Hilde Krikor

Sirris investigated the quality habits of Belgian tech companies at the end of 2020. The survey shows that quality control is highly valued by many, but also that some others can still make great strides. For example, almost half of the companies surveyed do not make use of the potential of additional quality tests.

 

Guy Claus

Industrial knives are used for many processes. Their service life highly depends on the application they are used for. At the request of and with the necessary input from companies, the QualiKnife COOCK project, which aims to improve the quality and service life of industrial knives, was launched this year. We’ll be looking at some of the relevant parameters. In this second article wel will dig deeper into the heat treatments on knife steel, to make it suitable for all kinds of applications.

Guy Claus

Industrial knives are used for many processes. Their service life highly depends on the application they are used for. At the request of and with the necessary input from companies, the QualiKnife COOCK project, which aims to improve the quality and service life of industrial knives, was launched this year. We’ll be looking at some of the relevant parameters. The first article of the series will discuss the first aspect: the material selection for the blades.

Guy Claus

The European conference ECHT2021 on heat treatment was recently held online and was entirely dedicated to distortion engineering. Dimensional change and distortion are inevitably associated with the heat treatment of metal, and attention is still required for this in industrial practice. A look back at the online event.

Kurt Beghyn

Sirris recently provided a training course for Atlas Copco employees to optimise their knowledge of foundry technology.

Thomas Kairet

Within a European project, Sirris is responsible for the production (through additive manufacturing) and testing of samples. In this context we have been developing copper and copper alloys on our electron beam melting machine.

Jeroen Tacq

In the INSIDE Metal AM project Sirris, CRM and BIL investigated the technological and economical feasibility of 3D printing with steel. Next to understanding all the opportunities for redesign and added value, there are also economical and technical questions to be answered. It was the goal of the INSIDE Metal AM project to provide a foothold for Belgian companies considering the use of 3D printing with steel. The most important conclusions from this project have now been summarised in a white paper, free to download.

Patrick Cosemans

In recent years, efficient alternatives for hard chrome applications have been sought. An urgent need, as the deposition process for hard chrome uses chromium trioxide, which is toxic and carcinogenic, and therefore subject to heavy regulation. It will be banned in the short term for various applications. Although there are alternatives, they do not necessarily meet the desired specifications or may require major modifications to the production facilities. An ongoing research project explores three ways for developing alternative coating technologies and materials.

Guy Claus

The DCT4Cut project investigated the benefits of heat treatment with deep cryogenic heat treatment and the use of special coatings for the service life of complex punching tools. Four different types of cold work steel were  studied by Sirris andthe Fraunhofer institute.

Setareh Gorji Ghalamestani

Qualify project partners Sirris and Damen are performing a market study on the application of adhesive bonding in offshore and marine sectors. The study gives an overview of the current state of the application of adhesive bonding in various sectors, focuses on the challenges and advantages of technology in offshore harsh environments and presents several case studies showing successfully performed industrial projects. You can receive it by helping us!