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Factory of the future

 

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Manufacturing on demand

Is it possible for manufacturing to continue to thrive in countries where costs are high? ​At VTT we help specialized, modern manufacturers to find customers far into the future. We believe maintaining a competitive edge in specialized manufacturing  involves much more than simply the cost of la​bour.

The future of manufacturing can be divided into base technologies and digital manufacturing with high degrees of freedom in design. Products can be designed with effective design environments and they can be produced in the logistically nearest point. Products will be made eco efficiently and on demand.

Additive manufacturing changes the world

Industrial change towards the additive manufacturing has begun. Possibilities to manufacture products directly from the computer models is increasing and will be more versatile. Tailored materials make new features to the products possible. In business, products in digital form turn into merchandise.

​We can help you in development of manufacturing processes and materials, utilization of additive and digital manufacturing and boosting of the operations of factories and networks. We also accompany new co-creation value networks in manufacturing industry.

 

Factory and product development to improve your business

Our services cover extensively product and production development including also cost effectiviness. Productivity and profitability is always included in our objectives.

We have decreased manufacturing thruput time from six days to 2 hours due to automation for our client, as well as decreased manufacturing phases to half. We have also decreased manufacturing cost by 30% whil​e product quality increased.

Our knowledge portfolio includes e.g.

  • Production Strategy
  • Techonology Level Evaluation
  • Business Case and Cost-effectiveness Calculations
  • Manufacturing Technologies and Methods
  • Order-To-Delivery Process Development
  • Automation and Robotics
  • Supply Chain Development
  • Virtual Design
  • Manufacturability
  • Design for X
  • Prototypes.

 

We implement projects flexibly according to customer needs. Be in touch to discuss more!

 

​​​Flexible and intelligent robotics

​Robots and robotic systems improve productivity in many industrial applications. Modern industrial robots provide an excellent platform for application development, though in some cases it is better to design a completely new robot or manipulator to meet the requirements.

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​​​Noise control and sound quality

We have years of successful experience in solving vibration and noise challenges in machines, vehicles and marine applications. Noise control and sound quality is important to involve in the product Research & Development work in the early stages.

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​​​VTT ProperTune for optimal material design

 VTT ProperTune® is an advanced computational modelling-based m​aterial design methodology. ProperTune optimises material design, replacing expensive, time consuming testing and shortening time-to-market for new products by an average of 50%.

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​​​VTT ProperScan® for productive operation

VTT ProperScan®​ service is based on gathered 500 person-years of combined scientific and practical experience on materials performance, manufacturing procedures and degradation in operation conditions. Our expertise covers full range of materials performance aspects

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​​​Circular economy for technology industries

Longer life of the products is enabled by entire life-cycle thinking, design and solutions for slowing, narrowing and closing the loop. New business models enables circular economy and new technological innovations for circular economy to end up to the market.

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 Materials and manufacturing for metals, ceramics and composites

 
We have strong background on application areas where wear, corrosion, high temperature resistance and extreme performance are in essential role. We are experts on materials and manufacturing in the field of metals, ceramics and composites.

We focus on:

  • Multi-scale modelling assisted design and development of materials and processes to speed up troubleshooting and R&D process of new products
  • Design and tailoring of material composition to meet enhanced performance and sustainability demands of your product
  • 3D metal printing and emerging manufacturing technologies for high performance components and products
  • Performance and life time optimization of components in the process and power sector to increase productivity and safety


Our development activities are targeting to realization of efficient performance, profitable operation, optimised cost per production and sustainable and reliable production. Material and manufacturing technologies together with application know-how offer multidisciplinary approach to develop future breakthrough products in wide variety of industrial sectors; Energy, Machinery, Transportation.

 

​​​VTT ProperTune for optimal material design

VTT ProperTune® is an advanced computational modelling-based m​aterial design methodology. ProperTune optimises material design, replacing expensive, time consuming testing and shortening time-to-market for new products by an average of 50%.

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​​​VTT ProperScan® for productive operation

VTT ProperScan®​ service is based on gathered 500 person-years of combined scientific and practical experience on materials performance, manufacturing procedures and degradation in operation conditions.

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​​​Powder piloting services

We are material experts specialized on powder based materials. We offer services from early stage feasibility studies and market surveys to pilot scale production of materials and demonstration components.

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​​​3D printing as a competitive edge

Additive Manufacturing (AM), or 3D Printing is part of the digital revolution. It is changing the structure of the manufacturing industry and the way it is operating, especially in countries, where the competitiveness rests on high-end products and short series.

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​​​Tribology

VTT offers its customers profound knowledge on tribology (friction, wear and lubrication), top-level testing equipment, a computer modelling approach and international networking opportunities.

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Defect tolerant fatigue design

The Defect tolerant fatigue design tools developed by VTT provide means for analyzing the material and manufacturing defects. Welds, castings, forgings and additive manufacturing components and materials can be studied by the tools.

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​​​Corrosion

VTT holds strong expertise on corrosion phenomena and prevention in a wide variety of applications and environments. We offer our customers high-quality knowledge and facilities for corrosion research, monitoring, modelling and prevention methods.

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​​​Infrastructure solutions

Our integration of advanced geotechnical and structural engineering research, innovative material solutions for infrastructure, and multi-scale monitoring and modelling technologies delivers reliable knowledge for planning and conducting infrastructure management throughout lifecycles.

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Supply chain management (SCM) and strategic purchasing 

Efficiency, agility and flexibility through supply chain management

VTT has strong knowledge of supporting our customers in developing the most effective ways to establish and manage their supply chains. We can help you evaluate the extent to which your company's supply chain performance is up to date, and pinpoint where improvements are needed. Furthermore, we can ensure that your business strategy and supply chain efficiency meets future customer needs.

Globalisation, networks and purchasing strategies

The key aspects of supply chain management are continually impacted by the globalisation of production. We can help you to find a better strategic fit within your production philosophy and help you to understand the ways in which production can be used to boost your competitive edge.

More than 50 supply chain management specialists at VTT are ready to support you in pulling greater value from your supply chains. Our approach emphasises close collaboration with clients in real-life development and problem solving situations.

The value of VTT is that we map all development options with respect to make/buy decisions, helping you to minimise uncertainty and risks in the global production environment. Based on that understanding, we can work together with you to identify the best ways to build up your purchasing strategies and networking models.

Services

We are your R&D partner from feasibility review up to total revolution. With us you have access to state-of-art multidisciplinary know-how and facilities. Together we can develop your product to fulfil the highest customer and technical demands.

We are offering

  • Technology and market surveys
        • Foresight & business landscape
  • Ideas and feasibility studies 
        • Creativity workshops combined with engineering reality
  • Networks and value chains
        • Co-creation with right partners
  • Design of materials and processing
        • Harder, stronger, more economical, more ecological
  • Emerging manufacturing technologies
        • Additive manufacturing
  • Performance testing and life time evaluation
        • Mechanical properties, corrosion, wear, extreme conditions
  • Pilot scale processing and demonstrations

 

 

​​Interested? Find out more

CONTACT US

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CONTACT US

P.O. Box 1000, FI-02044 VTT, Finland
Tel. exchange +358 20 722 111
Opening hours Mon - Fri 8:00 - 16:30,
UTC +3 time zone

CUSTOMER SERVICE

info@vtt.fi
Tel. +358 20 722 7070
Opening hours Mon - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 and 12:00 - 15:00,
UTC +3 time zone