The objective of collaborative projects is to organize regular meetings on a specific topic. In doing so, the status quo of ongoing research is exchanged and the foundation for new development projects is laid. Below some of our examples:
- In April 2015, the CleanMed collaboration project was launched under the direction of MedicalMountains.
- Since May 2018 is MedicalMountains project partner in the transnational collaboration project Towards the machining shop-floor of the future – Machining 4.0.
- MedicalMountains GmbH is a partner of the transfer and innovation platform SmaC since August 2018.
- Since October 2018, MedicalMountains GmbH has headed the ZIM competence network MedPrint.
- MedicalMountains also cooperates with Fraunhofer IPA in the MediClean industrial group.
A groundbreaking project was launched in April 2015 under the direction of the cluster organization MedicalMountains in Tuttlingen:
In the meantime, 27 network partners have joined forces to form “CleanMed – the competence network for technical cleanliness, cleanability and sterilization in medical technology”, funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology within the framework of the Central Innovation Program “Mittelstand” (ZIM).
The goal of the network is to develop new processes and services with which products can be produced as freely as possible from production residues and which are also easy to clean and sterilize during the use cycle.
The network is concerned with five fields of technology and competencies in which various projects are developed and processed:
1) “Standardization and Validation”
2) “Construction and Reconstruction”
3) “Functional Surfaces”
4) “Technical cleanliness in production”
The broad excellence network includes both development providers, the classic manufacturers of medical instruments and implants, as well as manufacturers of cleaning equipment and cleaning agents. In addition, service providers for cleaning processes are integrated. Furthermore, renowned addresses for technical cleanliness are represented from research.
In the long term, the collaboration network could become an established center of excellence for the cleaning of medical devices with established structures, procedures and sustainable self-financing. As a result, the competitiveness of the companies involved will be significantly improved. Because technical cleanliness, cleanability and sterilisability as a quality feature for implants and instruments from the Cluster MedicalMountains strengthen the market outlook and therefore the location significantly.
More information of CleanMed can be found here: www.clean-med.de
Within the framework of the funding programme Interreg North-West Europe an international project team develop measures to support the machining industry (turning, milling, drilling) in North-West Europe.
The project aims to increase the knowledge level of machining SMEs and transform them into more innovative enterprises by transferring knowledge on innovative technologies, stimulating hands-on experimenting and supporting the transformation process.
- An online portal provides free access to specialized knowledge on innovative technologies for machining.
- A transnational fieldlab network integrates seven regional fieldlabs and gives machining SMEs open access to complamentary state-of-the-art equipment and inspiring demonstrators.
- Twelve machining applications – based on the typical challenges from the NEW machining sector – are co-developed with the machining SMEs to translate the broad Industry 4.0 Vision into tangible applications with high potential for machining.
- A voucher scheme is set-up to (financially) support machining SMEs that want to transform their production systems (50 transformation vouchers of 20.000 €)
- 50 machining SMEs are intensively supported and coached to define their transformation plan and start the integration of innovative technologies in their production system.
Project outputs are planned under care of EFFRA and transferred across different sectors in NWE. 1.000 SMEs aquired knowledge oin innovative machining technologies, 250 SMEs experimented with new technologies and collaborated with R&D partners and 50 SMEs received intensive business support. This increase the knowledge and innovation level for machining in NWE.
Read more about the project on the project website.
With SmaC, the “Smart Caravan” of the Hahn-Schickard-Gesellschaft für angewandte Forschung e.V., an integrative and at the same time expandable cooperation basis is created which enables companies, developers, service providers and end users to develop, realize, evaluate and finally experience new ideas in the Smart Home sector and similar business fields.
- Cooperations: The SmaC platform serves as a basis to give companies the opportunity to test technical cooperations and integrations in a realistic, flexible environment. In addition to the temporary rental to individual companies and consortia as well as the technical support of integration tasks, it is planned to organize theme-oriented hackathons in which new cooperation ideas can be specifically developed and implemented.
- Innovations: The SmaC platform is available for the evaluation of new ideas as a realistic system with an existing basic infrastructure. The implementation and evaluation is actively supported by the project participants. The active initiation of innovations is carried out through so-called hackathons as well as explicit open innovation workshops.
- Learning and teaching platform: In addition to using SmaC as a cooperation and innovation platform for companies and service providers, it can and should also serve as a training platform for trainees and students. You can experience and apply Smart Home technologies yourself in a realistic environment and at the same time implement your own solutions in the form of training and study projects.
- Demonstration: In addition to the application and implementation of new ideas, the SmaC platform is also used for demonstration purposes, so that the general public can also be informed about new offers and technologies in the area of Smart Home and their application.
What once began as a visionary idea with experiments of all kinds has become an established method: additive manufacturing. In medical technology, so-called 3D printing makes it possible, among other things, to produce shapes and geometries that nature likes. Individually and tailor-made for the respective body. Serial products can also be rethought and their manufacture efficiently designed. The potential of additive manufacturing processes for medical instruments, devices and implants is therefore one of the global megatrends in the industry.
The MedPrint competence network of MedicalMountains GmbH with currently 24 highly specialized partners from industry, including global players and SMEs, from research and development as well as from universities and colleges, is dedicated to these potentials.
The objective is well-defined: progressive and improved patient care and – in order to achieve this – the user-oriented further development of corresponding materials, machines, products and processes. MedPrint should also help its participants to make the technical and economic leaps in innovation that are necessary not only to keep up with international competition, but also to take on a technological leadership role. After all, Baden-Württemberg’s medical technology sector in the Tuttlingen area will continue to live up to its reputation as a world centre for medical technology.
Further information can be found at https://medprint-netzwerk.de
MedPrint is one of the successfully selected network projects of the nationwide programme “Central Innovation Programme for SMEs” (ZIM) and is funded by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy.