How SMEs benefit from Mu-Tool ?

 

Mu-Tool will protect and enhance the commercial position of the SME partners by allowing them to make PMC products with the following advantages:

  • Reduced process time (by approximately 50% compared to conventional composites processing)
  • Reduced process cost (by approximately 50% compared to conventional composites processing)
  • Reduced process energy/carbon-footprint (by at least 33% compared to conventional composites processing)
  • Improved, or at least maintained, component quality due to even and localized heating

The SMEs will benefit by:

  • Access to novel ceramic tooling approaches with absorber materials developed specifically for microwave composite processing (with patent potential).
  • Having a novel process for ‘in-ceramic’ microwave curing of composites (with patent potential).
  • Being able to offer a low-cost technique for the processing of composite components for the automotive (and other related) industry and consequently gaining market penetration and growth.