QUALITEC TECNHOLOGY AND DESIGN AWARD: BIQUADRO THE WINNER

17th edition for the Technology section and 11th for the Qualitec Design: the Biquadro Marine division wins both sections for the merits of the proposal. Two special mentions, one to GURIT - Resintex and one to Superfici.

3 April 2019

The exhibitors were given their awards for best product in terms of technology and design “live” during Seatec-Compotec. The jury, who viewed the entries and examined them during the first day of the fair, decided to assign both awards to Biquadro Divisione Marine due to the “value and merits of the proposal” as recorded by the Jury composed of the Chair Eng. Paolo Sifoni and architects Marco Amadio and Angelo Colombo.

Here is the complete statement by the jury for SAFETYFIX Systems, that is the innovative fixing system presented by Biquadro: “Occasionally, an object, a solution, a seemingly “minimal” idea, although very simple (and may well be called obvious, but only after it has been presented) suddenly materialises like a light, bringing a concrete improvement, a real simplification, a practical solution and one that is elegant in its minimalism to a series of practical problems in nautical and naval fittings.”

This is the case of the fixing system for ceiling panels that was presented at this edition of the Qualitec Award.
The SAFETYFIX System proposes, with a series of small but significant improvements and adjustments, the installation and suspension system for recessed spotlights that we have seen thousands of times everywhere, with the use of a fixing bracket to the back panel and a spring (galvanized or stainless steel, depending on the specific application) that will keep the coupling tension and even recover any consequences of violent vertical accelerations.  The spring terminals, conveniently curled, act as a safety anti-fall lock, while the spring itself acts as a hinge when the panel is removed for maintenance.  The plastic brackets are already made to conveniently mark (with a small marking spike) the hole points with a crown bit and are marked around the perimeter to facilitate positioning.

Even if the sides or the corners of the structural supports or of the adjacent bulkheads should prevent the natural opening of both horns of the spring, the system works perfectly because only one arm of the spring needs to be open to ensure correct fixing (obviously with the retention power reduced, but it is enough to install a second support in the immediate vicinity to solve the specific installation).  The retention power (withdrawal force) is significant and amply guarantees the support of panels, also of significant weight.   Even with repeated disassembly and reassembly, this type of coupling does not lose its effectiveness or its stability or safety.” 

It is no coincidence that this solution, with its strike of genius, disarming simplicity and obvious absolute practicality, was studied and engineered by a technician who is actually an installer by trade, and is therefore faced with the daily problems of adjustment, speed and accuracy of on-board ceiling assembly.”

The Jury therefore decided to give both the QUALITEC award to this product for the technology part and the Design award for the value and merits of the proposal. 

Two other products for the Technology section were given special mentions: AMPRO BIO Multi Purpose Epoxy System by the exhibitor GURIT – Resintex with the following motivation:

led GURIT – Resintex to present this new epoxy resin, already ready for applications such as traditional lamination, adhesives, grouting and filling, coating and painting, introducing a solution on the market with a drastic reduction of pollutants released into the environment.

The result obtained from the research carried out by the company is a resin with the same mechanical qualities as common resins on the market, but using 40% bio-based materials, which means that it already meets the environmental requirements that are due to be imposed in the immediate future.   The product is therefore worthy of mention for the reduced environmental impact which is also a health benefit for the personnel working with this resin.    This resin also has another characteristic that makes it unique thanks to the presence of an additive visible to UV rays, which makes it possible, through special lighting, to identify all the resinous residues of processing outside the application field.  Already on the market and at a price similar to that of other resins commonly used in the nautical and naval sector.”

Finally, a special mention to the 3D Printed Cockpit by the company Superfici Srl with this motivation: We believe that the production process presented by the company “Superfici” is among the first concrete innovative proposals of “3D printing” for the nautical sector. 
“Although the technology is widespread and emptying solid surfaces using a honeycomb (Nomex type) is already applied in the analysis process by the software itself, the work done by this design team has developed the entire production process starting from the design to the finished product. 
Starting from the product engineering phase or from the existing mathematics developed by them, by inserting all the complements and wiring inside it they have developed the finished process that consists of a defined and very complicated if not irreplicable object with traditional models and moulds technology.   The road to the direct printing of a boat is still a long way off but these young companies are increasingly achieving the dream of making boating a more standardised engineering process that reduces costs and brings more users closer to this world which is so near yet so far due to costs and management issues”.