Hyperspectral imaging (HSI) can be used as a fast and non-contact tool for quality inspection or condition assessment of material/product surfaces. The application domain of HSI is very broad. Examples of possible use-cases are the autonomous detection of corrosion and determining the condition of coatings.

To guarantee the quality of both the materials and components of automotive batteries over the entire product life cycle, and avoid unforeseen costs, Accumalux opts for extensive testing.

Alpinter is a specialist in the development and production of tents and relief goods for humanitarian purposes. As the tents are often intended for areas with demanding climatic conditions, Alpinter applies a policy of continuous and proactive quality testing of its end products. During the development of a new, high performance multifunctionaL tent, the aluminium alloy for the frame was subjected to extensive tests.

New trends such as circular construction and ecological construction have ensured that novel materials have found their way into the construction sector. The use of renewable raw materials and nature-based building materials forms an integral part of this. A status report, with some examples of materials and initiatives.

In any kind of industry where water meets steel, corrosion is an underestimated threat - and a very expensive one too: corrosion costs for the European region alone amount to 500 billion euro, according to a DNV-GL report. However, there is no generally accepted approach which is followed in the industry to assess the risk of corrosion and use this for smart corrosion management.

The scope of the European Pressure Equipment Research Council (EPERC) is to promote discussions among all the interested parties on subjects for which the theoretical approach is not yet ready for the definition of a European standard, asking for the support of the European Commission in case research activities are deemed necessary to arrive at a reasonable solution.

Sirris has developed a technique for drying oven forming of thermoplastic composite materials that saves nearly 60% in energy consumption.

Amid the current corona pandemic, the prevention of infections is a hot topic. The European AMiCI ePlatform network, in which Sirris is also involved, aims to accelerate the knowledge building in relation to new antimicrobial surfaces as a tool in the fight against resistant bacteria that are becoming an increasingly strong enemy in hospitals. In order to introduce the knowledge gained to the market, this project will now be followed up with an ePlatform for a test bed tool across the EU, for antimicrobial coating solutions in healthcare that will be launched on the market.

Even in these corona times, our employees are at your service, both from home and at our various sites. This means that our labs are operating and we continue to test for you!

From 30 November to 2 December, VWT, in collaboration with A3TS, is organising a three-day conference on carburizing, carbonitriding and carbon-based surface layers in Antwerp. (is new date for postponed March edition due to corona crisis)