Flamac is travelling around the world to answer your queries and find solutions to your R&D problems.
Do catch up with us at the following upcoming events:
18 September 2018, MRCluster / Flamac – Zwijnaarde, Belgium
Understanding Physical Stability of Formulations
Allnex, Flamac, Nucomat and Procter & Gamble would like to present our joint event:
A Formulation Stability Symposium and the Launch of
the uniquely developed High-Throughput Stability Platform
Liquid formulations are some of the fastest growing product forms, anticipating sustainability and consumer preference trends. They often display complex rheology behaviour and a broad spectrum of physical and chemical properties.
The stability of formulations (such as dispersions, emulsions, etc.) are increasingly challenging with the widening of global market conditions. However, the methods to predict product stability have not evolved at the pace of technological progress. They are largely based on visual inspection of product executions over extended time periods. These approaches are time-consuming, labour-intensive, require large quantities of wasted products and the obtained data are not conducive to predictive modelling of stability. In many projects, they are limiting the pace of innovation.
Therefore, there is a clear need for a better understanding of the physico-chemical interactions and the long-term evolution of the formulated products at an accelerated pace.
Aim of the Symposium
This half day symposium aims to share know-how on stability testing of liquid formulations by bringing together experts from academia and industry.
Additionally, an update on the ongoing R&D project “UPSForm” will be given. This project aims to create a unique accelerated stability testing methodology for liquid formulations by developing and integrating advanced measurement techniques in an automated platform and building modelling approaches to better predict stability.Additionally, for the first time vere, th eunique high-throughput stability platform installed at Flamac will be presented to the formulation community.
1:30pm – 2:00pm Registration + coffee
2:00pm – 2:30pm Introduction stability testing in formulation research (Léopold Mottet)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Presentation from KULeuven (Prof. Koos)
3:00pm – 3:30pm Presentation of UPSForm project and Nucomat’s interest in project (Johan Paul)
3:30pm – 4:00pm Presentation of Allnex (Dirk Bontinck)
4:00pm – 4:20pm Presentation of Flamac (Léopold Mottet)
4:20pm – 5:00pm Lab tour
5:00pm – 6:00pm Network drink
Materials Research Cluster (MRC), Technologiepark 935, 9052 Zwijnaarde, BELGIUM
28 May 2018 – Abba Sants Hotel, Barcelona
Do join us at the workshop “Formulated Products: Enabling innovation through value chain and cross-sector collaboration” which will take place on 28 May 2018 in Barcelona. The workshop targets industrial and academic players interested in bringing formulation technologies to the next level through collaboration.
During the event it will be possible to:
• Listen to inspiring speakers from industry who will illustrate some of the challenges (technical and others) within specific industrial sectors or segments of the value chain
• Listen to experienced representatives from academia who will showcase examples from collaborative research projects in the area
• Help validate the recommendations that will be presented to the European Comission (EC) as to what are the areas of research that should be prioritized in the coming framework programs in the context of formulated products
• Network with local and European players in the formulation area
• Learn more about how to stay in touch by joining the EU-FIG, the emerging European Formulation Interest Group
For the program, registration details and other important practical information see the attached flyer or visit our website at http://formulation-network.eu/ under “News and Events”.
You can also download the following flyer.
On 8 March Flamac held a Workshop and Network Event on ‘The Implementation of Circular Economy and Industry4.0 Technologies in the Formulation Industry’. The aim of the workshop was to help positioning formulation for future EU Framework Programmes and generating new cross sector connections to initiate collaborative projects.
It has been a great opportunity to meet and brainstorm with people from different sectors, each of them dealing with their own formulation issues.
Over 20 external stakeholders from Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany attended the workshop and provided lots of ideas and feedback on how support from Europe and National funding organisations can improve and accelerate the implementation of Circular Economy and Industry4.0 in the European Formulation Industry. The workshop was facilitated by the Flamac Marketing Team.
Another follow up workshop on AceForm4.0 topics is planned on 28 May in Barcelona
(more info to follow).
If you want to be updated on AceForm4.0, please visit the Project website.
You can also register for the European Formulation Interest Group (Free of charge) to have access to all project and workshop deliverables.
The Aceform4.0 team
Some snapshots of the workshop:
Flamac won the Solvay Robotic and Lab Automation Hackathon challenge
Last November, Flamac took part in the 2nd Robots and Artificial Intelligence Makeathon. During one month, participants had been asked to brainstorm and develop solutions to tackle the biggest challenges in the field of robotics and artificial intelligence encountered by world-leading companies like P&G, Solvay, ABinBev or Puratos.
In collaboration with Manetco, the Flamac team started to work on a Solvay challenge: the development of a robot for automated lab experiments which also boasts monitoring capabilities.
After one month of brainstorming, concept designing, and intensive work, our team presented its project at the Makeathon Finals on 27 November 2017 at P&G in Brussels. We presented an innovative solution incorporating robotics, a smart camera and artificial intelligence which are able to operate, analyse and make decisions during a titration experiment. Thanks to the AI, the system is able to produce and monitor experiments in an autonomous way in order to generate data and learn by itself -making it more or less a chemical version of AlphaGo Zero.
