Keywords: Investigación, Innovación, CONACYT
Through the Innovation Incentive Program (PEI, in Spanish) of the National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), EGADE Business School has linked up, for the third consecutive year, with Mexican firms that are investing in research, technological development and innovation, thus contributing to the competitiveness of Mexico's productive sectors.
Dr. Federico Trigos Salazar, representing EGADE Business School, collaborates with companies from Nuevo León and San Luis Potosí on research projects using Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) techniques, enjoying incentives from PEI-Conacyt to develop coatings that increase the durability of punches for die casting and plastic injection molds, respectively.
This time, the School is collaborating on two research projects with PVD (Physical Vapor Deposition) technologies, with financial incentives from PEI-Conacyt within the 2017 call and in the Proinnova modality, exclusively targeting innovation-oriented proposals and presented by companies in connection with institutions of higher education.
Dr. Federico Trigos Salazar, research professor at EGADE Business School, participates on both projects, one presented by the Nuevo León firm Tecno Troqueles, and the other by Maquinados Industriales Ayala, from San Luis Potosí.
Each company received approximately 4.9 million pesos in support from PEI-Conacyt to complement the investment required for their projects.
“Both companies are betting on research. Both are exploring PVD techniques to develop coatings, though applied to each of their respective products. I’m involved in both projects, representing the School, although I work on different tasks in each company, such as generating methodologies, designing experiments and analyzing results statistically,” commented Dr. Trigos Salazar.
IMPROVED QUALITY DIE CASTING PUNCHES
The Tecno Troqueles project is called “PVD coating as a thermal barrier to prevent die corrosion” and seeks to double the durability of dies to offer a premium product alternative for its customers who come from a variety of industrial sectors, explained Humberto Rodríguez Martínez, the company’s technical manager.
“We will be applying coatings using the Physical Vapor Deposition (PVD) technique, to achieve a product with improved quality. The idea is to optimize the stamp capacities, making it more durable,” said the representative of this die-manufacturing company, which participates in the metalworking industry.
Dr. Trigos collaborates on this project as part of the research group that, in conjunction with the company, design the methodologies and procedures for coating development. He also performs the statistical analysis of the experimental results with methodologies of design of experiments based on tests of corrosion, wear and surface finish.
MORE DURABLE PLASTIC INJECTION MOLDS
Maquinados Industriales Ayala’s project is called “Applications of coatings with ionic links on hardened molds” and seeks to achieve more durable plastic injection molds, Jorge Ayala Baca, the firm’s technical manager, explained.
“We will be using the PVD technique to impregnate the surface of the molds, seeking to increase their duration. A mold that normally lasts 50 thousand injected pieces should reach 80 thousand,” he assured.
Dr. Trigos’ participation in this research is related to the design of the experiments through the technique of response surfaces to guarantee valid results based on the tests conducted, as well as to the statistical analysis of the rugosities obtained. He will also be writing a scientific article with the project’s results.
The professor is a member of the Strategic Research Group on Business Analytics of EGADE Business School and a level-one member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI). Read his full profile here.
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