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Touchless Automation

A touchless microcomponent gripper for precision handling and microassembly

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Project "Touchless Automation" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Switzerland [CH]
 Project website
 Total cost 71˙429 €
 EC max contribution 50˙000 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-1
 Funding Scheme SME-1
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-04-01   to  2018-08-31


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 Project objective

Touchless Automation is a contactless solution to handle microcomponents of any shape & material. It addresses the acute problem of microcomponents frequently getting damaged, contaminated, and as a result, discarded during the precision assembly processes. Our novel microgripper combines ultrasound & vacuum to make the microcomponents levitate underneath it at the distance of <50 µm. It is the smallest solution of this kind on the market. We are targeting semiconductor manufacturing equipment & watchmaking industries for commercialization of Touchless Automation (with total addressable markets of €91.8m & €33.6m respectively). In 2017 we have generated strong market interest from other markets as well—pharmaceuticals, optoelectronics, metrology & others. In semiconductor equipment manufacturers & watchmakers, we have already defined technological feasibility studies with our prospects (Rolex, Ciposa, Comadur) to validate characteristics of the microgripper. In the implemented studies we have seen a 18-24% reduction in microparts damage & contamination. Finally, our partner Sabato Microtec—one of the leading global high-precision micromechanics manufacturers—will back us up with expertise, a wide network of contacts & equipment to develop & scale. In Oct 2017 we have received a PCT report that confirmed innovation over prior art, which removed the final obstacle (from a competitive patent) and gave us freedom to operate and to commercialize Touchless Automation. With Touchless Automation we are conservatively estimating €15m revenues by 2021 & €26m by 2023. In this Phase 1 project we will produce detailed market analysis for key & adjacent market segments, validate price ranges, determine sources of additional revenue streams & define a strong IP protection strategy.

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