ProPAT, one of the most significant projects within the framework of EU R&D funding for the improvement of production processes, is coordinated by the Spanish SME, IRIS.

Barcelona. SEPTEMBER 2014.

IRIS, a Barcelona-based technology and solutions provider, will lead the ProPAT project, funded by the European Commission within the framework of SPIRE-1 Integrated Process Control (Horizon 2020).

The only SPIRE-1 project coordinated by a Spanish company has been ranked second place following the expert evaluation process, and is one of four Research and Innovation projects that will finally receive funding out of a total of 67 bids presented. SPIRE is a contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) dedicated to ensuring the development of enabling technologies and best practices along all the stages of large scale existing value chain productions that will contribute to a resource efficient and competitive European process industry.

The ProPAT consortium is formed by a team of high profile industry and academic players with such international enterprises as the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmith Klein, and research centres of renown such as the Institute of Photonic Science, ICFO, from Spain or the VTT Research Centre of Finland. A total of 16 European partners, under the leadership of IRIS, the only SME to be coordinating a SPIRE project, will over the coming four years develop novel sensors and analysers for providing measurements on composition, particle size and local bulk properties, as well as other process parameters for online and real-time monitoring during the entire production process.