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Cost effective industrialisation of an eco-friendly pre-treatment for plastic chrome plating using self assembly nanotechnology (SAMDOKAN)
Date du début: 1 oct. 2012, Date de fin: 31 mars 2015 PROJET  TERMINÉ 

The main goal of SAMDOKAN project is to industrialize a novel hexavalent chrome Cr(VI) free environmentally friendly high performance electroplating pre-treatment for plastic surfaces using molecular self assembly nanotechnology (SAM).Sectors such as automotive, white goods electric-appliances and sanitary are the main consumers of this type of plastic parts. In Europe, about 1350 companies have chrome plating installations of which over 98% are SMEs. SAM technology has been already demonstrated, in ECOSAM FP 6 project, to be a successful alternative to the traditional electroplating technology.SAMDOKAN project objectives are aligned with Eco-innovation programme since an eco-innovative production methodology will be industrial scale-up which aims to prevent and reduce environmental impacts such as the generation of potentially hazardous waste going to landfill and/or incineration, transport associated to this waste, etc. The specific objectives of the project are the following: To scale up the SAM pre-treatment process in three electroplater companies and plastic types; 100% elimination of carcinogenic chromic acid (Cr (VI)) and toxic Pd/Sn colloids in the pre-treatment process at industrial scale. This means a reduction of 5 steps in the pre-treatment process, a 30% in total reactive consume and a reduction of 35% of clean water consume. An overall 20% cost reduction of the pre-treatment can be achieved; Increase the production capacity of current plants in at least 25% and a reduction in 50 % of total energy consumption; To expand the electroplating market on a broader range of plastics and to provide end-users a greater scope for design (filled polypropylene (PP) and filled polyamide (PA); No health concerns (water based treatments and low toxicity chemicals for electroplating pre-treatment process and for waste water treatment); Reduction of 3% plastic/s consumption due to a reduction of rejected parts and thickness of plastic parts.



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