The planned technology transfer center Analytics with Neutrons and X-Rays for Advanced Manufacturing (ANAXAM) will bridge the gap between research and industrial production, the State Chancellery of the canton of Aargau explained in a press release. At the core of ANAXAM are the neutron and X-ray analytics developed by the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI). According to the press release, these can be applied to many areas of advanced manufacturing, to improve rail insulators or highly complex material analyses, for example.
The development of advanced production techniques is vital in Switzerland in general and especially “in the area of Aargau with its strong industrial sector” the State Chancellery reported. The PSI is “a global leader in conducting research” in the field of neutron and X-ray analytics. The PSI, the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW), Swiss Nanoscience (SNI) and the canton of Aargau now intend to exploit this potential.
In the context of its digitalization action plan, the federal government is backing the creation and networking of technology transfer centers for advanced manufacturing. The relevant element of this program relates to the establishment and networking of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Transfer Centers (AM-TTCs). The association founded to support the ANAXAM project was one of nine candidates that applied to become an AM-TTC. In addition to the institutions mentioned above, the supporting association encompasses a number of companies, including Dectris, SpectraFlow Analytics, URMA and ABB.