Grupo Antolin is collaborating on the Micro-Sinter-Membrane research project, led by the automotive cluster of Castilla y León FACYL, Industrias Maxi and start-up, Aenium Engineering.
The Micro-Sinter-Membrane project investigates a new concept of filter membrane for the interior of the vehicle, which is effective against particles and contaminants, including viruses and bacteria present in the air.
Grupo Antolin is working on the project as an evaluator of the technological potential of the future solution. Aenium Engineering is the partner in charge of the R&D development of the membrane through new parameterized fusion and laser sintering processes of multi-layered technical polymers.
Within the consortium, Industrias Maxi carries out digital management of the production and application of machine vision systems for the control of the membrane prototype, after its manufacture in the additive manufacturing lines. For its part, FACYL is responsible for the coordination of the project, the study of the costs of materials and the analysis of a future industrial development project of the prototype cell.
The project will be funded by the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Tourism through the call for support for Innovative Business Associations.
Within its Clean Interiors project, Grupo Antolin is researching different technologies with the aim of turning the interior of the vehicle into a space of safety and comfort as well as a health protection bubble. One of the lines of work is the management and improvement of air quality offering safety to occupants against the COVID-19 virus and other periodic epidemics such as influenza.
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It also wants to protect the interior of the vehicle from the high concentration of allergens and pollution in urban centres.
This research is in the development phase and pursues the integration of systems into the interior of the car that will allow intelligent control of the air quality inside, after analysing the advantages and disadvantages of each technology and validating its effects.
Another of Clean Interiors’ research lines is the development of solutions for the sterilisation of surfaces inside the car.
All research and developments are being carried out in collaboration with agencies specialising in the technologies involved and in the biological and health fields.