TWatch™: Shared Technological Intelligence, with high added value.

TWatch™ programs, high-value multi-partner monitoring programs, allow you to accelerate and deepen the watch by pooling costs. Memberships are made by program and give you access to a dedicated web platform, monthly WowNotes™, and open the right to participate in TWatchDays™ which take place at the end of September each year.

Several programs are offered:

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Surface Engineering

Surface engineering is in a permanent evolution to face more and more severe requirements and HSE regulations such as REACH. The functional properties of many materials, components and systems are often based in full or in part on their surface. Each case is specific while many technologies can be first considered depending on numerous parameters: substrate material, size, geometry, quantity, targeted functionalities, post-operation... Therefore, it is crucial in many application fi elds to optimize the choice of coating or surface modifi cation to get best performance, process capability and robustness.

Surface preparation & Modification

• Wet Surface Treatments & Coatings

• Multiple & Composite Treatments

• Surface Texturization

• Functionalities

• Thermal & Thermochemicals Treatments

• Dry Treatments

• Surface Finishing

• Other Emerging Processes

• Control & Characterization

• REACH and New Regulations

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Additive Manufacturing

Additive Manufacturing is not really a new technology, as this whole story comes from the stereolithography invented by Charles Hull in 1986, and rapid prototyping has been in use for more than 15 years. What is new is the impressive acceleration of the use of AM in an ever-increasing number of industries, at ever faster speeds and with more and more metallic and polymeric materials. It can be said that all sectors are impacted today giving a real revolution.

• Matured & Standardized Technologies
• Nano-Additive Manufacturing
• Emerging Technologies
• Associated (Non-Destructive)
Testing and Monitoring
• Modeling, Simulation and Defect Prediction
• Post-Treatments
• Materials for AM
• New Applications and Designs
• New Initiatives, Innovative Services, New Comers
• Market Data & Trends

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Multi-Material Joining

Novel combinations of materials and assembling processes are required by Industry to face weight reduction challenges and demands for higher performances. Innovative and advanced joining technologies for dissimilar materials - conventional and innovative ones - provide new design opportunities. While more severe use conditions are continuously pushing for improvements in more conventional methods. Today, joining processes are critical enabling technologies for manufacturing hybrid structures and high-value engineering components.

• Adhesive Bonding
• Fusion Joining
• Mechanical Joining
• Solid-State Welding
• Emerging Technologies
• Hybrid Processes
• Modelling & Simulation
• Surface Preparation before Joining
• Associated (Non-Destructive) Testing
• Disassembling/Repair
• Case Studies
• Trends & Market Data

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Advanced NDT

Today, NDTs are used to ensure the integrity and reliability of products and reduce production costs by maintaining a permanent level of quality of structures and (multimaterial) assemblies increasingly multi-material. The acceleration of the innovations generated by information technologies, IoT, IA and nanoelectronics enables the generation of new, more reliable and continuous advanced NDT solutions whose emergence and maturation must be closely monitored.

• Advanced Concepts (SHM, PHM)
• NDT & Automatization/Robotization (UAV, Robots)
• Acoustic Emission Testing
• Electro-Magnetic & Eddy Current Testing
• Magnetic Particle Testing
• Microwave Testing
• Near Infrared Spectroscopy
• Radio-Frequency Testing
• Radiography
• Thermography
• Ultrasonic Testing
• Vibration analysis
• Visual/Optical
• TeraHertz Radiations

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Multi-Functional Materials

The design of next-generation materials with multifunctional and smart capabilities is clearly a challenge for many industrial sectors. Smart materials offering high performance, and self-healing, sensing or stimuli-responsive properties are gathering more and more attention. Innovations also come from new manufacturing and modelling techniques which provide additional opportunities for innovative materials by design.

• Advanced Multi-Functionalities
• Biomimicry
• Smart Materials
• New Materials by Design
• Modelling for Advanced Materials
• Characterization methods for Advanced Functions
• Novel Applications and Case Studies
• Market Data & Trends

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Greener Plastics

Reducing the amount of plastic in the environment is an active research area. Improving plastics so that less is used, developing methods to recycle more and harnessing nature to reduce the impact of what escapes to the environment all are rich areas of study. Societal pressure and willingness to support new options will ultimately determine what it succeeds. What is clear is that the R&D community is providing new options for a cleaner, more circular future.

Bioplastics (Biodegradable, Bio-based)

• Biocomposites

• Natural Fibers

• Non-toxic Plastics & Substitution of Chemicals

• Recycled Plastics

• “Plastic-Free” Materials

• Cases Studies by sector (Packaging, Transports, ...)

• New Regulations & Trends

• Market Data &Trends

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CCUS : Carbon Capture Use and Storage

Carbon Capture, Use and Storage (CCUS) involve technologies which aim at recycling or permanently storing the CO2 streams emitted today by power plants, transportation and industrial processes like steel, cement, or chemical manufacturing. CCUS is one of the critical solutions to help reducing further CO2 emissions: the IAE 2°C scenario. Thus, CCU helps recycling CO2 exhausts through novel manufacturing processes requiring carbon atoms, whereas CCS allows storing CO2 permanently in suitable geological formations.

  • CO2 Capture
  • CO2 Conversion processes & Valuation
  • CO2 Transportation
  • CO2 Storage
  • Generic issues
  • Trends for policy and regulatory
  • Life Cycle Analysis
  • Market Data & Trends