Known for the world's most advanced fabric technologies, Low & Bonar creates versatile materials in smart combinations to deliver performance. Since May 2020 part of German Freudenberg Performance Materials, Low & Bonar Hückelhoven is a pioneer in the technical textiles group. "The first purchased installation within the Low & Bonar has been running now for more than 10 months here in Hückelhoven, Germany," says Plant Manager Henk Hoekstra.
Here's the OEM module of Hammer-IMS, ready to integrate into a variety of applications. It contains a 'millimeter wave' based sensor for material characterization as well as for distance measurements, vibration analysis and general detection cases. The compact module is packaged as a rugged, stainless steel box. It's rock solid and water resistant in order to operate on a 24/7 basis and to withstand harsh industrial environments. The OEM module comes with embedded software and API description for easy integration.
Aan het thema ‘ondernemen’ wordt binnen de Faculteit Ingenieurswetenschappen van KU Leuven veel aandacht besteed. Een voorbeeld hiervan is het spin-off bedrijf Hammer-IMS, die de kennis van mm-waveschakelingen op industriële applicaties toepast. De krachtige multisensor-systemen geven fabrikanten van fabrics, plastics en nonwovens een heldere kijk op de kwaliteit van hun product. Deze innovatieve oplossingen vormen een alternatief voor bestaande nucleaire en radioactieve systemen in de markt.
This month three students, Tibo Meynckens, Stef Lenaerts and Yannick Geukens, finished their internships with us at Hammer-IMS.
Due to the covid-19 pandemic, most international expos of 2020 are canceled or postponed. Therefore, we are setting up a new lineup of events for 2021 to be able to meet you in person and discuss your specific QC applications.
Our disruptive M-Ray technology is pure electronic by nature. This means that our non-nuclear measuring solutions are harmless for people and the environment. Completely safe for operators...
We will serve you with all your inline measuring needs!
Started in January this year, Dirk Irle joined Hammer-IMS as a seasoned sales and business developer in the DACH region, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. He has over 30 years experience in sales, marketing and technical support positions for a range of solution providers in measurement and engineering. Dirk has an engineering degree in computer science.
Watch the interview video with plant manager Geert Veranneman of Grandeco Wallfashion Group in Tielt, Belgium. Furthermore, discover how such a system is integrated in a wallpaper production line.
Bringing industrial data safely and in real-time to remote IT infrastructures has always been challenging when working with classical technologies
We have published a new video on our machine's user software's features.
Orfit Industries executes extrusion quality control of engineered thermoplastic sheets with inline Hammer-IMS measuring system.
The innovative thickness measuring system of Hammer-IMS is exactly what Orfit Industries in Antwerp needs for its high-temperature thermoplastic extrusion line. Medical specialists worldwide use Orfit’s thermoplastic sheets for orthotic and prosthetic purposes.
Sector leader DILO demonstrated Belgian Hammer-IMS on ITMA 2019 in Barcelona
Eli Keunen’s work at Hammer-IMS awarded at Thomas More college in Geel, Belgium
Internship students appreciate real project involvement and experience
DILO - a leading German producer of fully-integrated nonwoven production lines - will showcase a system of Hammer-IMS on ITMA 2019.
Every now and then, we give the word to one of our colleagues at Hammer-IMS. Today, Nele Reynders, Senior R&D Engineer, comments on the latest in measuring machine construction and measurement system integration.
Watch how to find Easter Eggs with Hammer-IMS technology!
In the videos below, Noël Deferm (General Manager) and Tom Redant (Technical Manager) look back on 2018 and comment on the on-going year 2019. Noël explains where Hammer-IMS stands as a company whereas Tom focuses on technology and product developments.
Hello, I am Robin Michiels, your sales contact person for Hammer-IMS. You have probably heard about our M-Ray radar technology. It is a clean alternative for nuclear and radioactive measurement systems in production lines. Our M-Ray solutions measure the basis-weight or thickness of all kinds of flat materials – like nonwovens, fabrics, paper, plastics sheets or films.
