The SPRAY project will demonstrate the feasibility of a new system based on an innovative water inlet, which allows to directly spray fresh water into the center of the laundry.
A second water path, as today conventional washer have, still provides a means to enter the detergent into the wash process conventionally, thus maintaining the same washing performances.
Compared with the best technologies present on the market, the SPRAY solution will be unique in keeping the same customer satisfaction on wash and rinse performances, while reducing at the same time the water consumption significantly, as well as energy. For a typical household, this will result in such an annual water reduction per year, a potential water saving of approx 400 Mln m3 in EU can be expected.
The Overall Objectives of the project are:
- To demonstrate to the market the technical and economical feasibility of the application of the SPRAY technology for a consistent water reduction in household appliances;
- To confirm and set up the best production process for the solution proposed, in terms of performances, energy consumption, resources utilization, environmental impacts;
- To ensure the most effective introduction of the innovative SPRAY solution into the target markets, through the development of a complete business plan, exploitation and dissemination activity.
Work plan for the next period:
Planned activities in the next period
Activities for the next period are the results of the additional requirements of capacity and bigger door on the project as well as the execution of the initial plan.
After fine tuning of the project plans the activities are:
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a) Process monitoring
Modification on process monitoring SW for flow rate variation
b) Design adjustment
Impacted component from door opening are mainly nozzle and nozzle location
Additional design adjustments are done based on transport and noise simulation for the re-circulation pump
c) Prototype builds
Involvement and optimization of manufacturing process
Enabling performance testing on prototype
Performance evaluation with modified nozzle and pump design to ensure the water and energy savings will be met
Performance optimization for foam and rinse performance
e) CUFT / EFT
Field-test to better understand customer needs
f) Range definition and market introduction preparation
Definition of product range
Definition of market launches
g) Production tools
Release production tools
h) Performance testing / part release
Final performance testing and tool / component release
Mid-Term SPRAY conference on October 29th at Ville Ponti – Varese (Italy)