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Beyond Surfaces #3 - Intelligent Material Processing

How can communicative materials shape the industry, and what do an aircraft and additive manufacturing have in common? Find out in the new edition of our customer magazine!

Beyond Surfaces #3 - Intelligent Material Processing

In this edition of BEYOND SURFACES we put the focus on ‘Intelligent Material Processing’. It is not just about how we are making intelligent materials processing a reality, but we also want to offer you glimpse of what the future could hold for this exciting technology.

The constant demand for lighter and stronger materials, the need for higher productivity and energy efficiency, improving environmental sustainability and coping with scarce resources are just some of the key challenges that our customers face. We at Oerlikon help our customers to overcome these obstacles, find sustainable solutions and achieve better results. How do we do this? Read the new BEYOND SURFACES and find out!

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Pretty intelligent: Smart Materials

Self-healing, communicative, and soon, even more? An interview with Professor Jochen Schneider of RWTH Aachen

Materials are becoming smarter all the time – and they will redefine the boundaries of technology. At the same time, they are already transforming industry, especially the field of materials science itself. Professor Jochen Schneider teaches and researches at the chair for materials chemistry of the RWTH Aachen University, one of the most renowned technical universities in Germany. For BEYOND SURFACES, he has taken a daring look at the future.

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Behind the scenes of Oerlikon: Lighter + more complex = additive

Oerlikon employee Ludo Bautmans belongs to a group of men and women who transform an entire industry sector

Already as a student, Ludo Bautmans made a decision to be a lifelong learner. That he would one day belong to the group of men andi women who transform an entire industry sector is a fact he would never have considered even in his wildest dreams. He spoke with BEYOND SURFACES about how suppliers and manufacturers in the turbine industry are facing challenges due to additive manufacturing and how Oerlikon is providing assistance.

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A windy affair

Wind turbines are growing in size and the associated forces are becoming more extreme

Renewable energies have not only begun to boom as a result of the Paris Agreement. But the steadily increasing demand continues to shift the limits of technology on an ongoing basis. Wind turbines are growing in size and the associated forces are becoming more extreme – nonetheless, they must operate with absolute reliability and a minimum of maintenance effort. Coatings and surface treatments significantly extend the service life of their components and thus the lifetime of the entire system.

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Porsche Panamera

The sedan that burned the notorious Nordschleife race track relies on Oerlikon Metco technology.

One journalist, after watching the first race in 1927, described the winding steep grades and tight corners through the Eifel forests as something that could have been designed by a “reeling, drunken giant.” In its 33rd year, three-time world champion driver Jackie Stewart bestowed the track’s enduring nickname: Green Hell.

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A clean solution


Every year, elm-plastic produces millions of dosing aids, pipettes, syringes as well as measuring cups and spoons - also thanks to Oerlikon Balzers.

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Free your imagination

Simply intelligent

Within only four years, the machine pool of the Danish toy manufacturer Plus-Plus grew from 2 to 24 injection moulding lines. Oerlikon Balzers delivers additional efficiency.

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Petra Ammann

Petra Ammann

Head of Communications Oerlikon Balzers

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