Increasing demand for Aluminum (Al) in manufacturing Electric Vehicles (EV) – especially in battery closures and chassis attachments – requires optimized laser welding schemes. Intrinsic Aluminum-associated welding issues are being overcome with new dynamic and adaptable laser beam approaches, mainly to increase laser-material interaction. Process control for these new laser manufacturing scenarios requires novel in-process monitoring strategies demanding pattern and process event recognition. BEAM-IDL proposes applying optimized DL algorithms for visible and infrared (IR) laser welding process image recognition. This novel approach will allow, in the future, link feature extraction with process parameters, opening the gate to novel process optimization.
For the first time, EXOM is having a presence at this important trade fair. We will share a stand with SECPHO, the Spanish cluster for Photonics, and other relevant of its associates. We expect to present our products and let you know how we can support you improve your productivity with our developments. Looking forward to seeing you there, please come and visit us at Hall 3 Booth D50. Drop us a line to make an appointment in advance, you can also use this link to register yourself and get a ticket!
Cofinanciado por el Ministerio de Industria, Comercio y Turismo, en el marco del Plan de Recuperación, Transformación y Resiliencia con ayudas de Apoyo a Agrupaciones Empresariales Innovadoras (AEI).
Expediente AEI-010500-2021b-173. 2021-2022
THERMALASER project "THERMAlly sprayed and LASER sintered ceramic coatings to protect steel structures" was launched on November 1, 2021. This project will develop new powder formulations, together with a new process to produce ceramic protective coatings based on the combination of two technologies: thermal spraying with suspensions and powders feedstock and laser post-sintering. The main objective is to achieve new high corrosion-resistant coatings for protection of metallic structures subjected to extreme environmental conditions, such as those suffered by the base of offshore wind towers or silos for grain and chemical storage.
The project has a relevant Consortium covering the whole production chain, allowing a position of strength within the proposed markets. The Spanish company TORRECID will develop ceramic formulations with required functionalities, suitable for both thermal spraying and laser sintering. All the powders produced will be utilized by using different spraying techniques. The German SME job coater PUTZIER will develop coatings applied by thermal spraying with powder feedstocks. FRAUNHOFER, represented by two Institutes IWS and IKTS, will contribute its strong knowledge on development and thermal spraying of suspensions. The sintering of coatings will be carried out by the Spanish SME EXOM Engineering, who is also the project coordinator, using different laser post-treatments of the components. Advanced characterization of ceramic coatings will be done by research centre CIDETEC Surface Engineering, which will be subcontracted by the Spanish companies.
In the final phase of the project, the most promising coatings will be used to produce demonstrator components for silos/storage tanks and offshore wind tower structures to be tested and validated in real conditions.
The objective is to develop a completely new process for the preparation of enamelled steels providing a smooth surface, well adherent and high corrosion-resistant coating. By applying this technique, the risk of distortion and microstructural alteration of structural steels will be avoided preserving their mechanical properties. Moreover, the new technology, will allow to deposit coatings on cost-efficient steels to meet the demanded quality and functionality requirements. Therefore, the THERMALASER solution will lead to significant savings in the cost of the final product and in maintenance and replacement operations due to the extension of the service life.
The THERMALASER project has received the EUROSTARS-EUREKA seal of approval with a total budget of 1,617,041.37 € and will last for 30 months.