Autonomous identification system for detection and security of the products for the system Industry 4.0

Funded by: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Program: Podpora aplikovaného výzkumu a experimentálního vývoje EPSILON
Duration: Jan 2017 - Dec 2019
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: Ing. Tomáš Syrový, Ph.D.

Technology of the continuous production of the printed memories elements and their implementation into flexible labels will be suggested. These labels enable high level of the product security and identification for the full automatized and robotized production and distribution process required by Industry 4.0 system. The security data will not be possible to change or forge and it will integrate the rewritable memory for the preservation of data enable to follow the product during its life cycle. Electronic security element will be supplemented by unique visual element. Reading device including software will be developed during the project for the reading and identification of the specific data stored in the memory system. Data will be read by contact way.


Research and development of a system to support Lean Manufacturing for production processing technology in the printing industry

Funded by: Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Program: TRIO (2016-2021)
Duration: Jun 2017 - Jul 2020
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: prof. Ing. Petr Němec Ph.D.

The project is focused on two main targets:
1) Development of a software product (MIS) to support Lean Manufacturing tools in cooperation of CICERO Stapro Group s.r.o. with the University of Pardubice and Novatisk a.s. printing house.
2) Development of an implementation methodology and Lean Manufacturing consulting activities, with regard to the specifics of Czech printing industry.


Research and development of the integration of telemetric and analytical processes into the management of polygraphic production and the implementation of elements of industry 4.0

Funded by: Ministry of Industry and Trade, Czech Republic
Program: TRIO (2016-2021)
Duration: 01.04.2018 - 31.12.2021
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: prof. Ing. Petr Němec Ph.D.

1. The preparation of a methodology to find out an optimal interaction of primary and secondary parameters influencing polygraphic products and processes
2. The selection and the integration or the development of new measurement devices for the detection of primary and secondary paramaters
3. The development of an analytical system for displaying of the values of primary and secondary parameters
4. The preparation of the methodology for remedial measures
5. The development of an automatic system for the suggestion of the remedial measures


Advanced methods of fabrication of chalcogenide thin films and their modifications

Funded by: Czech Science Foundation
Program: TRIO (2016-2021)
Duration: 01.04.2018 - 31.12.2021
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: prof. Ing. Petr Němec Ph.D.

Advanced methods of physical deposition of thin films (radio-frequency magnetron sputtering, pulsed laser deposition, etc.) will be studied in the frame of the project. The attention will be paid also to the fabrication of thin films from solution via spin coating method. Deposition conditions will be optimized with the aim of fabrication of high quality thin chalcogenide films. Starting synthesized deposition materials and prepared thin films will be characterized in detail by structural and optical methods. Thin chalcogenide films will be modified by the influence of temperature or light, and also by dopants. The results of the project will lead to chalcogenide materials with innovative properties, composition, and optimized conditions of deposition of their thin films.


Development of a UV curable varnish for digital varnishing machines

Funded by: Technology Agency of the Czech Republic
Program: Program aplikovaného výzkumu, experimentálního vývoje a inovací GAMA
Duration: Jul 2017 - Dec 2019
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: Ing. Jan Vališ Ph.D.

The aim of this project is to develop a new type of UV curable varnish for inkjet varnishing machines with the ability to print complex motifs of varnish effects (including 3D). The developed varnish will be cured with a combination of radical and cationic polymerization initiated by UV radiation. Currently, the majority of UV-curable inks and varnishes are cured by radical polymerization and only a small part by cation polymerization. The matter of curing UV-curable inkjet inks/varnishes is influenced by many parameters, which have to be taken into account during development (e.g. print head type, droplet size of ejected ink, viscosity, surface tension, mechanical properties of cured materials, etc.). A common practise is that the set parameters are mutually contradictory (e.g. flexibility of layers vs. surface resistance to scratching), therefore it is necessary to find a compromise. Today, a relatively large number of manufacturers of inkjet inks/varnishes can be found on the market (e.g. Sun Chemical, Toyo Ink, Chimigraf, Svang Ink, etc.). Nevertheless, due to differences between printing machines, printing heads, printed substrates and requirements on the final properties of cured inks and varnishes, it can be difficult to find an optimal varnish for a particular application. From performed market researches it is evident that there is a great demand for UV-curable varnish for pattern UV varnishing purposes. The developed hybrid UV varnish cured by radical and cationic polymerization simultaneously will be curable with medium-pressure mercury lamp (currently most frequently used UV source), and by diodes emitting in UV region (UV-LEDs) as well, which are considered to be highly perspective as a source for UV curing due to their advantages (long life, low energy consumption, instant on/off switching, no ozone generation etc.). This trend is indicated by increase of use of UV-LEDs in recent years and by gradual replacement of mercury lamps in some applications.


SMARTFIELD - IoT microclima data collection for smarter farming

Funded by: Ministry of Agriculture, Czech Republic
Program: Programu aplikovaného výzkumu Ministerstva zemědělství na období 2017 - 2025 ZEMĚ
Duration: 01/2018 - 12/2022
Workplace: Faculty of Chemical Technology
Contact: Ing. Tomáš Syrový, Ph.D.

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