SLUDGEtreat follow-up meeting

The SLUDGEtreat project is focused on adding value of sewage sludge life cycle by improving sludge quality, reducing costs, developing cutting-edge technologies based on electro-osmosis and using eco-friendly nanostructured materials and coatings to be used as anodes in the electro-dewatering process.

Pamplona, June 19, 2018. A successful follow-up meeting took place on June 18th at AIN´s headquarters in Pamplona where representatives from SLUDGEtreat consortium explained their progresses and planned future actions framed on objectives of the project.

The main achievements until now can be summarised as following:

Designed and engineered a lab-scale device as proof-of-concept of an innovative electro-dewatering (EDW) process
Analysed novel approaches to use materials to serve under very demanding conditions, as those facing the anodes for EDW process
Designed and engineered a first industrial EDW prototype, based on an innovative concept (patent pending)
Assessment of entire life cycle and costing structures for the novel EDW process

POLIMI’s staff presented the EDW results achieved by means of the lab-scale device, focusing on the study of test parameters (time, electric field, pressure, polymer dosage) and sludge type that could give the highest sludge DS content. The results of EDW tests carried out on different anode materials, such as PVD coatings (FLUBETECH), nanostructured coatings (POLIMI) and commercial materials (based on Mixed Metal Oxides) have been discussed. Moreover, LCA and cost assessment of the EDW prototype have been introduced to the partners.

FLUBETECH’s staff showed several options of PVD coatings studied and based on previous results they proposed new solutions and approaches for corrosion resistant applications. AIN’s staff presented a comprehensive characterization of all the materials/coatings developed by FLUBETECH, POLIMI and AIN.

Staff from X2 showed the design of the EDW machine and presented the preliminary results achieved with the prototype tested at [...]

Successful participation of Flubetech in the BIEMH18

Flubetech presented its solutions in advanced coatings by PVD and CVD at the BIEMH fair in Bilbao. The event took place last May 28-June 1, 2018 in the Bilbao Exhibition Center (BEC) of the capital Vizcaína.

The successful coatings for the sectors of the cutting tool, injection molds, tooling and biomedicine were exhibited at the Flubetech stand. At the same time, the latest generation coatings based on high energy Pulse technology were presented: Hipims. These are called to be the future of the coatings due to their improvement in the properties of the coatings, especially for their improvement in adhesion, toughness, increased hardness and increased resistance to corrosion.

The entire Flubetech team would like to thank all the collaborating companies and the visits received during the event. It is a pleasure to be able to contribute all the illusion, knowledge and effort in our services since this combination is the key to success.

Thank you!

The Flubetech Team


The coating of tools and components subjected to wear always gives the satisfaction of the increase of the life of the pieces. But sometimes, the improvement of life of the pieces imply quality of life by itself. This is the case of the maxillofacial prosthetic components.

When manufacturing technology, materials science and surface engineering come together to serve the medical sector, you get a cocktail of huge possibilities with unsuspected results a few decades ago. The pleasure of feeling that Flubetech participates in them is very great.

The challenge becomes success when, in a very short period of time, a reliable replication of the area to be replaced in the patient is achieved through the additive manufacturing of metals. The durability of the prosthesis is ensured by Biocarbide coatings (DLC coating for biomedical applications under ISO13485) applied to areas, which are subject to friction and wear. The binomial allows the patient to get back to the quality of life that he use to have, in short to return to the everyday life of a normal life. This is why Flubetech makes more than coatings.

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    A successful kickoff meeting of recently launched EUROSTARS project TRIBOSS

A successful kickoff meeting of recently launched EUROSTARS project TRIBOSS

The recently started European EUROSTARS project TRIBOSS address the challenges of offer a global solution in the market that totally solves the White Etching Crack (WEC) tapered rolling bearing (TRB) failures in wind turbine gearboxes. At the project’s kickoff meeting held on the 17th January 2018 in Castellar del Vallès (Barcelona-Spain) participants set up formally the General Assembly body for the consortium conformed by Fersa Innova S.L.U. (Zaragoza-Spain), Flubetech S.L. (Barcelona-Spain), Fraunhofer IPT (Aachen, Germany) and Holoeye Photonics AG (Berlin, Germany).

During the meeting there was the assistance of members of IK4-Tekniker (Basque Country, Spain) which are acting as subcontracted Research Institution.

The overall aim of Eurostarts TRIBOSS is to reach an innovative approach combining Laser Surface Texturing (LST) and High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering (HiPIMS) & DC-Magneton Sputtering (DCMS) to tailoring an unique tribological coating architecture.

