How do you (re)design products in composites made of fibre-reinforced plastic? This course, which takes place on 6 and 7 May 2019, focuses on making the right choice of materials, structural design, knowledge of the possible production processes and the way of assessing the manufactured product.

On 16 January the workshop on recycling composites from mixed waste streams of yachts and boats took place. During this interactive work session participants could share their experience on and expectations for recycling these vessels.

How will composite materials support the future of mobility and what can we learn from current trends and innovations? These were questions the Symposium 'Composites in Sustainable Mobility' in Ghent on 30 January aimed to give an answer to.

To support competitiveness of the European pressure equipment (PE) industry, the European Pressure Equipment Research Council (EPERC) launches its first International Conference on 'Pressure Equipment Innovation and Safety'. This conference will take place in Rome, 1-3 April.

Because a short lead time is also essential in the services provided by Sirris, we examined our own operations to see if we could improve and reduce our lead times. To this end we called on our own expertise in quick response manufacturing (QRM).

Testing is essential to guarantee continuous quality to your customer. However, you have to make sure the test results are reliable and correct. Standards are constantly increasing. And Sirris is more than aware of that. That is why we want to expand our network of accredited quality tests. An accreditation according to ISO 17025 offers much more security, also as an extra check for those who have their own test lab.

On 25 October 2018, the IBN Cluster ‘Innovatieve Coatings’ organised, in collaboration with the IBN Cluster ‘Offshore Energy’, a workshop and matchmaking event on ‘Coating Solutions for Corrosion Protection’ at the university campus of Diepenbeek.

The choice for either textures or coatings depends greatly on the desired function, application and production process requirements (batch vs. in-line). The general outlook is that increasingly advanced functionalities thanks to either coatings, textures or a combination of both will be developed, and in such a manner that their application will be economically feasible.

As part of a smart phone relay antenna project, Sirris has been entrusted with the design and dimensioning of the support of the radiators, choice of materials, study of the connection problems and production of the demonstrators.

Sirris is studying the use of natural fibre composites under different aspects: moulding, assembly, quality control. The results are very interesting.