Hello, my name is Bram Iliaens. Recently, I joined Hammer-IMS as product and development engineer.
We are happy to be featured in the Belgian Trends magazine. The article highlights our radar technology, which is a clean alternative for nuclear and radioactive measuring systems. Our M-Ray measuring solutions measure the basis-weight of nonwovens, fabrics, etc. and the thickness of plastics sheets and films. The solutions even support inline coating weight measurement of opaque materials, where X-Ray systems may fail.
Click here to check out the Hammer-IMS article in Trends magazine (Dutch language):
At Hammer-IMS we are proud to be an innovative company that evolves continuously. The new Color Graph development in our software visualizes measurements in both machine direction and cross-machine direction.
The 30 centimeter standoff distance on non-nuclear Hammer-IMS basis-weight measuring system is unique in the market. High standoff is perfect to monitor basis-weight across nonwovens production lines – from thick base materials to thin nonwovens ready for shipment. Check out the video below:
This short video shows a few simple experiments explaining why M-Ray technology is a perfect fit for inline coating weight measuring. Opaque materials such as bariumsulphate, titaniumdioxide or calciumcarbonate do not limit the applicability of the technology. M-Ray technology therefor has a significant advantage compared to X-Ray technologies.
Hammer-IMS will tour across exhibitions in Europe in Winter & Spring 2019.
Hammer-IMS has successfully delivered a contactless and clean device for measuring the basis-weight of felts and woven products to Heimbach. The milestone of successful application of Hammer-IMS’s M-Ray technology in the specific application domain of Heimbach consolidates the position of non-nuclear and non-radioactive gauges in the nonwoven and textile sector.
Hammer-IMS has developed a new range of C-frames for inline measuring tasks. The C-frame technology enables application of one ore more M-Ray measuring heads. C-frames are more flexible compared to O-frames and work on a broad range of production line widths. The high stand-off distance of our C-frame systems gives a new dimension to the concept of contactless measuring, even for very thick materials exceeding multiple centimeters. Click the video for a quick introduction...
Last month, Bart Goossens took on the role of senior R&D engineer. Building on experience with Option, Barco and Philips, he brings valuable engineering skills on hardware and software levels. Bart will contribute in optimizing the industrialization for the full range of innovative Hammer-IMS systems.
Hammer-IMS has participated in a range of events in Rome, Chemnitz and Cologne.
After completing our tour across Germany, Hammer-IMS exhibits on EDANA in Rome and mtex+ in Chemnitz. At the same time, CEO Noël Deferm speaks on the Chemnitzer Textil Tagung.
Hammer-IMS supports its extended reach in fabrics and nonwovens markets by playing an active role on events in Rome, Chemnitz and Cannes.
French nonwoven producer uses a clean Marveloc-CURTAIN for inline basis-weight quality control of felts & nonwovens
Hammer-IMS kindly invites you to the upcoming Belgian event (co-organized by Hammer-IMS) where Technical and Product Manager Tom Redant will speak. The event includes short presentations related to innovative measuring techniques for coatings and a visit of the Hammer-IMS facilities.
Our new CURTAIN integrates a next-generation up to 4.5 meter mechanical frame equipped with multiple sensors based on our clean M-Ray based measurement technology. The solution is developed to perform 24/7 quality control on inline production of plastic films, nonwovens, fabrics, etc. The new Marveloc-CURTAIN solution entails product improvements covering proprietary mechanical frame, M-Ray sensors, and Connectivity software.
Let’s meet Robin Michiels, our new sales and business developer. His experience gained at ABB, Fabricom and Elia enables him to further develop Hammer-IMS sales operations across Europe. Welcome Robin! He introduces himself in the interview below.
