Femto Engineering (FEMTO) - Italy

FEMTO is a mechanical engineering and manufacturing company of a scope and size able to cater to product design, prototyping, engineering, production equipment design and construction and techno-polymer component production requirements.
FEMTO is an SME at the moment but is in process of acquisition by a Large group (LCI) and will therefore adopt the financial conditions related to large companies in BBI-RIA projects upfront by providing their full budget as in kind contribution.
FEMTO furnishes a global engineering service, working alongside customers and providing support from the initial development phases of a new product up to and including complete industrialisation, with a complete suite of skills and instruments covering the entire development cycle, from the initial design phase to the finished product.
With FEMTO, companies requiring technical and technological operating support can study a new product from the initial aesthetic/functional design phase, simulate its manufacturing processes, construct prototypes, production equipment and produce this in complete continuous and univocal partnership, without fragmentation and with fully coherent methods of operation, all to the advantage of development times and the substantial quality of the product.
Since it was set up in 1995 as an engineering company oriented towards design using state-of-the-art Cad/Cam/Cae instruments, FEMTO has gradually expanded through the setting up of a suite of operating structures able to provide customers with increasingly complete support.
Today, FEMTO is able to follow up the entire development process comprising design, engineering, calculation, model shop, rapid prototyping, design of equipment, construction, tooling and production, in a wide range of application sectors.
FEMTO cooperates with a number of leading manufacturing companies operating in market sectors such as: automotive, transport, household appliances, electro-tools, biomedical, electro-medical, marine, telecommunications, sports equipment, and consumer goods in general.
Investing more than 10% of annual turnover in R&D, FEMTO furnishes not only technical expertise but also innovative machinery and technologies using software and hardware systems able to machine and manage all types of materials with up to concurrent 5-axis controls.
FEMTO’s team has specific expertise in the plastic materials, metalwork construction and composite materials sectors, always based on experience acquired through studies of strictly technical, precision parts and projects in forefront technical environments. FEMTO operates also with our laboratory of electronic microscopy, where we have a Field Emission Scanning Electron Microscope (Zeiss Merlin) able to operate structural, morphologic and chemical characterization of solid materials in a big range of applications.
We are, therefore, able to offer a qualified high-value added service based on substantial completeness of the cooperation furnished.

Main Task

FEMTO will perform plastic conversion, tests with chitosan for packaging, provides specifications and samples of packaging to recover. FEMTO have a good expertise at this level, and in particular in the context of FP7 where it participated with a similar role.
FEMTO have realized numerous applications based on the use of bio-polymers, such us more than 30.000 pieces of ECO PHONE, a cordless device produced for Telecom Italy, pots based on bran and potato fibres with biodegradable polymeric matrices. They will have very important roles in WP1 providing support in setting logistic approaches for plastic collection and handling, based on their experience in plastic production and processing, in WP5, for producing pots, tips and other packaging or agriculture products valorised by chitin/chitosan presence, and in WP6 to refine logistic of RECOVER and to support in data for safety, risk and sustainability analysis,.
FEMTO is able to cover all the stages of development of a new product from conception to realization with his expertise on materials, design and technology applied to production process. With FEMTO is possible to define a new object, a new device and after provide with a complete development, indeed FEMTO has a design department, a mechanical workshop, a prototyping department and a production department, in addition to a microscopy and measurement laboratory certificated.
With his multifunctional team can ensure an integrated management of the entire process reducing overlap between functional steps and the uniqueness information.
Entogreen – Ingredient Odyssey, Lda – Portugal
EntoGreen is the brand for the company Ingredient Odyssey, Lda and is dedicated to the valorization of agroindustrial by-products, with the mission of reducing the nutritional waste that occurs in the value chain, returning the environmental sustainability to the agrifood sector and contributing to the sustainable management and efficient use of natural resources.
The biological system we have developed is based on the principles of circular economics and returns the otherwise lost nutrients to the value chain, giving them a second life in the nutrition of both animals and plants. The link that allows nutrient circularization is the Black Soldier Fly (Hermetia illucens) larvae, an insect that has a large capacity for conversion of organic matter.
Thus, by-products that would otherwise be lost on landfill or composting serve as feed for these larvae, which after about 15 days reach a suitable larval phase to be separated and processed. This process allows the production of three differentiated end products, insect protein concentrate and insect oil (used in animal feed) and organic fertilizer (for plant nutrition). In this way, we reduce food waste by acting at the agricultural producer and processor level.
For their part, these new sources of animal nutrition contribute significantly to the sustainability of animal production in Portugal and in Europe, reducing the importation of other protein sources on which our continent is highly dependent, such as soy and fishmeal. In addition, these new nutritional sources contribute to the sustainability of aquaculture by reducing this sector’s reliance on wild fish catches, and poultry and pig production by reducing the area needed to produce their feed.
On the other hand, the use of organic fertilizers in agricultural soils reduces the dependence on chemical and mineral fertilizers, which contribute to groundwater contamination.
We hope to build a facility capable of converting significant quantities of by-products with a significant regional impact, reducing waste and offering more sustainable, locally produced, alternative nutritional solutions, making local farming nutritionally more independent.
EntoGreen’s plans are to build a unit capable of converting 3000T of plant by-products per month, being able to produce about 750T of organic fertilizer, 214T of insect protein and 42T of insect oil. In addition, this unit will be able to employ over 40 people and will be ideally located in the SantarÈm area (Portugal).
The dedication to this area and the quest to make this sector a reality in Portugal recently led us to create the Portuguese Insect Producers and Transformers Association – Portugal Insect – which is presently chaired by EntoGreen.
Over the years, the excellence and innovation of Entogreen’s work has been recognized, not only through the approval of national and international projects, but also through the awarding of several awards.
Recently the company received 4 awards that should be noted:
– The Entrepreneurship and Innovation Award of Banco CrÈdito AgrÌcola;
– The Born from Knowledge Award from the Portuguese National Agency of Innovation;
– The Agri-Innovation Summit Award;
– Also the European Union INvertebrateIT Project Award, recognizing Entogreen as one of the three most promising startups in the sustainable food field.
Main task
Entogreen will support WP 1 – Agri-plastic waste (AWP) mapping, characterization, collection strategy and pre-treatment, contributing with its expertise on insect. For the WP2 we will cooperate in testing the ability of earthworm, and insects to digest plastic. In WP3, we will support the up-scale production in terms of knowhow on insects, including maintenance/depletion of plastic-degrading capacities in time. For the WP5 we will work on bio-fertilizers, and will transfer to scale up in WP6. We will collaborate in WP7 and WP8.

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