Last week, the TMCOMAS facilities in Blanes (Spain) were the meeting point of a new SuperWEAR project meeting. On this occasion, a technique from the Center for Industrial Technical Development (CDTI) assigned to the project, participated in this follow-up meeting to monitor the technical advances that have been carried out within the framework of the project during the last months.

Apart from the CDTI technique, Isabel Guerrero, the meeting also included the participation of Dr. Jaume Nin, head of the technical and R & D department of TMCOMAS, Eloi Font, member of the quality and technical departments of TMCOMAS, Gemma Mendoza de Tecniker, Gaizka Dominguez of Stern Hidraulica and Ricard Otín of Subvento Innovation Management and advisor of TMCOMAS in research and development.

During the follow-up meeting, which corresponds to the second year (2016), Jaume Nin made a presentation to publicize the activities that have taken place throughout 2016 and took the opportunity to give an advance of what will be done during 2017.

In this way, the CDTI technique proved that the basic objectives and the conditions for which the project grant was granted – both at the economic level and at the planning level – have been achieved in the appropriate time.

Finally, the CDTI technique took advantage of the visit to verify the equipment that is being used in the realization of the tests and specimens.

About the SuperWEAR project

Funded by the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) and with a total budget of 1,690,309.42€, SuperWEAR is coordinated by Dr. Jaume Nin, head of the technical department and R&D of TMCOMAS, and Eloi Font, from the technical office, and has the support of the Basque research center TEKNIKER and other Spanish companies.

In this bilateral Project between Germany and Spain and led by TMCOMAS thanks to its extensive experience in the field of R&D, also participate OBZ Innovation, GTV Verschleißschutz,STERN Hidráulica and FRAUNHOFER–Gesellschaft.

The purpose of this project, which lasts 30 months, is to obtain the profitable ceramic thermal spray coatings that improve the wear behavior and corrosion, with the goal of implementing, in an industrial level and for the first time in Europe, the Thermal Spraying Suspension (STS) technique.

The ceramic coatings obtained by Suspension Thermal Spraying offer interesting advantages compared to traditional thermal spray coatings, such as a highly refined structure, smoother surfaces, thinner layers of filler, improved wear resistance and insulating properties. For all this, the STS technique can provide the industry with higher performance wear coatings that would offer the possibility to replace hard chrome techniques removing Cr (VI).