TWatch Surface Engineering

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 specifi c while many technologies can be fi rst 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 & Modifi cation
• 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

TWatch Additive Manufacturing

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 Defects Prediction
• Post-Treatments
• Materials for AM
• New Applications and Designs
• New Initiatives, Innovative Services,
New Comers
• Market Data & Trends

TWatch 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

TWatch 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 (multi-material) 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

TWatch Mutli-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

TWatch 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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