Key enabling technologies in your company

"Key Enabling Technologies (KETs) are knowledge intensive and associated with high R&D intensity, rapid innovation cycles, high capital expenditure and highly-skilled employment. They enable process, goods and service innovation throughout the economy and are of systemic relevance. They are multidisciplinary, cutting across many technology areas with a trend towards convergence and integration. KETs can assist technology leaders in other fields to capitalise on their research efforts." (Extracted from Key Enabling Technologies - A bridge to growth and jobs, European Commission 2012)

 

InterTech supports the introduction of Key Enabling Technologies (KET's) and the development of competitive products. The EU defines Biotechnology, Nanotechnology, Microelectronics, Photonics and Material and Productiontechnologies as KET's. According to this, the following technologies were defined as high potential fields for the project partner regions:


Mechatronics & Advanced Manufacturing Technologies

Adaptive optics  (Microgate, Bozen)
Adaptive optics (Microgate, Bozen)

Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) comprise all technologies that significantly increase speed, decrease costs or materials consumption, and improve operating precision as well as environmental aspects. 

Mechatronics technology integrates several fields such as mechanics, electronics and computational engineering. Hence, it becomes an innovation driver in many sectors due to its transversal impact on production processes of consumer goods. More...


Nano- & Biotechnology

Nanotubes
Nanotubes

Nano- & Biotechnology are two emerging industries that integrate chemistry, physics, biology, mechanics, electronics and computational engineering. They both represent innovation drivers in several industries, such as agriculture, food and medicine when regarding the biotechnology. Nanotechnology can provide high tech materials to different specialized sectors looking for new components with very specific features. More...


Photonics & Electronics

Laser for material treatment
Laser for material treatment

Electronic circuits provide the ability to control the transport and storage of electrons, thus making possible the transmission of digital information from one point to another. The performance of this transmission can be improved by means of photonics, a cross-sectoral technology which uses light in all of its many forms, showing tremendous leverage for creating products in a broad range of industrial sectors. More...


Simulation & Rapid Prototyping

Rapid Prototyping
Rapid Prototyping

Numerical simulation and Rapid Prototyping have performed key roles in the evolution of product development and process innovation throughout time. Numerical simulation is used reduce the costs of prototypes and tests and hence, the period of product development. Mechanical, thermal or optical properties can be reliably simulated prior to the fabrication of a first prototype. On the other hand, Rapid Prototyping allows transforming computer CAD models into solid 3D models in just few hours. More...


Advanced materials

Light weight E-Bike (Leaos Bike)
Light weight E-Bike (Leaos Bike)

Advanced materials show an improved performance in very demanding environments or processes. They also offer additional advantages over conventional materials in terms of physical-chemical properties (e.g. conductivity, weight, durability). Therefore, the introduction of light weight materials and new adhesive techniques represent a step further in the development of new and innovative designs or material combinations searching out for mass reduction and efficiency improvement. More...