EU-funded tech center promises multiple services for R&D projects

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ISTANBUL-Anadolu Agency

A new high-tech development and design center established at Karatay University in central Turkey with EU funds promises prototyping, validation and testing processes in research and development projects ( R&D) of the production industry.

Based on demand analysis studies conducted by the university, the Smart Technologies Design Development and Prototyping Center (STEDEC) project in Konya was prepared to fill the gaps of manufacturers in the production of agricultural machinery equipped with technologies smart, project manager Baris Samim NesimioÄŸlu told Anadolu agency.

“Our region still fails to produce agricultural machinery equipped with smart technologies compatible with precision agriculture developed with the use of satellite positioning data made available to civilians at the end of the 90s and the agriculture 4.0 platform. that we started talking about in the 2010s, “he said. mentionned.

The academics of the school identified the biggest shortcomings of manufacturers in the production of this type of equipment, came up with solutions one by one and turned the suggestions into a draft, which was presented to the EU to make from Konya a large center, and the university qualified for 5 €. million ($ 6 million) of EU funds for the project, he said.

Addressing the capabilities of the center, he said, “I can divide the core capabilities of our center into prototyping and validation testing. Here, I can further divide our prototyping capabilities into two mechanical and electronic subcategories.

The center has three-dimensional technological printers capable of producing plastic and metal prints with the same mechanical properties as reality from very different materials.

In terms of electronic prototyping, the center has all the devices in the PCB (Printed Circuit Board) range and can produce all electronic printed circuits from idea to prototype.

On the validation testing side, the center has precision measuring devices such as a 50 GHz frequency signal spectrum analyzer and vector network analyzer, and an echo-free – or anechoic – chamber to perform tests. electromagnetic compatibility of electronic equipment.

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Saying that there are some valuable centers in Turkey that provide one of the services, NesimioÄŸlu said that there is no other center that holistically offers all these prototyping, testing and verification services that you might need in a research and development project.

“So, with this center of ours, we promise first to the Konya region and then to all of Turkey a center where they can receive services at several interactive points with more than one component coexisting”, a- he declared.

The objectives of the center, he said, are to become a nationally renowned center which has accomplished certain tasks in Turkey and established a mentality and to be one of the main centers in the field of research and development.

“Our longer term goal is to be a center that manages international projects, as long as we have some success and ensure our financial viability, what we’re really going to do here is increase the capacity of this place.

“So, either we will increase the number of these devices after certain achievements according to the demand, or we will strive to continually improve our equipment fleet in order to meet the demand or if we have demands which we cannot. respond, “he said. .

NesimioÄŸlu also said that even the main focus of the center is agricultural machinery, its door is open to the entire production industry.

“We are going to be more than an R&D center in the field of agricultural machinery, we have created this center to transform agricultural machinery, to launch another era in terms of production of equipment related to agriculture 4.0”, a he declared.

“But, when our producers in other production trades need a solution partner or a service provider or other needs in research and development projects, we will do our best to be by their side until the end. “

NesimioÄŸlu stressed that the funds will be used not only to purchase devices, but for operational activities and studies.

He said the university will also contribute to the center with nearly € 1 million in funds ($ 1.18 million) and that the center will interact with faculties at the university.

“Our postgraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students will be included in industrial and R&D projects and will be more qualified,” he said. “We will use our human source in each project, we will integrate our students and their thesis into our R&D projects.”

Konya Karatay University was established in 2009 by the Konya Chamber of Commerce in central Konya province.


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