Bitumen, consisting essentially of hydrocarbons and their derivatives, is substantially nonvolatile and softens gradually when heated. It is obtained by refinery processes from petroleum and possesses water proofing and adhesive properties. The primary use of bitumen is in road construction, where it is used as the glue or binder mixed with aggregate particles to create asphalt concrete. Its other main uses are for bituminous (membrane) products, including basement waterproofing membranes and roofing felt for sealing flat roofs. In addition, bitumen is used in other household and industrial applications, from emulsion paints to sound-proofing. Hammer-IMS measurement solutions are suitable for both thickness and basis-weight quality control of flat bitumen material.
Numerous variants of bitumen-related products are used in road and building construction. Oxidized and polymer-modified bituminous membranes are applied for waterproofing of basement walls and floors, to avoid ground water seepage. Roofing felt or roll roofing products are used to construct roofs and protect them years-round. Thermoplastic (single-ply) waterproofing membranes are developed to deliver high thermal insulation, waterproof and airtight construction, and reduced carbon footprint. Typically, waterproofing membrane products come in the form of rolls manufactures.
Quality control is conducted on bitumen-related products to assess a range of characteristics: consistency, durability, gradation, water absorption, viscosity, temperature susceptibility, safety, etc. Also product thickness and basis-weight need to conform with regulatory and market-driven specifications, often between plus and minus 10% of nominal. Hammer-IMS measurement solutions are suitable for thickness and basis-weight quality control of flat bitumen-related material. The measurement systems are non-nuclear in nature and serve as part of inline production lines or offline for sampling or engineering purposes. Continuous thickness and basis-weight measurements ensure product uniformity across the entire surface.
Our CURTAIN integrates our M-Ray technology enabling full-industrial solutions. CURTAINs are tailored to perform a 24/7 industrial measurement task. Each CURTAIN machine consists our innovative Marveloc 602 measuring device. The CURTAIN itself is basically a rigid metal frame that support high measurement reliability and robustness. The rigidity of the frame guarantees robust measurements even in harsh environments. The Marveloc 602 sensors in the CURTAIN system measure through the material, with the transmitter of the sensor positioned above the measured material and the receiver underneath. The M-Ray technology and CURTAIN’s respectable gap height support high measurement standoff, avoiding scratches and defects on the material.
MARVELOC-CURTAIN for Labs
In addition to a range of in-line solutions, Hammer-IMS offers thickness and basis-weight measuring systems for laboratory use. Typically, lab systems consist of a single fixed measurement head, optionally equipped with a feeder and/or scanner. The incorporated M-Ray measurement technology is non-radioactive and non-nuclear, so no increased safety precautions or legal restrictions apply for your lab environment. In-depth measurements from within a lab-environment are typically performed for purposes of: production process optimization; when developing new materials such as nonwovens, plastics or coatings, ...; to investigate used specimens to draw conclusions about endurance, wear and material stability.
The CURTAIN C-frame system, displayed on the right, uses a 100% classic scanning C-frame concept. Its design is sleek and slim. The system can be equipped with one or more measuring heads. The system brings the power of multi-head to classic C-frame measuring technology. The pure electronic nature of the M-Ray technology within this fixed or scanning frame is non-nuclear and non-radioactive. The M-Rays’ high dynamics allow for high-standoff measurements that are fast and accurate. C-frame CURTAIN systems are available with arm lengths up to 1.5 meter. Such systems are extremely flexible because they can simply be inserted on either side of a production line without interrupting production. C-frame type systems can be used on lines of any material width.
M-Ray OEM Module
Whether you are a machine builder, a sensor integrator, a scientific researcher, or just an enthusiast, Hammer-IMS can provide you with an additional M-Ray eye on your measurement tasks. Hammer-IMS is proud to present you its newly developed M-Ray OEM module.
The device has been developed with the main intention to open up the world of non-nuclear and non-radioactive thickness and basis-weight measurement to manufacturers of inline quality control systems. M-Rays - electromagnetic waves just like those used in your cell phone - can be applied to measure plastics, fabrics, nonwovens, coatings, etc. We are happy to assist you with your OEM projects.
Hammer-IMS released the brand new M-Ray based Marveloc-CHARIOT (or shorter the Chariot!) measuring machine. The compact system is perfectly suited for new and retrofit production lines of thick nonwovens, coated textiles and heavy plastic sheets. The new system efficiently measures the basis-weight or thickness where capacitive measurements are typically not an option. The Chariot is an affordable solution as it incorporates a single-sensor traveling unit that scans the entire product width.