Bilateral international agreement signed for coating grammage improvement in finishing lines for woven, tufted and needle-punched carpets and artificial grass.
Vandewiele's daughter company Bejimac, specialist in textile finishing machines, established a structural collaboration with Hammer-IMS on quality control of latex coating. This agreement fits in the shared vision of Vandewiele, Bejimac and Hammer-IMS to digitalize the finishing lines for carpets in which accurate, adaptive measurement plays an essential role. Hammer-IMS dedicatedly integrates its non-nuclear technology for measuring coating grammage into Vandewiele-Bejimac finishing lines. Thanks to the real-time measurement and automatic system adaptation of these smart systems, carpet manufacturers maintain highest product quality while reducing the usage and scrap of expensive latex material. The collaboration agreement stipulates that Vandewiele sells and distributes its Hammer-IMS enabled finishing lines. This resellership covers the entire world, except EU, the United Kingdom, Norway and Switzerland.
Hammer-IMS installed an inline multi-sensor quality control machine at Toiltech in France. Toiltech is specialized in manufacturing technical and industrial textiles. The project has been set up in collaboration with Erhardt+Leimer France, which represents Hammer-IMS in France.
ThermHex Waben is using a non-nuclear and non-radioactive quality control machine of Hammer-IMS. The three-sensor inline scanning system measures the grammage of thermoplastic composite honeycomb panels and polypropylene honeycomb cores. In addition, the system with high measurement gap automatically adjusts the production's extrusion die to compensate for grammage variations. The innovative Hammer-IMS machine controls the production process better and eliminates human-related errors in the products of ThermHex Waben.
Of course ... we are always moving with our new technology. But this time we are moving our HQ offices!
As of January 2022, Max Bertram joined Hammer-IMS as sales & business developer. It looks like Max thinks internationally and has experienced different cultures. Here is a brief Q&A to get to know Max a little bit better.
In the coming Fall and Winter months, Hammer-IMS will exhibit and/or participate in four events across Europe: Hofer Vliesstofftage in Hof (D), International Textile Coating & Lamination Congress in Ghent (B), K-Messe in Düsseldorf, and Global Insulation Conference & Exhibition in Estoril (P). Hammer-IMS will show a number of quality control solutions integrating plenty of innovations that provide instant feedback to manage and optimize your in-line production.
After INDEX in Geneva last November, Hammer-IMS resumed its exhibition tour across Germany in Winter & Spring 2022. Many people came and visited us to watch one of our non-nuclear inline thickness and basis weight measuring systems in action! For example, the sleek and slim C-frame based system proves to be ideal for quality control of foils and films as well as coatings, paper, fabrics, textiles and nonwovens.
Watch our latest dual scanning system, which serves as an inline project for PMC felts at Heimbach Group (Olten, Switzerland). The automated M-Ray based system for grammage quality control eliminates radioactive sources at what the customer calls the pre-needle loom. We collaborated with Vansichen Linear Technology to fit a nearly 9 meters long steel linear module into a very limited inclined space envelope.
A few months ago Joost Poelmans joined the Hammer-IMS team as R&D engineer. Say hello to Joost who studied engineering and collaborates on pushing the non-nuclear M-Ray weight and thickness measuring technology. He also introduces intelligent machine vision to further increase the quality control experience for plastic, textile and nonwoven manufacturers.
With many international system installations taking place, we want to point out that the design, delivery and installation process of your order is in good hands. Your purchase with Hammer-IMS is a smart move, not only while we are working to deliver your shiny yellow machine on time but also when the machine will be running at your facility in your production line of choice.
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...
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.
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.
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 supports its extended reach in fabrics and nonwovens markets by playing an active role on events in Rome, Chemnitz and Cannes.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.