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knowing the client's sector, speaking his language and being operative immediately

breaking down and analysing problems in order to identify technological bottlenecks

identifying technologies and skills necessary to solve a bottleneck

evaluating solutions from a technical and economic point of view

shaping a solution to fit the needs of the client

Eni 2011

Eni

Oil & Gas

Italy

2011

The realization of a tool for pipeline inspection requires the correct choice of materials compatible with the hydrocarbons carried by the conduits. Moreover, an opportune design of mechanical and electrical parts is required to minimize stoppage risk. Eni commissioned us to design and prototype the main subsystems that constitute this innovative new tool for pipeline integrity control.

Research New Material 2012-2013

Research

New materials

Italy

2012-2013

Substitution of steel and concrete with composite materials could lead to the realization of lighter and cheaper industrial structures. Moreover, materials transport costs would be kept to a minimum. In this Italian research Project, in collaboration with the Politecnico of Milan, mechanical and thermal properties of new composite materials are being studied.

Research Project Oil e Gas 2011-2012

Research Project

Oil & Gas

Italy-Spain

2011-2012

The realization of innovative tools in the field of flow-assurance requires the use of materials compatible with hydrocarbons carried by conduits. Moreover, sensing and electronic acquisition apparatus must work in the presence of variable pressure and temperature conditions. These topics have been explored within an European Research Project.

Electrolux Home appliance

Electrolux

Home appliance

Germany

2012

Appliance cleanability is a leading factor in customer choice. Nevertheless, cleaning systems should combine high efficiency with low power consumption. All of this must follow Electrolux's sustainable approach that covers the whole product life cycle, from design to disposal and recycling. Electrolux commissioned us to find new technologies and prototype an innovative cleaning device.

Electrolux Home appliance

Large Company

Toys production

Italy

2013

Electrical power generation in small toys for children under 3 years old is difficult because of the impossibility to use Lithium battery. Otherwise there are some energy sources exploitable, like motion and shacking, and there is the possibility to produce power using non-toxic substances. The Company commissioned us a technology scouting and a feasibility study of energy harvesting solutions for low-dimension power devices

Saipem Oil e Gas

Saipem

Oil & Gas

Italy

2010-2011

The realization of deepwater pipelines requires the use of expensive pipe-laying vessels. The adoption of technologies that reduce the use of vessels could strongly affect the costs of realization. However, these processes must meet the standards of worldwide quality regulations. Saipem commissioned us to scout innovative technologies for pipe-laying process optimization.

Electrolux Home appliance

Elcam

Biomedical

Italy

2013

Blood biomedical valves are composed of a thin porous membrane connected to rigid casing. The connection could induce defects in the membrane that compromise valve working and patient safety. Elcam commissioned us a feasibility study of NDT (non destructive testing) control of biomedical valves.

Research Project Automotive

Research Project

Automotive

Italy

2012-2014

Cars and trucks will undergo many changes in the near future related to fuel consumption, decreased weight and performance improvement. For these reasons this Italian Research Project is exploring many related topics such as combustion optimization, electrical engines, composite materials, protective surface coatings, sensors integration and aerodynamic design.

Electrolux Home appliance

Large Company

Manufacturing

Italy

2013

Energy efficiency improvement of industrial plants is currently a hot topic for both environmental and economic reasons. Connected to production lines there are some waste sources, like hot water, steam, exhaust gas. The Company commissioned us a technology scouting and a feasibility study to investigate new solutions to improve energy efficiency of plants exploiting waste sources.

Research Automotive

Research

Automotive

Italia

2012-2013

Wheels are one of the most important car components in terms of driver safety. For this reason, the integrity of wheels' mechanical properties must be guaranteed for the life of the car. Moreover, wheels could be a communication medium between car and tyres. These topics are being explored in this Italian Research Project, in collaboration with the Politecnico of Milan.

Research Automotive

CRF

Automotive

Italy

2012-2013

Car could work in climate conditions very different. In some cases temperature can reach values extremely high or low. In these contexts battery can be damaged and stop working correctly. The introduction of a protective system can improve battery life. CRF commissioned us the technology scouting and prototyping of new solutions for thermal battery protection.

Research Automotive

B|Braun

Biomedical

Italy

2013

Sealing properties of extrabody feeding bags are very important for patient safety reasons. Nowadays, some samples of bags are tested during the whole production for a statistical analysis. B|Braun commissioned us the feasibility study and prototyping of NDT (non destructive testing) device for in-line bags control. Our device has a sensitivity 10 times greater.

