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AVS developed a new robot to posi-
tion those fiber planes and divide the focal
plane into eight thousand points of focus. The
AVS solution improves on a similar technology developed
at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. AVS will be working
with Berkeley Lab to present the new system to the U.S. Depart-
ment of Energy in the fall to apply for funding.
Fractal, which was founded by Marisa Vargas, a former uni-
versity professor, first consulted for the large telescope on Gran
Canaria, the Gran Telescopio de Canarias (GranTeCan), heading a
group in charge of some of the project’s instrumentation. Vargas
formed the company because, as she explains, “there aren’t big
multidisciplinary engineering groups within universities that can
make [the] complex instrumentation needed for science.” Frac-
tal builds bridges between scientists and engineers by assisting
in converting scientific ideas into useful machines. In one of its
latest projects, Fractal is working with a university in Madrid on
the management and design of spectrographs (through which
light is split into different wavelengths), proposed for the GranT-
One main concern in manufacturing for such large, expensive
facilities is the durability of materials. Cryobest has mastered a
technique whereby components are treated at cryogenic tem-
-180 ̊C—that alter the crystal structure of metals
to increase wear resistance, stability, toughness, and conductivity.
This technique is unusual in that it involves multiple stages of
dipping below -180 ̊C, instead of a one-time multiday cryogenic
freeze. “This process is more efficient; you can achieve the same
or better results in 12, 13 hours instead of 20 to 30 hours,” says
Luis Angel Alava, president and CEO of the company. Cryobest
used this technique to treat large aluminum components known
as optical beds for an ESA telescope launched last year.
Cadinox, a family company founded in 1956 that does welding
and machining for industrial processes, began working on local
Spanish scientific research projects, then expanded into larger scien-
tific installations. “We use advanced processes for cutting raw mate-
ineusTar was founded in March, 2010 to promote companies involved in scientific research facilities. “collaboration, alli-
ances, continuous innovation and a hunger for excellence are the driving forces of the new organization,” states francisco
Javier cáceres, international technology expert and one of ineusTar’s founders, together with the spanish innovation
agency gipuzkoa Berritzen-innobasque.
Miguel angel carreras, ceo of added value solutions (avs) and ineusTar’s first director, points out that the scientific
research sector is a multibillion dollar industry, with projects that span continents and last for many years. it offers span-
ish companies the opportunity to work on the frontiers of science and technology and to develop systems that could
eventually provide an advantage in the commercial market.
What’s the role of INEUSTAR for companies in the scientific industry?
Carrera: ineusTar is meant to be a tool for companies and scientists to get acquainted with each other. companies have
to understand what will be needed in the scientific industry, and researchers need a map of companies and their capabilities.
The organization is intended to help scientists choose the best options in spanish industry, and to help spanish companies
choose the most promising research projects.
ineusTar is also working alongside the spanish government, which contributes to major scientific facilities. These
projects demand collaboration among many countries, and this can take the form of either cash or in-kind donations. But
to give in-kind donations, a country has to have an industry that is prepared to meet the needs of top research facilities.
so the aim of ineusTar is to help the government prepare companies for both the medium and long term to provide
ser vices at the top technological levels.
spain has a significant tradition in industry, and spanish companies and industries have been quick to change from one
technology to another as demands change. for instance, spain formerly was one of the biggest players in building ships
and boats.This industry has since closed, and now companies are providing technology for aeronautics and the aerospace
industry. and they’re developing new technologies to meet the needs of the most advanced international scientific centers.
Read complete interview at www.technologyreview.com/spain/ios
an interview with Miguel angel carrera,
director of the spanish association for the industry of science (ineusTar)
10/7/2010 5:41:22 PM
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