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We have brought our pilot project to a successful conclusion, having completed the design, the construction the commissioning and the continuous operation of a pilot line aimed at the production of iron foil by electroforming.

The design enables testing on a large scale of an original concept of deposition cells. The design was especially important with respect to the high capacity that was anticipated, to the severe operating conditions and to the lack of literature on this topic.

The construction led to cooperation with specialized subcontractors located worldwide. Indeed, the required quality of the components compelled one to select the best manufacturers. Moreover, the most delicate parts of the electroforming cell were checked and mounted by us.

The commissioning was the most delicate phase. We are very probably the best ones to commission so productive and sophisticated equipment. So we have had to find our own solutions for most problems, which arose.

The continuous operation was a severe test for all the components. We had to replace some of them, which had failed, or to adapt the design. However, whatever the problem a solution was found. Finally we succeeded to produce numerous coils for tests for the potential customers.

The computer control of the line was also successful: not only the simple control but also sophisticated operations like the control of the regeneration of the electrolyte or the electroforming of foil were achieved. So the line is a real technical break-through while industrial applications are now questionable due to deep changes in the markets.

Additional information

Authors: ECONOMOPOULOS M, CRM, Rue Ernest Solvay Liege (BE);CRAHAY J, CRM, Rue Ernest Solvay Liege (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 16063 EN (1995) 74pp. Euro: 10.00
Availability: Available from Office of Official Publications for European Communities: 2 rue Mercier, L-2985 Luxembourg. tel:+352-29-29-42455 fax: +325-29-29-42758 email: URL:
ISBN: ISBN 92-826-9731-2
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