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Acabados y revestimientos del mueble: de la fabricación tradicional a la industria 4.0 / Furniture Finishing and Coatings: from traditional manufacturing to industry 4.0
Start date: Sep 1, 2016, End date: Aug 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Finishings and coatings are an essential element in the design and production of furniture. They determine aesthetics, technical characteristics as functional performance. They also require the review of legislative conditions concerning health, safety at work and the environment. The latest innovations in finishing and coating products can reduce the environmental impact of furniture products, achieving greater resistance to scratch and abrasion, and meeting current aesthetic requirements. At the same time, they allow to innovate in the final product and to enter new markets, presenting differentiated furniture or carpentry elements.The project objectives are:- Transfer knowledge about furniture finishings and coatings, aiming to facilitate innovation.- Comparison of systems, finishing products and standards between countries.- Development of contents and tools related to specific training activities in the field of furniture finishes and coatings.The joint development of the project, with the participation of transnational entities, will facilitate a greater scope and results that are more ambitious. Both the variety of finishing and coating products and application methods are different between countries. For instance, while in Estonia waxes and oils are generally applied; in Spain, UK and Italy varnishes and finishes are the most common product.Integrating skills, knowledge and competencies in the field of finishes and coatings requires a dynamic and fluid interaction between the VET system and other actors within the innovation system, at transnational level. FUTUREfacing is based on joint work of VET providers, enterprises, social agents and technological centres with specific and complementary expertise.The strategic partnership will develop:a) Intellectual outputs: a training guidebook, a varnishing virtual simulator and a specific database on finishes and coatings.b) Multiplier Event: an international conference on finishings and coatings.c) Joint training activities for teachers.d) Dissemination activities: web platform, workshops, newsletters...The project target groups are students and teachers of VET, companies in the furniture industry and prescribers. Therefore, these groups will be invited to participate in all initiatives. In the case of joint training activities aimed at teachers, within the five days scheduled, one will be open to the public.Project results will be available to all actors in the value chain of furniture. A positive impact on the sector is expected, as intellectual outputs respond to "what-how-who". The training guidebook will provide updated information on products; the virtual simulator represents a unique opportunity to acquire or develop key skills in the application of finishings; the database will easily locate both products and suppliers.
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