaceutical, shipbuilding and many other industries.
During Hannover Messe-2016, a number of agreements were signed at the stand of the Moscow government on development of innovative projects in Russia.
A tripartite agreement on integrating the industry-oriented vocational educational of Moscow into the European educational space was signed between the Moscow Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the European Association for Vocational and Social Education EBG and the VNIIMETMASH. According to plans, the specialists of Moscow industrial enterprises will be trained under the German dual education system, which has the theoretical part of the training provided at educational organizations, and the practical part at a workplace. The German party will provide informational and methodological support to the VNIIMETMASH, which will become the base enterprise for training metalworking specialists. It is also planned to involve German inter-industry training centers and institutions in the project.
The Zelenograd Development Corporation (managing company of the Zelenograd Innovation Territorial Cluster) and the German Innovative Community Unterschleißheim (ICU) agreed to cooperate in the fields of education, R&D and technology transfer. The ICU is a regional cluster that unites innovative companies with the aim of improving their interaction efficiency, product promotion, information exchange and development. One of ICU’s interesting projects is the informational online platform for support of its companies. The participants of the Russian and German clusters work in nano- and microelectronics, aviation, aerospace, information and telecommunication technologies, and medicine.
The International Institute of Innovation Transfer and the Moscow University of Finance and Law signed an agreement with the German company EWB on cooperation between the companies and universities of the two countries using the business network platform Window to Europe 2.0. The project is aimed at expanding and diversifying the Russian export of goods and services, promoting the Russian investment projects in Europe. The project will be based on the European Center for Innovation Support in Berlin, founded by International Institute of Innovation Transfer in cooperation with Russian and German leading universities and companies. It is planned to create an international mechanism for facilitation of research result implementation and subsequent introduction of innovative engineering solutions in high-technology manufacture. Moscow University of Finance and Law agreed with EWB on introduction of innovative IT-technologies in production and education with the purpose of organizing the exchange of experience and training of employees in high technology spheres.
The company Promobot, which is a resident of Skolkovo, signed a contract for supply of 100 multifunction intelligent robots to the Chinese Corporation Keysi Microelectronics. The Promobot robot won in the contest of the federal accelerator of technological startups GenerationS-2014. According to Keysi Microelectronics, the Russian solution boasts the most affordable price among the competitors, while featuring highly accurate speech and face recognition. During Hannover Messe, the Promobot robot welcomed the exhibition visitors and answered their questions. The Promobot robots can be used as promoters, tour guides, sales managers, entertainers and even teachers.
Summarizing the results of the forum, Dr. Jochen Köhler, member of the Board of Deutsche Messe, said that the integration of production, industries and people in different countries and continents based on the Industry 4.0 concept requires developing universal technologies and standards. Hannover Messe 2016 is an important milestone on this path.