Rua Dr. Roberto Frias, Campus da FEUP
INEGI- INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND INNOVATION IN MECHANICAL AND INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING is an industry-oriented Research and Technology Organization (RTO) with an organizational structure based on three pillars of activity: research with applied focus, innovation and technology transfer and consulting and advanced engineering services.
The research activity covers the areas of:
- Advanced production processes
- Experimental mechanics
- Applied mechanics
- New materials
- Development of new products and systems
The research infrastructure includes a broad set of well-equipped laboratories and an extensive engineering tools base for supporting its R&D activity as well as the production of industrial or commercial prototypes.
With a workforce of 220 employees, INEGI is a Non-profit Private association with a turnover of 8.0 million euros. More than 55% of this turnover comes from R&D and innovation projects funded by the industry. In addition, a strong collaboration (over 100 collaborators) is maintained with the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto (FEUP), particularly with the departments of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management.
INEGI is considered one of the most effective national RTO in transforming R&D investment in economic and social value. That is completely aligned with the mission defined by INEGI that consists in the contribution toward the development of industry and the economy in general, through scientific and technology-based innovation, while ensuring the personal and professional development of employees and the enrichment of higher education.
INEGI has active presence in the main European and National technology platforms and initiatives related with materials, manufacturing technologies and transports (see link below). Furthermore, INEGI has contributed to the definition of R&D&I priorities at European or national level, including the RIS3-NORTE strategy. INEGI is also present in other national and international expert panels, consulting committees, groups and societies, sectorial industry clusters (automotive, aeronautics, tooling, additive manufacturing, sea economy and energy (see link below).
INEGI has a very complete set of resources to support their activity, particularly for laboratories to carry out experimental work, workshops for development of components and pre-series and a comprehensive set of tools to support engineering activity such as CAD 3D (Computer Aided Design), CAE (Computer Aided Engineering), structural simulation tools, IDEAS, COSMOS and ABAQUS, casting processes, simulation, polymer injection, CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) and state of the art tools to work in wind energy, flow simulation of atmospheric and geographic information systems.
The responsiveness of INEGI, in developing solutions for the industry, is supported on a wide range of skills related to the field of Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and innovation of products and processes. INEGI often forms partnerships with other R&I institutions in terms of expertise. In its relationship with companies, normally project teams are formed with the participation of company staff in order to maximize the transfer and enhancement of knowledge.
The Institute has a cross-cutting intervention covering a wide range of industries. However, there are some sectors where INEGI has had a more significant impact and that are considered strategic for the development of the economic fabric. These sectors include: ENERGY, METALWORKING, PRODUCTION SYSTEMS, TRANSPORT, AERONAUTICS, SPACE AND DEFENCE, SEA ECONOMY, ENVIRONMENT, PUBLIC SECTOR, SERVICES SECTOR and HEALTH.
The Services provided are:
- Rapid Prototyping
- Characterisation of Materials and Structures
- Vibration and Noise Analysis
- Environmental Characterisation
- Lubricating Analysis
- Clean Room (10K – ISO7)
- Behaviour of Materials to Smoke and Fire