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.
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.
Hammer-IMS has participated in a range of events in Rome, Chemnitz and Cologne.
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.
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.
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.
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.