The consortium involves 6 academic and 8 commercial partners spread across the Czech Republic. In order to get the consortium contract signed, it had to travel 1500 km by car and train.
Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences (Fyzikální Ústav AV ČR, v. v. i.) is a public research institute concentrating on fundamental and applied research in physics. The research is focused on 5 branches: particle physics, the physics of condensed matter, solid state physics, optics and plasma physics. The Institute of Physics is specialized in laser physics, spintronics and advanced materials and coating.
The Institute of Physics has extensive experience with Research, Development and Innovation; having implemented over 40 projects within the Czech Republic for TAČR and other institutes since 2011. Next to this, the Institute of Physics was involved in more than 160 international collaborations and generates on average 10 patents per year.
Institute of Plasma Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences
The Institute of Plasma Physics CAS (Ústav fyziky plazmatu AV ČR, v. v. i.) is an innovate leader in the field of plasma spraying, plasma waste treatment, and plasma discharges for medical purposes. The institute focuses on research of components and technology of fusion reactors, preparation of special plasma-sprayed layers, ablation of solids with EUV laser, development of generators of power microwaves, research of industrial use of gasification of biomass and waste materials in plasma.
The institute of Plasma Physics CAS maintains long-term and extensive cooperation with foreign and Czech scientific organizations, dealing with a number of international and national research projects. The institute is focused on the creation of practical products and technologies including a plasma spraying torch with water stabilization, plasma cutting with steam plasma, development of special heat-resistant ceramic tubes and Research and Development and the production of a focal shock wave generator for crushing of kidney stones.
HVM PLASMA, s.r.o is a company in thin film coating technology focusing on the development, design and precise manufacturing of vacuum equipment, the development of new coating technology and the measurement of thin coating properties. HVM PLASMA is committed to link applied science with manufacturing & technology and emphasizes on national and international projects.
HVM PLASMA does research in PVD and PACVD technology, focusing on laboratory and industrial scale coaters using amongst others magnetrons, arc sources and ion sources. They focus on in-depth thin film analysis and plasma diagnostics. Next to this, they provide simulations of various physical phenomena, including electric and magnetic fields, heat transfers, mechanical stress and a combination.
HiLASE is a project belonging to the Institute of Physics, with the main goal of creating a national platform for Research and Development of new laser technologies. HiLASE focuses on the development of high-repetition lasers and laser systems that will be used in industry, small- and medium-scale research laboratories and in future European large-scale facilities that will be part of the European Research Area (ERA).
HiLASE is a unique laser centre, focusing on national and European companies and Research Centres. HiLase is focusing on the commercial market, as outputs can be used e.g. for micro-machining technologies, testing resistance of optical materials, cutting, welding, removal of deposits and laser peening. HiLASE projects specifically focus on diode pumped solid state laser systems (DPSSLs) and on the development of associated technologies. HiLASE has received funding from, amongst others, the European Structural and Investing Funds, Operational Programme Research, Development and Education and from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.
Center of Applied Research and Development for Additive Manufacturing (CARDAM) is a young company in applied research and development focusing on the realization of innovative, advanced solutions and products by using a high level of mathematical simulations and additive technologies. CARDAM is a joint effort between the Institute of Physics, Česká zbrojovka and Beneš a Lát and focusses on research projects within this frame.
CARDAM works as well nationally as internationally, providing applied research and development services, complete engineering solutions for new product development and manufacturing processes, as well as support to companies in developing their own knowledge and know-how in the new industry of additive design and manufacturing.
L.E.T. Optomechanika Praha
L.E.T. Optomechanika Praha is an optical company specialized in thin film coating, optometry, photolithography and optical components. L.E.T. delivers complete solutions including installation and precise positioning of optical elements. They have equipment and technologies to make various kinds of substrate for optographics and coating. L.E.T. uses advanced technology of thin film coating designed for optics or electrotechnics. L.E.T. produces various optical elements with planar or radius surfaces with different types of members, flat glass, filters, mats and condensers. They also produce various eyepiece graticules and rulers, fine scales, encoders and calibers as well as microscope accessories.
L.E.T. works nationally as well as internationally and works together with universities and companies. Customers are located in Germany, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands and Belgium. L.E.T. has successfully participated in several projects, an example of this is the chipCAT project focusing on the design of thin-film nanocatalysts for chip fuel cell technology.
BENEŠ a LÁT
BENEŠ a LÁT a.s. (BaL) is a family owned traditional Czech industrial company focused on the field of material processing, such as variety of casting technologies (light and non ferrous metals), plastic injection moulding, machining and assemblies. Its main advantage is based on technical knowledge and long term industrial experience (over 80 years in the field of non ferrous materials processing), which enables BaL to provide its customers with services from material / design proposals to prototyping, laboratory testing, serial tool development and production, up to final parts production, assembly and deliveries all over the world.
BaL customers are based in the industrial segment, such as automotive, telecommunications, transportation, hydraulics and other industrial applications. In the field of Research & Development, BaL is a long term partner for material and technological migration which is based on long and deep technical background of the R&D team. As this team is incorporated in the structure of BaL, it profits from direct cooperation with production (casting, injection moulding, machining etc.) and other centres in the early stages of development.
Available technologies and capacities of the R&D team are for example computer material processing simulations (Magma sw.), material lab equipped with CT and RTG scanners (e.g. GE X-cube), 3D CMMs (Zeiss, Wenzel), spectrometers (e.g. Q4 Tasman) etc. The latest investment towards material engineering/prototyping is the state-of-the-art additive manufacturing machine (EOS print M290), which includes all pre-processing SW bundles and post-processing technologies/equipment.
