Vol. 20
November Issue
Year 2019


in Vol. 20 - November Issue - Year 2019
INCASE 2019 - A great Success!

H.E. Kara Owen giving a short speech at INCASE2019 opening

Members of INCASE organising committee with one of the delegates at networking evening – Beerfest microbrewery

Delegates networking over craft beers – Beerfest microbrewery

Presentation by Elke Hombergsmeier from Airbus

Poster display at the exhibition hall

H.E. Kara Owen examining some of the artefacts showcased by Rösler, one of the exhibitors as well as a Gold Sponsor of INCASE2019

Keynote presentation by Thomas Haubold, Engineering Associate Fellow for Special Process and Global Process Owner for Surface Conditioning Processes for Rolls-Royce

An exchange between Prof. Alexander Korsunsky, chair of INCASE2019 and Domenico Furfari from Airbus at the industry dialogue session

Discussion amongst technical committee members of INCASE2019

Prof. El Mansori sharing his thinking about developments in surface enhancement technologies at the industry dialogue session

Dennise Tanoko Ardi, chair of the organising committee delivering the welcome address to delegates of INCASE2019

Conference dinner at Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre

Aldrich Chua explaining about the shot peening research and development carried out in ARTC

Adri showing an abrasive flow finished sample to a delegate during the visit to ARTC

Prof. Tan Sze Wee from A*STAR giving the token of appreciation to Takashi Sato, one of the technical committee members as well as keynote speakers

Delegates enjoying their drinks at the cocktail session before the conference dinner

Niroj Maharjan sharing about laser shock peening development in ARTC

September 2019 marks an important month for the surface enhancement community with the very first International Conference on Advanced Surface Enhancement (INCASE). Held from the 10th to 12th of September, it was a week of insight, networking and discussions as academics and industry practitioners from around the world gathered to exchange ideas and knowledge on surface enhancement across the five themes namely fatigue life enhancement, surface finishing, laser processes, product verification and materials characterisation as well as towards Industrie 4.0.
In the evening, leading to the first day of INCASE, a number of delegates participated in a night of networking with food and drinks at one of Singapore’s microbreweries, Beerfest. They were treated to a variety of craft beers brewed freshly at the bar itself. It was a truly fun night and the perfect starter to the conference that followed in the subsequent days.
The opening of INCASE was graced by the presence of H.E Kara Owen, British High Commissioner to the Republic of Singapore. Having been appointed as a high commissioner for Singapore recently, it was one of the first technical events that she had participated in the country. She shared her views about advanced manufacturing as well as collaborations within this area. Following her speech, she toured the exhibition area and interacted with some of the exhibitors.
The INCASE programme was packed with academic and industry talks by the delegates, including several keynote and plenary talks. The keynote speakers were Thomas Haubold from Rolls-Royce, who talked about surface enhancement processes in aeroengine component manufacturing, Prof. Hong Minghui, who talked about laser processing and signal diagnostics for in-situ process monitoring, as well as Takashi Sato from IHI corporation, who shared about surface finishing techniques for EBM-manufactured Ti-6AI-4V components. Furthermore, there were two plenary speakers representing the academia as well as five invited speakers from the industry.
While the presentations and talks by the speakers were underway in the two lecture halls, a dedicated exhibition hall for industry players and academics was also buzzing with showcases of products and systems offered by the companies and organisations. In total, 22 booths were present at the exhibition which include various technology providers from Asia, North America and Europe. Local companies from Singapore such as Abrasive Engineering(AE) and Precision Laser Solutions(PLS) were also exhibiting in INCASE. Abrasive Engineering also launched its new product, microwave valve, a media dosage unit designed for shot peening at the conference.
In order to encourage an open discussion between academics and industry players, an industry dialogue session was held at the end of the 2nd day of the conference. During the dialogue, Prof. Alexander Korsunsky, chair of INCASE shared the results from the survey collected from INCASE delegates and kicked-off the discussions by posing several thought-provoking questions to the delegates surrounding the development of surface enhancement technologies.
The conference dinner was held at Marina Bay Sands convention centre, an iconic building in the heart of Singapore’s central business district. Participants had the opportunity to dine and network in the landmark that Singapore becomes known for. During the dinner, personalised tokens of appreciations were given out to all INCASE technical committee members. It was a great night of networking and music as participants mingled around and just had fun.
A site visit and a workshop on selected topics of advanced surface enhancement and metrology was organised in the Advanced Remanufacturing and Technology Centre (ARTC) after the main programme of INCASE was completed. The organising committee of INCASE invited delegates to their home ground, providing a sneak-peak into what goes on in the works in one of Singapore’s centre for advanced manufacturing, built upon the strong public-private partnerships.

The conference was a success and we look forward to INCASE 2021 which will also be held in Singapore, following a discussion involving the technical committee during the conference.

In an interview with chair of organising committee of INCASE, Dennise Tanoko Ardi, he shared his insights from INCASE 2019.

(?) MFN: As the chair of organising committee of INCASE 2019, what is your main takeaway from this conference?

(!) D. T. A.: The conference received strong support from the industry highlighting the relevance of research and development in the field of surface enhancement for industries. From the industry dialogue session as well as the survey we completed during the conference, I learned about the challenges that companies and academics face when trying to implement novel solutions resulting in the inertia associated with translating research outcome into industrial applications.
Without a series of coordinated efforts from industries, regulators and academics, it would be very difficult or even impossible to implement step changes in surface enhancement processes.

(?) MFN: What do you hope to equip attendees with after the event?

(!) D. T. A.: I hope the attendees will gain broader perspectives on the range of developments being carried out surrounding surface enhancement. Through the discussions, I also hope that participants can gain new ideas and collaborators to allow for the advancement of the different surface enhancement technologies. For those who had not been to Singapore / ARTC before, I also hope that they now understand the potential and capabilities available here.

For Information:
Advanced Remanufacturing and
Technology Centre (ARTC)
3 Cleantech Loop, #01-01, CleanTech Two
Singapore 637143
Tel. +65.6908.7900, Fax +65.6908.7921
E-mail: denniseta@artc.a-star.edu.sg
www.artc.a-star.edu.sg, www.incase2019.com