Thanks to our efforts and the resulting solution, we were able to convince the jury who granted us the Robotic and Lab Automation Award.
Flamac and SampleQ collaborated together on a project with the IRMM (Institute for Reference Materials and Measurements), which is one of the seven institutes of the Joint Research Centre, a Directorate-General of the European Commission. They have now published the results of their research in an article on the ScienceDirect website titled Qualification of a precision pattern dispenser.
In order to automate sample preparation processes, a precision pattern dispenser was designed to reproducibly dispense radioactive solutions at pre-defined positions. It is composed of an automatic liquid sample handling unit coupled to an XYZ table. Qualification tests were conducted to evaluate the performance of the instrument and to assess the compliance with the requirements, in particular trueness (< 2%) and repeatability (< 1%). The instrument allows preparing sources in different source holders and on air filters, in a fast and accurate way.
Flamac and Ghent University are very proud to have published a new research article on the ACS Combinatorial Science website titled “High-Throughput Platform for Synthesis of Melamine-Formaldehyde Microcapsules in which they discuss their findings.” The findings explained in the article are part of the funded SIM INTERPOCO project (H-INT-S program).
The synthesis of microcapsules via in situ polymerization is a labor-intensive and time-consuming process, where many composition and process factors affect the microcapsule formation and its morphology. Herein, we report a novel combinatorial technique for the preparation of melamine-formaldehyde microcapsules, using a custom-made and automated high-throughput platform (HTP). After performing validation experiments for ensuring the accuracy and reproducibility of the novel platform, a design of experiment study was performed. The influence of different encapsulation parameters was investigated, such as the effect of the surfactant, surfactant type, surfactant concentration and core/shell ratio. As a result, this HTP-platform is suitable to be used for the synthesis of different types of microcapsules in an automated and controlled way, allowing the screening of different reaction parameters in a shorter time compared to the manual synthetic techniques.
Within the context of AceForm4.0, a project funded by the European Commission within the Horizon 2020 program, and together with six other European partners, we at Flamac have been given the task to help define the European research agenda for the formulated products industries. A key part of this work relies on the identification of common technological challenges faced by the European formulation industries and all associated players along the whole value chain.
In order to map out a research plan your opinion and input on the future of formulation technology and methodology is extremely valuable. If you would like to take the chance to provide your views and suggestions, we invite you to participate in the online survey that will be conducted from February to May this year.
Some important facts about the survey:
- Main Purpose: To identify the common technological challenges faced by the European Formulation Industry and its associated sectors along the whole value chain. These findings will serve as guidelines for the allocation of European public funding for research and development activities during the next 5-10 years.
- Target audiences: industrial/commercial organisations producing formulated products/formulations as well all associated sectors along the value chain, these include: industrial/commercial organisations operating in close relationship to the formulation industries; the scientists and the research community as well as relevant Technology Platforms, Public Private Partnerships and Joint Undertakings.
- The survey is divided into four sections:
– The first two sections of the survey are dedicated to identifying the profile of the participant and the technical challenges and opportunities.
– The third and fourth sections are exclusively dedicated to the identification of challenges and opportunities for the formulation industry in the context of the two mega trends Circular Economy and Industry 4.0, respectively.
- Duration: The survey will be conducted during the first and second quarters of 2017.
- What happens with the collected information? The findings from this survey will be analysed and translated into a common vision for sustainable formulated products and an implementation plan for 2025. One-to-one interviews and workshops will be carried out as part of the process to preparing this common vision.
- When and how will the outcome of the survey be made available? The results will be made available to the public on a continuous basis during 2017 and 2018 through the AceForm4.0 project website.
Thank you very much for taking the time to help defining a meaningful research agenda for the European Formulated product industries!
Please feel free to forward this information to colleagues who you think might be interested in the project or in joining the EU-FIG.
The AceForm4.0 team
We are proud to announce that we have achieved ISO 9001:2015 certification.
ISO 9001:2015 is the standard granted by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which specifies requirements for a quality management system (QMS) and monitors consistency in products and service to meet their exacting standards.
This positive decision made by external ISO auditors is a well-deserved confirmation of the high quality of our services and processes. At Flamac we are committed to fulfil the requirements and to maintain the effectiveness of our quality system.
Congratulations to the entire Flamac team who have been working towards this milestone for some time.
FLAMAC is excited to announce that its SBO project “SMART” has been approved by SIM & VLAIO. SMART stands for Sustainable Metal Extraction from Tailings.
SMART is a strategic basic research project within the long-term SIM MaRes programme on “Materials from Solid and Liquid Industrial Process Residues”. This project is a collaboration of FLAMAC, KU Leuven, VITO, UGent and other Flemish companies. It is a unique project in Flanders as it is fully dedicated to finding zero-waste solutions for tailings, i.e. the materials left over after the process of separating the valuable fraction from the uneconomic fraction of an ore.
As requested by many, we have put our company presentation video online which was recorded during our 10th anniversary celebration on 1 June 2015, at de Bijloke in Ghent, Belgium.
If you really want to know what Flamac is about, what we have been up to and what we have in store for the future, we highly recommend watching this!