The coming months, Hammer-IMS will cross Germany for speaker assignments or tabletop exhibits in leading conferences. The tour consists of textiles, nonwovens or plastics related events targeting material research, inline manufacturing and quality inspection. The first stops on the tour are Berlin - Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) conference – and Hof - Hofer Vliesstofftage – both taking place simultaneously.
October 1st, 2017, between 10:00 AM and 5:00 PM
The 9th edition of the Textile Coating & Laminating Congress: ‘Re-invent the Textile Coating and laminating Industry of Tomorrow’ takes place in Ghent Belgium on September 28-29 2017.
The industry-leading German magazine C2 featured the application story of Hammer-IMS successfully contributing to the production quality at ANL Plastics. The international producer of thermoformed plastic packaging – uses a Marveloc-CURTAIN measurement system from Hammer-IMS in its production facilities in Wellen, Belgium. The system contains four M-Ray sensors, continuously measuring the plastic thickness on an ANL Plastics production machine. ANL Plastics experiences the technology of Hammer-IMS as fast, robust, secure, ecologic and easy-to-install. Stefan Tielen, CEO ANL Plastics: "The disruptive technology of Hammer-IMS fits our strategy to play a leading role in downscaling the widespread use of X-ray and nuclear measuring systems in our sector.
The Hofer Vliesstofftage (8 - 9 November 2017) is the main event for technical innovations in the nonwoven industry.
Check out the advantages of our CUBE!
ANL Plastics – an internationally renowned producer of thermoformed plastic packaging – is now using equipment from Hammer-IMS in its production facilities in Wellen, Belgium. Hammer-IMS, a joint start-up from KU Leuven University Belgium and LRM Belgium, recently delivered its Marveloc-CURTAIN measurement system to the packaging producer. The system contains four M-Ray sensors, continuously measuring the plastic thickness on an ANL Plastics production machine. ANL Plastics experiences the technology of Hammer-IMS as fast, robust, secure, ecologic and easy-to-install. The technology is considered as a potential game-changer for the plastic packaging market, since Hammer-IMS products do not use nuclear energy.
Hammer-IMS shows a contactless coating thickness measurement at Eurofinish in Haasrode Belgium the coming days. Our CURTAIN-demo setup shows how we can provide clean solutions for contactless coating thickness measurement, e.g. for textile coatings. Come and discuss your project with us even it requires ATEX certification. www.eurofinish.be.
Multiple heads enable high material coverage! Watch the animation!
Last month, Hammer-IMS presented itself in C-mine where policy makers from Limburg province discussed with University Leuven the entanglement of Limburg and Leuven on the level of innovation.
Hammer-IMS exhibits on INDEX 2017 in Geneva, the world’s premier nonwoven industry trade fair. After successful intro in plastics industry, Marveloc-CURTAIN multi-head solution innovates inline measurements of nonwovens in automotive & building construction.
Bedankt aan het dynamisch team van studenten en lectors van de opleiding Bedrijfsvertaler Tolk van Hogeschool PXL voor de toffe samenwerking rond de Duitse vertaling van onze landing pages. Hier alvast een mooi exemplaar: http://www.hammer-ims.com/hammer-ims-thickness-and-basis-weight-measuring-de
Our measurement heads are positioned far away from our customers's products. Compare this to classic solutions and you are convinced!
Check out the integrated multi-head solutions for thickness and basis-weight measurements of Hammer-IMS. These M-Ray based inline measuring solutions combine Marveloc 602 measurement equipment and CURTAIN mechanical frame technology. The solutions perform thickness or basis-weight measurements on nearly any non-metallic material, without all disadvantages of nuclear or radioactive.
The next major event where Hammer-IMS will exhibit is the INDEX trade show in Geneva, Switzerland. Come to this leading nonwovens exhibition, and check out our M-Ray based inline measuring products.
Check out our answer to the need for multi-head clean measuring solutions!
