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MAShES Project integrates a very good and balanced consortium mix of RTO/Universities, high-tech SMEs companies belonging to the different knowledge areas and Large Enterprises (LE) from 7 different European countries.

AIMEN Technology Centre

AIMEN (Coordinator) is a Non Profit association constituted by 110 companies, which supplies technological support to more than 400 companies dedicated to industrial or commercial activity related to metallurgy, automotive sector, civil construction, mechanics, shipbuilding, chemicals, foundry, machinery, ceramics, food, cement, wood and its derivates, plastics, engineering, assembly and others. AIMEN promotes and undertakes research, as well as improves design, simulation and joining technologies.

AIMEN has experience in R&D collaborative projects managing several National and European projects dealing with Real-Time process control, robotics, hardware design, software processing, and laser processing.


With more than 250 employees and 10,000m² of usable floor space the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) is world-wide one of the most important development and contract research institutes of its specific field. The activities cover a wide range of areas such as the development of new laser beam sources and components, the use of modern laser measurement and testing technology and laser-supported manufacturing. This includes for example laser cutting, caving, drilling, welding and soldering as well as surface treatment, micro-processing and rapid prototyping. Furthermore, the Fraunhofer ILT is engaged in laser plant technology and process control as well as the entire system technology.


Onera is the French National Aerospace Research Centre. It is a public research establishment with eight major facilities in France and about 2,000 employees, including 1,500 scientists, engineers and technicians. Onera was originally created by the French government in 1946.

Its research is keyed to applications. Whether the research has short, medium or long-term goals, it is designed to support the competitiveness and creativity of the aerospace and defence industries. The research carried out at Onera results in computation codes, methods, tools, technologies, materials and other products and services which are used to design and manufacture everything to do with aerospace.


The Laboratory for Manufacturing Systems and Automation (LMS) of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics, in the University of Patras, Greece, is oriented on research and development in cutting edge scientific and technological fields. LMS employs approximately 70 researchers organised in three different groups focusing on Manufacturing Processes Modelling and Energy Efficiency, Robots, Automation and Virtual Reality in Manufacturing and Manufacturing Systems.

LMS has significant experience in the area of Production Systems Planning, Control and Networking, focused on the development, software implementation and use of advanced tools based on Artificial Intelligence methods for production systems planning & control and for the development of intelligent Internet based applications addressing the enterprise-wide business activities.


NIT is a SME which core business is manufacturing and commercializing uncooled detectors and systems in the Medium Wave IR (MWIR/1-5 microns). At time being NIT is the only company in the world able to manufacture uncooled/low cost MWIR imaging FPAs and systems with extended response from 1 – 5 microns.

The line of products of the company is based on self-designed, self-produced single element detectors, linear arrays and imaging FPAs. NIT also design and manufacture customized detectors, sensors and systems (including OEM modules) to adapt its standard products to customer’s solutions. NIT imagers are suitable for monitoring in real time/in line dynamics processes to a cost compatible with most industrial requirements.


Founded in 1978, PRIMA ELECTRONICS, now PRIMA ELECTRO, designs, produces and sales dedicated industrial electronics named DOTS (Dedicated Off-The-Shelf)®. It is today the first Italian manufacturer of numerical controls.

One of the main areas is the laser source development and manufacturing. The expertise of Prima Electro is in the field of CO2 and solid state laser. They are specialized in Optoelectronics parts assembly for laser sources and they performed in 2011 the collaboration with the Polytechnic of Turin in order to study and to develop new architecture of laser sources into a public private lab.

Permanova Lasersystem AB (PERMANOVA)

Permanova Lasersystem AB has been offering laser based solutions to customers worldwide and it is spending a considerable amount of its turnover in R&D. It develops new process tools that really are at the frontline of technology and create new system solutions based on these process tools that are on top technology level.

It has delivered laser process tools and turnkey laser systems to the industry for more than 20 years. When it designs and produces its laser process tools and systems, it always keeps in mind that these products should be able to run in an automotive factory. Most of its tools and systems have been delivered to car producers and fulfill the high demands on function and uptime that these customers have.


EMO - Orodjarna is one of the leading Slovenian SME tool and die producers with more than 170 employees, most of which are highly experienced and well educated in the field of high tech tool production. EMO has specialized in project development, design, production, service, test and marketing of high quality tools and dies for sheet metal processing. The core business is especially in connection with the automotive sector and the aerospace industry with the development of transfer tools for sheet and metal reshaping.

The team at EMO, invested a lot of effort in research and development over the last years, which is extremely important to increase the efficiency and reliability of important part in tool manufacturing. EMO has its own research and design team with more than 27 researchers.


Centro Ricerche FIAT S.C.p.A. (CRF) was established in 1978 to enable the innovation, research and development needs of the FIAT Group to be satisfied. With a full-time workforce of more than 950 highly trained professionals, CRF offers a wide range of technical competencies and is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratories for the testing of powertrains, electro-magnetic compatibility, experimental noise and vibration analysis, driving simulation and virtual reality, in addition to facilities for the development of new materials and manufacturing processes, optoelectronics and micro-technologies.

The mission of CRF is the development and transferring of innovative systems & features, materials, processes and methodologies in order to improve the competitiveness of Fiat & Chrysler products.

Sill Optics GmbH & Co. KG (SILL)

Sill Optics is a medium sized enterprise, producing optical components. It currently employs 170 persons, 135 of them (including 20 apprentices) manufacture and assemble precision lenses and mounts. 50% of these employees are skilled technicians for professionally dealing with fine optics, fine mechanics or special tools. Additional qualified technicians check the quality of our lenses after final handling on a 100% level.

Sill Optics offers laser optics for various applications. The bandwidth of our laser optics covers the range from 193 nm to 10.6 µm for different laser types from continuous wave lasers to ultra short pulse lasers in the femto-second region.


CNRS is the largest fundamental research organization in Europe, with over 34,000 employees and 1256 research units covering all fields of research. International and European cooperation is a core activity at CNRS. Therefore, it encourages collaboration projects and provides a strong administrative support to such projects, with dedicated staff on financial, legal, and administrative issues.


Bit Addict is a software development company mainly focusing on software development with a close tie to machines and hardware in industrial applications. Bit Addict has extensive experience in developing critical industrial software applications, both from the industry in general and also from the laser processing industry specifically. Solutions developed by Bit Addict are running in factories 24/7 around the world.