In its ongoing efforts to improve, innovate and grow, Torrent Group and the university of Cádiz have begun to work together in order to improve the production process of stoppers and caps. Their objective is to make a product adjusted to customer requirements, reducing production costs with quality materials and new techniques, and minimizing the CO2 footprint in the environment caused by industrial manufacturing.
Torrent Group and the UCA (University of Cádiz) are therefore developing a series of ways to collaborate with the Doctor in Engineering and Industrial Design, Miguel Suffo, and the Professor in Materials Science and Metallic Engineering, Sergio Molina. They are the liaison between this public university and the company.
The company and the university have signed a framework agreement for technology transfer through which Torrent Group researchers and engineers socialize the knowledge obtained and apply it in a practical way to companies, therefore providing economic benefits for the province. Society will also benefit from these collaboration agreements. Torrent Group offers the possibility to undergraduate and master students to carry out their final Degree and master’s degree projects in the company and to be able to apply what they have learned theoretically in a practical manner.
This collaboration focuses on the development of a product adjusted to customer requirements, reducing production costs with quality materials and new techniques, and minimizing the CO2 footprint in the environment caused by industrial manufacturing. For this, a new system will be used through 3D printers, which will significantly accelerate the design and manufacturing times for this prototypes.
In recent years, the university of Cádiz has significantly turned towards for 3D printing technologies, with the creation in 2016 of the Additive Manufacturing Division within its Scientific and Technological Research Central Services. (http://sccyt.uca.es/es/divisiones.php).
Torrent Group is the world’s leading manufacturer for Extra Virgin Olive Oil stoppers; the second for non-refillable and safety stoppers, and an international leader in screw caps for still and fortified wines. Since the 1920s, this business group has been growing and improving its product, offering its customers different alternatives. This has led it to making a remarkable effort in R & D & I in recent years. The design, decoration, the development of more ecological and efficient processes, patents and launches of models that are revolutionary in terms of innovation (V90, V92, Sintra, Nip-top, Nip-top Plus, Olea Plus, Capceló, Captor), and the application of cost reduction or new protection systems to prevent counterfeiting have been part of the work done in this regard at Torrent Group.