Hammer-IMS will exhibit together with partner Tevel at the International Innovation Event for Paper and Cardboard on 1 February in Doorwerth, The Netherlands. Hammer-IMS's Marveloc 602 and CURTAIN products provide added-value for paper and cardboard processing activities, which are: grammage verification, highly-reliable and high-speed splice detection, fold detection and vibration detection.
Plastics Machinery Magazine (US) published Hammer-IMS CURTAIN solution in special report on innovative ‘multi’ units for film thickness testing. Among suppliers of film inspection equipment, “multi” is the latest buzzword. At the K show in Düsseldorf, Hammer-IMS introduced its CURTAIN multisensor device for measuring thickness.
Check out our cases page for all background documentation on our products and M-Ray technology!
Check out this video, introducing how to work with the Marveloc-CURTAIN inline measuring solution.
Following the launch of its turnkey CURTAIN multi-head measuring solution at K-Messe, Hammer-IMS is now introducing RETEC Instruments as its distributor in Belgium. The thickness and weight measurements of Hammer-IMS are complementary to the measuring instruments supplied by RETEC Instruments to numerous production plants in Belgium. Existing and new customers of RETEC Instruments will benefit from the collaboration by being able to take advantage of the electronic ‘M-Rays’ solutions of Hammer-IMS to replace existing nuclear or radioactive measurement systems. The new technology will be of particular interest to the plastics and paper industries, as well as for a number of construction applications (e.g. insulation, gyproc sheeting), areas in which both companies have an active presence.
As a fresh member of the DSP Valley Organization, Hammer-IMS will take the floor today in Leuven for a short pitch on its activities. Our general manager Noel Deferm will introduce you to the M-Ray technology and Hammer-IMS's vision on new industrial measuring concepts. DSP Valley members are welcome in the Option offices at Gaston Geenslaan 11 in 3001 Leuven, 29 November, 15.30h.
Our Marveloc 602 product family runs in our own industrial solutions. We branded these solutions the CURTAIN-series. Come and see this Marveloc-CURTAIN product at K-Messe in Düsseldorf till Wednesday 26 October.
Only eight months after its incorporation and investment capital round, Hammer-IMS exhibits on K-Messe, the world’s premier plastics industry trade fair in Düsseldorf. At this occasion, Hammer-IMS of Flanders demonstrates its new turnkey CURTAIN multi-head solution for measuring thickness and weight in production lines. Co-founders Noël Deferm and Tom Redant of the KU Leuven spin-off company developed a complete portfolio of revolutionary measuring solutions based on ‘M-Rays’ – electromagnetic millimeter waves. The turnkey systems have been performing trial runs at international paper producers and manufacturers of plastic sheets and films, composites and many other materials. Hammer-IMS offers a secure, ecologic and easy-to-install alternative for today’s nuclear measuring equipment. Come and watch the Hammer-IMS system in action on K-Messe – Hall 11 Booth E64.
With the K-Messe coming up, it’s great to see Hammer-IMS being featured full-page in the September issue of EPPM magazine. An elegant way to introduce Hammer-IMS and its enabling measuring solutions to plastic processors in Europe and beyond.
Our very first product, the Marveloc 602 measuring system, can now be offered together with our new innovation: the CURTAIN product family.
Our Hammer-IMS innovation has been accepted in the ‘Hall of Fame’ of Kunststoffen 2016 in Veldhoven, Netherlands. Come and watch this innovation, and visit the Hammer-IMS stand.
Schauen Sie sich das deutschsprachigen Video (des belgischen FernsehsendersKanaal Z) über Millimeterwellen gebasierte neue Systeme für das Messen der Dicke und des Gewichts von nichtmetallischen Materialien auf laufenden Produktionsstraßen.
Nele Reynders joins Hammer-IMS as senior R&D engineer. We interviewed Nele to give her a proper introduction.
