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Aspects to be considered when making innovation out of promising research results in surface technology
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden, Safety and Transport, Electronics. Jönköping University, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7095-1907
RISE - Research Institutes of Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Transactions of the Institute of Metal Finishing, ISSN 0020-2967, E-ISSN 1745-9192, Vol. 97, no 2, p. 67-72Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In the eyes of industrialists, scientists often exaggerate the economic potential of their findings. The industrialists know that developing a new technology to production is associated with uncertainty and risks. To elucidate the challenges faced by the surface treatment industry, this paper discusses aspects that should be considered when making innovation out of promising research results. The Technology Readiness Level (TRL) metric for assessing maturity of a technology is discussed and exemplified. Additional risks of fluid character such as legislation, price of raw material and customer expectations are also discussed. Even though, the subject is of general relevance, the present discussion refers to surface technology and examples are given from copper plating of printed circuit boards, and durable and cost-efficient coatings on electrical connectors.

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2019. Vol. 97, no 2, p. 67-72
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Electric connectors, Printed circuit boards, Cost-efficient, Customer expectation, Economic potentials, Electrical connectors, Research results, Surface technology, Technology readiness levels, Uncertainty and risks, Surface treatment
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ri:diva-38220DOI: 10.1080/00202967.2019.1561984Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85062337067OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ri-38220DiVA, id: diva2:1300744
Available from: 2019-03-29 Created: 2019-03-29 Last updated: 2019-04-01Bibliographically approved

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