Eni 2010

Eni

Oil & Gas

Italy

2010

There are millions of kilometres of pipelines in the second half of their life. A periodical integrity control is fundamental to avoid safety and environmental problems. In addition, in the near future pipeline control will be regulated by law. Eni commissioned us to do a feasibility study of a tool that, minimizing costs and pipeline stoppage risk, allows more frequent inspections.

Research Automotive 2012-2014

Research

Automotive

Italy-UK-France

2012-2014

Electric vehicles will be more and more important in the near future, in order to meet European pollution regulation. Their development is distinguished by several problems, such as battery duration, charge station optimization, and waste recovery. Moreover, the cost of the whole life cycle must be taken into account. All these issue are being studied in this European Research Project.

Research Automotive 2012-2014

Gianetti

Automotive

Italy

2012-2013

Steel wheels for motorcycle must reach high quality standard. The chrome plating process could enhance any defects present on the surface. For this reason an optimal surface finiture is foundamental. Gianetti commissioned us the technology scouting of new solutions for an automatic line of wheels polishing that ensure low cost and good quality.

Research Automotive 2012-2014

Whirlpool

Home Appliance

Italy

2013

Appliances are currently classified in energetic consumption classes. Material substitution is an important strategy to improve energy efficiency of appliances. However, new materials must guarantee thermo-mechanical and electrical properties at least equal to the old ones. Whirlppol commissioned us the technology scouting and labs test of new materials able to improve energy efficiency of appliances.

Eni 2012

Eni

Oil & Gas

Italy

2012

Composite materials could be employed on a large scale for the realization of structures in the Oil & Gas sector. They could reduce weight and transportation costs while maintaining mechanical properties. However, it's essential to choose the correct components. Eni commissioned us to oversee the materials selection, structural design and mechanical simulation of an innovative composite material.

Magnetto Wheels Automotive

Magnetto Wheels

Automotive

Italy

2012

European regulations require that car and truck wheels become increasingly "smart" in the near future. Wheels should be part of an intelligent system that communicates actively while cars or trucks are in movement. All this with little or no power consumption. Magnetto Wheels commissioned us to identify and test innovative technologies in the fields of sensing and communication.

Large Company

Food & Beverage

Italy

2012

Materials used in the production chain of food could affect strongly food quality. Availability on the market, production costs, integrability in the production process and food compatibility must be taken into account for the choice of correct materials. The company commissioned us the scouting of innovative solutions that assure low price and high quality.

Saipem 2011-2012

Saipem

Oil & Gas

Italy

2011-2012

The selection of innovative technologies is a leading factor for cost reduction and process optimization. However, this often requires high initial costs of protyping and laboratory tests. Simulating process properties could help when choosing new solutions. Saipem commissioned us to do a magneto-mechanical simulation to evaluate the effects of pipe-laying process changes.

Magnetto Wheels Automotive 2011-2012

Magnetto Wheels

Automotive

Italy

2011-2012

Steel wheels for cars and trucks are produced through a well-known and inexpensive industrial process. The need to conquer new markets requires producing more attractive and more resistant wheels. Magnetto Wheels commissioned us to scout and test innovative processes to improve wheel properties.

Electrolux Home appliace 2011

Electrolux

Home appliance

Italy

2011

Material substitution is an important strategy to reduce production costs. However, new materials must guarantee thermo-mechanical and electrical properties at least equal to the old ones. Moreover, Electrolux adopts a forbidden material list that is more restrictive than worldwide regulations. Electrolux commissioned us to design and execute computational simulations of new solutions to reduce process costs.

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In the News
Customers

Jan 2014 – An Italian company asked BlueThink a feasibility study of innovative cutting technique of soft materials

Sep 2013 – Elcam asked BlueThink a feasibility study of NDT control of biomedical valves

Solvers

Jan 2014 – A German company leader in plasma cutting helps BlueThink in high speed cutting of steel components

Dec 2013 – BlueThink collaborates with a spinoff of Politecnico of Turin for compressed air consumption reduction in industrial plants

R & D

May 2013 – BlueThink laboratory is equipped with a 4 axis numerical control milling machine for fast prototyping

Jan 2012 – BlueThink opens a laboratory located in the Innovative Enterprise Incubator of Politecncico of Torino

Awards & Funding

Dec 2012 - BlueThink has been labelled Innovative Enterprise by the Innovative Companies Observatory in Torino for year of 2012

Mar 2012 - Bluethink wins the 7th framework programme European public funding, related to a revolutionary project of urban electric vehicle

News & Events

Oct 2013 – BlueThink participates to the Mecha Tronika exhibition in Milan

May 2013 - BlueThink participates to the international Solar Expo 2013 exhibition