Technical University of Liberec / CxI
The Institute for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovation (CxI), is part of the Technical University of Liberec. CxI focuses on all aspects of additive manufacturing with an emphasize on cooperation with major industry players. Research is aimed at development and testing of new materials for thermoplastic (FDM, FFF), photopolymer (SLA, Polyjet) and metal (SLM) additive technologies.
CxI is involved in more than 80 research projects, both on national and international level including projects of TAČR and HORIZON 2020. Within the last 3 years, 32 patents, 13 prototypes and 31 utility models have been approved. CxI is considered as a leader in research of metallic, non-metallic and plastic materials suitable for 3D printing technologies and injection moulding.
SIGMA Výzkumný a vývojový ústav
The SIGMA Research and Development Institute (SIGMA Výzkumný a vývojový ústav, s.r.o.) belongs to the SIGMA Group and functions as a Research & Development and Information & Standardisation company. Sigma focuses on research in the field of hydraulics and the implementation of scientific and development trends in the production of pumps. The main activities are related to hydrodynamic pumps and special pumps and products. This includes pumps and equipment in regards to ecology, particularly technologic equipment of waste water treatment plants; floating and other portable and stationary pumping sets for fire rescue corps; mobile flood control emergency pump sets and special pumps.
An important part of the company’s business activities is the production and sale of pumping equipment. Next to this, Research and Development of those pumping equipment are a central topic. The SIGMA Research and Development Institute has experience with commercial companies as well as research institutions.
Centrum hydraulického výzkumu
Hydraulics Research Centre, Ltd (CENTRUM HYDRAULICKÉHO VÝZKUMU spol. s r.o.) belongs to the SIGMA Group and focuses on fluid and gas hydraulic research and the development of hydrostatic and hydrodynamic machines. It is specialized in research in the hydraulic design of pump components, numerical simulations of fluids and shape optimization, participation in experimental measurements and chemical laboratory. They engage in obtaining and providing scientific and technical information; in training and educational activities within the field of hydraulics and in testing, measurements and analysis of tests.
Hydraulics Research Centre, Ltd. engages in both contractual and collaborative research, with public funded projects and works national and international. The main activities of the organization is to ensure effective participation in basic research between scientific and academic institutions, university students and industrial hydraulic specialists.
Palacký University Olomouc
The Regional Center of Advanced Technologies and Materials (RCPTM) is part of the Palacky University in Olomouc. The main objective of RCPTM is to transfer knowledge in the field of nanotechnology, material and optical science. The RCPTM aims to involve top scientists from all over the world in research at the centre, with a focus on students, PhD candidates and researchers. The RCPTM motivates foreign experts to work at the centre on projects in high-quality scientific teams.
The RCPTM has several successful projects. Two examples are projects on ultra-high-energy cosmic radiation with the Pierre Auger Observatory in Argentina and with the University of Chicago. Another project focusses on research into gamma photons of cosmic origin in Chille and the Canary Islands. RCPTM is also part of the international research centre CERN, with a focus on the project ATLAS-CERN.
The Palacky University of Olomouc is also involved in a joint project in cooperation with the Institute of physics: The Joint Laboratory of Optics (SLO). The SLO has been established in 1985 and focusses on research in applied optics, experimental particle physics, quantum and nonlinear optics and wave and holography.
Masaryk University / CEPLANT
CEPLANT is part of the Masaryk University and has been established in 2010 as a Research and Development Centre focusing on applied research of plasma sources and processing, oriented towards industrial end-users. The research is concentrated on discharge physics and plasma diagnostics and modelling; plasma surface treatment; thin film deposition; plasma-modified surface diagnostics and research and development of plasma generators. CEPLANT works both national and international, funded by amongst others EUROSTARS 2 and IraSME.
CEPLANT has been successful as Research and Development Centre as well in the Czech Republic as in Europe. Since its establishment CEPLANT finalized 40 applied researches and had 10 patents approved. Next to this, CEPLANT functions as a Key Enabling Technologies (KET’s) centre. Furthermore 3 companies were developed within CEPLANT, which were derived from the Centre.
The company was founded in 1991 as a qualified Servis Balzers. The name was changed to Vakuum Servis s.r.o and legal formed changed from bodily entity to Ltd. in 2003 . Vakuum servis s.r.o. became a service centre for vacuum company Pfeiffer Vacuum. Vakuum Servis is also a sales representatives of companies VAT Vakuumventile and Scia Systems in Czech republic and Slovakia. It also cooperates with other vacuum companies like HSR AG, Omicron Technologies and Anest Iwata.
Vakuum Servis s.r.o. focuses on the service of different kinds of vacuum pumps, selling vacuum components , production of He leak detection systems and the design of vacuum equipments and solutions taylor-made for customer requirements. Vakuum servis s.r.o. has also strong position at the local market in the field of coating technologies for semiconductors and optics.
Česká zbrojovka Uherský Brod
Česká zbrojovka a.s. focuses on research, development, production and supply of weapons. They have extensive production and development facilities and laboratories, where main activities are focused on testing and production of experimental samples, designer´s work, project management, calculations and numerical analysis and testing in real production conditions.
Česká zbrojovka a.s. has long-term activities on the Czech and international markets developing weapons for, amongst others, the police and the army of the Czech Republic. Their most important weapons include the CZ S 805 and Pistole CZ 75 B.