Claus Hämmerle and Klaus BrüstleOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/29
These two Austrian inventors developed a damper system that facilitates the soft closing of furniture doors, drawers and wall cabinets. Derived from the suspension of an automobile and protected by numerous patents, 'Blumotion' is enjoying enormous market success worldwide and has become an industry standard in the field, with Austrian manufacturer Julius Blum exporting 96% of its products.
Jose Luis López GómezOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/29
The inventions of this Spanish railway engineer have made high-speed rail travel safer and more comfortable. He created a new method of ensuring a train’s wheels safely on track and keep their optimal position on the rails at all times, especially in mountainous regions, and allows trains to travel 30% faster when going though curving stretches. His inventions propelled the company Patentes Talgo into one of the top spots among manufacturers of high-speed trains worldwide.
António Velez Marques, Helena Pereira, Rui Reis, Susana SilvaOnline since: 2013/04/09 - Last update: 2013/05/28
This team of researchers (PT) at Amorim Group, the world's leading producer and distributor of cork products, has developed an efficient and environmentally-friendly method to maximise cork’s volume in order to attain significantly greater yields from the harvested material. Using only microwaves and water, it is the first technique of its kind that doesn’t require sophisticated machinery or use any harmful chemicals.