Consortium Headed by TenCate Receives Funds to Develop "The Factory of the Future"
The Province of Overijssel, The Netherlands, has granted a EUR 1.5 million development subsidy to a consortium headed by TenCate for the innovation center The Factory of the Future. The size of the project amounts to approximately EUR 6 million. The objective of the project is to make the production of advanced TenCate materials, such as protective fabrics, even more efficient, sustainable and smart, in what is known as smart production.
The use of new technologies, such as digital inkjet technology, will also make it possible in the near future to produce new innovative materials, known as smart materials. The introduction of digital inkjet technology has the added advantage of being able to respond to individual customer requirements ("mass customization" and "on demand delivery") and of enabling processes to be read in digitally by linking the production process to a range of customer networks through the internet.
One of the current main activities of the consortium relates to the further development and introduction of the Osiris technology of TenCate. This is a digital inkjet technology that was originally developed by the Hengelo company Osiris Inkjet Technology, which is being carried on by TenCate. This continuous inkjet technology achieves extremely high production speeds and for TenCate it is ideally suited as a sustainable finishing technology for technical textiles. During this process a high-grade functionality is applied to the substrate. This innovation could also be used in other sectors within the technical and other areas of the (technical) textile industry.
TenCate has joined forces with various companies in Twente, including a number of SME companies and the Norma Group, which supplies complete mechatronic systems. The consortium is an example of a network structure of companies in the "Materials and Mechatronics" sector (materials, machine building, components, engineering and IT), which is strongly represented in the Eastern Netherlands. Within the consortium close cooperation is expected with other companies in the near future, which will also result in new employment opportunities being created.
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