solutions for research infrastructure

accelerated knowledge creation and transfer

Creating and transferring knowledge in the 21st century

The always-on digital world has facilitated the transfer of knowledge and technology, opening the door to new forms of partnerships and the key role of technological interface centres. In parallel, advances in human knowledge require more precise and complex scientific research equipment, with high-quality maintenance. ISQ can assist in both areas.

Research infrastructure support solutions

Over recent years, ISQ has been a partner or coordinator in more than 400 R&D projects, in partnership with over 1200 business and academic partners, both within Portugal and overseas.
Among other programs, we participate in IXV (the European Space Agency’s re-entry vehicle), ITER (International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor) and CERN (Large Hadron Collider). We are a Technology Interface Centre.

We have the resources and organisation to participate in consortia and joint projects in a wide range of areas, from the environment to aerospace, as well as in smart cities, sustainability, innovation, energy, the automotive and transport industries, services and infrastructure.

  • Project review based on official standards and regulations
  • Preparation or approval of Inspection and Testing Plans
  • Qualification of personnel and operating methods
  • Manufacturing and assembly monitoring
  • Licensing support

We develop tailor-made solutions for scientific laboratories, ranging from the design to commissioning and validation of facilities and equipment, GMP compliance, development of analytical methods and training, or even outsourcing of laboratory management.

  • Calibration of measuring equipment and systems at all stages of the value chain: extraction, transport, refining, distribution
  • Accredited laboratories and certified technicians, recognised as Notified Bodies and accredited as Sector Inspection Bodies
  • We ensure periodic regulatory inspections of facilities, equipment and processes: HACCP, electricity, gas, noise, vibrations, cold, compressed gases, elevators, telecommunications, electricity, radiation, pollutants, chemical parameters, environmental safety.
  • Network of accredited, fixed and mobile laboratories, ensuring compliance with applicable legislation, standards, directives and codes.
  • Support in processes and programs related to modernization, energy efficiency, circular economy.
  • Support for conversion to the digital world, in terms of physical processes, extended teams, technological solutions and digital marketing areas and presence in digital channels.
  • Training and professional certification of employees and teams, training programs tailored to all aspects of the business
  • Support with quality system creation and management process for the sector’s different applicable areas and ISO standards.

Expertise and comprehensive services for research infrastructure

ISQ’s presence in R&D+i

some of the projects we are involved in

ITER

cs and plasma in tokamak us iter

ITER is under construction in Saint-Paul-lez-Durance (Cadarache), southern France. The buildings and infrastructure required for “First Plasma” are 75% complete and the assembly of the equipment is underway. The first phase is expected to be completed by the end of 2025 with “First Plasma”.

From 2025 onwards, experiments will be conducted with gradual power increases, interspersed with process development periods. Start-up at full power is planned for 2035.

ISQ Teams Assigned


PORTUGAL · Oeiras

1 SEVERAL INSPECTORS CARRY OUT PUNCTUAL INSPECTIONS ON THE VARIOUS F4E SUPPLIERS

SPAIN · F4E (Barcelona)

2 MAGNETS, IN VESSEL, QUALITY TEAM

FRANCE · ITER Site (Cadarache)

3 MAGNETS, QUALITY TEAM, PF COILS

4 CNIM (LA SEYNE SUR MER) – TF COIL

5 ATMOSTAT (PARIS) – IN VESSEL

ITALY · Walter Tosto

6 VACCUM VASSEL, BODY CASSETTE

7 MAGGIAROTTI (MONFALCONI) – VESSEL VACCUM

8 SIMIC (PORTO MARGHERA) — MAGNETS

CERN

For several years an ISQ team monitored the manufacturing and installation of different components, accessories and structures for what is considered one of the largest research projects of our time. Here, it all starts with a “simple” canister of hydrogen — “The Bottle to Bang”.

ESA

Over the last few years, ISQ and ESA have been partners in several projects, in particular the recent assessment of the availability and suitability of surface treatments as an alternative to those containing hexavalent chromium.

CNES / ARIANESPACE – KOUROU

A team has been part of the quality assurance service since 2003, working in the areas of Soil Quality, Fluids and Mechanics, Safety, Onboard Quality and Satellites. Yet again, hydrogen functions here as the fuel for the main stage of Ariane 5.

ESO

ISQ’s current participation in the ELT (Extremely Large Telescope) project consists of maintaining a team at Quality Assurance in Garching (Munich), the ESO’s headquarters. The main mirror of the ELT will have a diameter of 39 metres, made up of 798 segments. The telescope will be the largest ever built and will be installed at Cerro Armazones, near Paranal, Chile.

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