Hammer-IMS will show its recent innovations at the Düsseldorfer Kunststoff Messe 2016 (www.k-online.com). This event is organized every three years, and is considered as the leading fair for plastics innovations in the world. Come and visit us in Hall 11, booth E64! It is a great venue where we can meet each other and talk about your specific plastics production application.
On the booth you will see a new integrated solution. It consists of a CURTAIN mechanical frame and one or more Marveloc 602 systems for thickness and basis-weight measurement. The turn-key solution is an in-line solution performing simultaneous measurements in cross-machine direction. Find out more
Hammer-IMS is a Belgian high-tech company in the field of industrial sensing. Hammer-IMS supplies highly accurate and contactless measurement systems based on the disruptive technology of millimeter waves. Hammer-IMS is now setting up partnerships with resellers in order to support its international expansion.
Based on millimeter waves, Hammer-IMS developed new systems for measuring thickness and weight in production lines of sheets and films. This innovative electromagnetic technology is seen as a powerful alternative for today’s nuclear measuring equipment, which governments want to gradually ban. Furthermore the technology offers up to micron level accuracy on industrial production floors, measuring both transparent and opaque in any color as well as rough & shiny surfaces.
(English language) The ambitions of the two engineers-entrepreneurs Noël Deferm and Tom Redant of start-up Hammer-IMS are (rightly) big: '"We want to make our non-nuclear millimeter waves based technology the golden standard in our application domains. The market is ready, because "Europe discourages the use of today's nuclear measuring equipment".
(Dutch language) De ambities van de twee ingenieur-ondernemers Noël Deferm en Tom Redant van start-up Hammer-IMS zijn (terecht) groot: "We willen onze niet-nucleaire millimetergolventechnologie laten evolueren naar de meetstandaard in onze toepassingsgebieden." De markt achten ze rijp, want "Europa stimuleert juridisch de afbouw nucleaire meetsystemen".
Corda Campus Hasselt – Op 10 juni ontving Hammer-IMS een 70-tal gasten in de PhiliCorda zaal om de start van de nieuwe spin-off te vieren. Hier ontvouwden Noël Deferm (general manager) en Tom Redant (technical & product manager) hun plannen m.b.t. hun niet-nucleaire Marveloc meettechnologie op basis van millimeter golven. Daarna spraken Professor Patrick Reynaert (KU Leuven), Kurt Hensen (CEO T&M Solutions - nu Averna) en Lieven De Jonge (Head of Smart Manufacturing, LRM) de genodigden toe. Beide oprichters ontwikkelden nieuwe systemen voor het meten van dikte en gewicht in productielijnen, die proefdraaien bij internationale papierproducenten en fabrikanten van plastic platen en folies, composiet, textiel, glaswol en andere materialen.
Hammer-IMS is a new spin-off from the internationally renowned research laboratory ESAT - MICAS of KU Leuven, and starts off with a capital injection of € 800.000. The investors are Gemma Frisius Fonds KU Leuven and Limburgse Investerings maatschappij (LRM). Both investment institutions gained years of experience in supporting high tech start-ups. After 8 years of research in the university, general manager Noël Deferm and technical & product manager Tom Redant started their company Hammer-IMS. Based on millimeter waves, Deferm and Redant developed new systems voor measuring thickness and weight in production lines. Their revolutionary measuring solutions are performing trial runs at international paper producers and manufacturers of plastic sheets and foils, composites, textile, glass wool and other materials. Hammer-IMS offers a powerful alternative for today’s nuclear measuring equipment, of which the usage is discouraged by the government. In short: performant industrial measuring solutions that are secure, ecologic and easy to install.
Come and see us at iMinds the Conference @Brussels in April 2016
Hammer-IMS will speak at The Smart Systems Industry Summit in Mechelen, Belgium.
Hammer-IMS releases a visual on an inline measurement case.
Hammer-IMS is gaining popularity in the non-woven industry. Check for past December's issue of the NonWovens Industry Journal.