Industrial blades are used for many different processes. Their service life depends to a great extent on the application. A new COOCK project aims to offer a solution by studying the crucially important parameters of material, surface treatment and core treatment.

ECHT 2020 took place at the beginning of December. Due to the corona crisis, the conference was held online and not in Antwerp, as originally planned. The three-day conference mainly dealt with topics related to the carbon element in steel, such as carburising, carbonitriding, but also surface layers such as DLC.

In the INSIDE Metal AM project Sirris, CRM and BIL investigated the technological and economical feasibility of 3D printing with steel. Here is a short story about the demonstrator parts that were realised.

Sirris has acquired a new portable X-ray diffraction stress measurement system. The system is unique in Belgium and provides a very powerful tool to measure the quality of all types of parts (cast, forged, machined, etc.) and processes (such as welding, 3D printing, shot peening or heat treatment). Its ability to characterise local stress is key to improve processing conditions.

Products developed for operations in harsh environments can truly benefit from innovation in sustainable design and materials. On 22 October, Sirris organised a webinar focusing on different challenging situations where the right choice in material and design can make or break your product. You can find the presentations in this article.

Products developed for operations in harsh environments can truly benefit from innovation in sustainable design and materials. On 22 October Sirris will organise a webinar focusing on different challenging situations where the right choice in material and design can make or break your product.

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.

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!

DSM - in partnership with other large companies - has developed Dyneema, a bio-based fibre (ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene).

Many drivers opt for light alloy wheels for their car, mainly because of the original design and the tough, sporty look that attracts attention and emphasises the character of the car. But are light alloy wheels not just an attractive accessory? Rio Tinto, one of the world's leading aluminium producers, has recently developed a new revolutionary alloy with interesting properties for the automotive industry.