Some of our current projects

Grindability of recycled steel: automotive crankshafts

Research Project, 2017–2020
The main purpose of the crankshaft steel project is to gain a better understanding of the most important effects on the grindability through the manufacturing chain, i.e. material composition, forging, heat treatment and grinding. Specific goals are: 
(a) improve recyclability of recycled steel
(b) provide guidelines for improving steel composition and material process technologies in the value chain 
(c) increase flexibility and efficiency in the grinding processes for the end customer in the automotive industry
(d) enable future material purchases from more steel suppliers.

Sustainable manufacturing through processing with cryogen technology (SUSTAIN-CRYO)

Research Project, 2017–2020
The overall aim of the SUSTAIN-CRYO project is to develop cooling / lubrication methods that enable environmentally neutral production in Sweden. Specific goals are:
(1) increase cutting machining productivity by 20% -30%
(2) adopt a new CRYO-MQL hybrid cooling / lubrication hybrid system to market (patent SE1550877 A1)
(3) get a faster time-to-market for cryogenic tool solutions
(4) reduce waste and waste in production
(5) avoid the use of mineral oils as cutting fluids

A simulation based guide to machinability assessment

Research Project, 2017–2020
We are concerned with the development of a machinability guide implemented based on virtual simulations, integrating inter-disciplinary research in the areas of metal cutting, machining-system dynamics and computational material science. In fact, short tool life and long machining cycles are generally regarded as key challenges in reducing lead times in the production lines. 
This problem becomes particularly important when a new material grade is to be introduced to meet the present day design targets – typically related to light weighting. The simulation based guide thereby represents a generic tool to transfer simulated machinability data to the production. The new tool will enable the industrial end-users to significantly shorten the lead-times associated with the introduction of new materials and management of materials variation in production...

Published: Fri 31 Jan 2020.