Dr. Marlon Cruz, from Flubetech and Chairman of this kickoff, explains the expected impact from TRIBOSS:

““The TRIBOSS project will integrate capabilities of advanced surface engineered solutions from key actors to add value to components and systems which are needing of the high-performance bearings to wind turbines. Those surface engineered solutions include: thermo-chemical heat treatments, laser texturing with LSM and tribological coatings (by using PVD sputtering including novel HiPIMS technologies). I am totally convinced that such kind of novel solutions only are possible from collaborative projects like this EUROSTARTS””


    Flubetech participates in the Workshop: “Innovative and sustainable solutions applied to the molding of parts in the automotive sector”

Flubetech participates in the Workshop: “Innovative and sustainable solutions applied to the molding of parts in the automotive sector”

Last October 26th,  was held at the AIMEN Technological Center in Vigo the Workhop: “Innovative and sustainable solutions applied to the molding of parts in the automotive sector”.In the event organized by AIMEN and the collaboration of the COPO Group, Flubetech has presented different solutions based on PVD (Physical Deposition in Vapor Phase) technology that, due to the properties they bring to the materials (greater hardness and resistance to corrosion and friction); are being successfully applied in cutting, extrusion and rolling tools; surgical instruments, prostheses and implants; or injection molds for polymers and light alloys, among others.The event has brought together some thirty people from various technology centers and companies of the industrial sector.

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Flubetech participated in the last edition of Eurosurfas that took place at the Fira de Barcelona from October 2 to 6. The event, which took place alongside Equiplast i Expoquimia, was a success of visits.

In addition to having its own stand, Flubetech participated in the “Challenges and persecutives of surface treatment, towards a more sustainable future”, in the AIAS (Asociación de Industrias de Acabados de Superficies).

The content of this day was oriented to provide solutions for compliance with the Reach Regulation in reducing the use of certain substances and the elimination of others such as Chromium VI, both in the workplace and in the environment, building a more future sustainable in the treatment of surfaces and to preserve the future of our planet, something very important for the philosophy of Flubetech.

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    TMCOMAS and Flubetech share forces to expand their services in surface engineering

TMCOMAS and Flubetech share forces to expand their services in surface engineering

TMCOMAS Flubetech are always willing to grow. Both companies have decided to join forces and broaden the range of services in the field of surface engineering.

This agreement will be beneficial for both companies as it will provide them the opportunity to offer its customers a greater range of services to exchange knowledge, and enabling work with both thin and thick coatings.

TMCOMAS offer a comprehensive service to their clients already working in the fields of precision engineering, reverse engineering or anti-friction bearings, as in the repair of equipment or welds special dynamic. In addition, in the level of surface engineering, TMCOMAS has become a reference in the world of coatings for thermal spraying and laser cladding.



This accord will combine more than 60 years of experience TMCOMAS in the field of mechanical and surface engineering, with the extensive  knowledge of Flubetech in the development, manufacture and marketing of hard and functional ceramic coatings.

Moreover, Flubetech specializes in PVD and CVD coatings. Plasma based coatings are implemented in a wide range of industrial areas such as cutting tools, cutting and forming dies, plastic injection moulds and die casting alloys. These coatings are essential  to improving the quality, competitiveness and long life of the parts.

With this agreement, TMCOMAS and Flubetech  will  enhance all possible synergies between the two companies, showing once again its commitment to continue investing in innovation and new technological developments by strengthening  their role as leaders in the field of surface engineering at a National and European level.


Flubetech hosted students from UPC, IQS and UB

Flubetech hosted this week the first grade students of Industrial Engineering of Terrassa UPC ETSEIAAT with Professor Dr. Nuria Salán, Master in Materials Science IQS (Universitat Ramon Llull) with Professor Dr. Carles Colominas and third grade in Materials Science from UB (University of Barcelona) with Professor Dr. Javier Fernández

We appreciate the students interest and teachers confidence to selecting  Flubetech for the training of their students.

Flubetech participates in IQS TechFair 2016

IQS TECH FAIR 2016: The Startups technology fair

On december 14, the first edition of the IQS Tech Fair was held at the Institut Químic de Sarrià (IQS). In the event inaugurated by the CEO and founder of the company Synergic Partners, Carme Artigas, gathered more than 300 people. This technological fair of industrial startups gave the opportunity to 20 companies to show their technology and services for sectors of new materials , robotics, wearables, life science, energy and environment among others.

The organizer of the event, IQS Tech Factory, which offers support to new technological and innovative startups, aims to contribute to the promotion and increase the catalan industry, which today accounts the 50% of GDP.

Continuing with the strong commitment and innovative spirit of Flubetech, we were present at the event showing our technology and the services that allow to offer in the world of surface engineering.


Flubetech collaborates in the project INNOVATIDE

Flubetech collaborates in the research and development project INNOVATIDE granted by the “Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial”

On May 4, 2016 a grant was given to Flubetech by the CDTI (Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial) for a research project entitled “Desarrollo de nuevas geometrías y recubrimientos avanzados para implantes dentales de titanio”. Its main goal is the development of dental implants with better and greater osseointegration capacity.

CDTI is a Public Business Entity, under the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which promotes innovations and technological development of Spanish companies by managing financing for R&D&i projects. This grant is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the multi-regional intelligent growth operational program.

This is a cooperation Project with Implant Microdent System S.L (Development, manufacture and commercialization of oral implantology products). In addition, IK4-Tekniker research centre will collaborate in the development and characterization of coatings.

The most relevant innovations proposed in this project are the design of a new implant geometry, the elimination of shot blasting and acid etching and the incorporation of a new coating that will increase the durability of the implant and also will provide bactericidal properties.