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OPTIBLANKS in the European Commission’s CORDIS website

February 10, 2020

OPTIBLANKS Project has been recently included in the ‘Results in Brief’ section of the European Commission’s CORDIS website.

Our Project has been selected based on the quality of results.

If you want to have an overview of OPTIBLANKS Project and its results don’t miss this article, which is available in six languages.

Read it now.

After several years of development and extensive testing at Innerspec’s facilities using parts produced by many European manufacturers, OPTIBLANKS has taken the leap to the production lines of TWBs, where the system has been finally integrated and validated.

This validation has been held at Gestamp Solblank’s facilities, global leader in the manufacture of automotive parts. Gestamp Solblank has one of the biggest TWBs production as well as some of the latest TWBs production lines throughout Europe.

Alongside OptiBlanks’ deployment, Innerspec has carried out several trips around Europe (Italy, Germany, France, Belgium and Switzerland), mostly to Tailor Welded Blanks (TWBs) manufacturing plants, in order to showcase this novel solution and also to get end-user’s feedback to build a system which meets industry specifications.

Feedback from manufacturers have been very positive as this industry has been demanding a solution capable of inspecting 100% of their laser welds for several years. 

These trips have not only been limited to TWBs manufacturing plants, Innerspec also visited other potential end-users (such as TWBs line integrators, tubes, roll and flat product manufacturers) which could also benefit from the advantages of the Hybrid system. These industries have also seen a great potential in this solution and are looking forward to seeing the system working in their manufacturing lines.

Next on-site trials

June 18, 2019

OPTIBLANKS’ team is getting ready for next on-site trials which will take place by the end of June. The system will be installed and fully validated in a Tailor Welded Blanks (TWB) manufacturing line at full operational speed. These trials will be the last step of OPTIBLANKS development before it reaches the market.

Our novel hybrid inspection system (EMAT-Vision) to optimize the manufacturing process of tailor welded blanks for the automotive industry has been showed in the AEND 2019 Congress. The Congress took place in Vitoria (SPAIN) from 12 to 14 June. A great number of attendees got first-hand knowledge of our recent advances which is nearly ready to be installed in manufacturing plants after its successful trials. Attendees were able to solve their doubts about this groundbreaking system and it was enthusiastically embraced by the industry representatives.

Read the Spanish version of the public Paper for the OPTIBLANKS Project which will be showcased at AEND 2019 Congress in Vitoria, Spain.

Innerspec was one of the 871 exhibitors presenting suitable solutions for quality assurance in industrial environments. The world’s leading trade fair for quality assurance, CONTROL, took place in Sttutgart (Germany) from 7th to 10th June. Among other NDT solutions, Innerspec showcased OPTIBLANKS, our novel hybrid inspection system (EMAT-Vision), as this is the ideal marketplace for this product portfolio.

The system was well received by the fair attendees as inline testing is gaining a stronger and stronger foothold in industrial manufacturing environments. For the 34st Control international trade fair next May 2020 Innerspec will be ready to deliver OPTIBLANKS as a product not just as a project.

Innerspec Technologies, as member of the EUREKA Metallurgy Europe Cluster, has taken part in the Metallurgy Europe event at Brussels on 3th April 2019 to discuss about new collaborative projects within the European R&D framework. It was a pleasure to deal with this cluster focused on developing strategies to solve major challenges in the European metalworking industry.

 Innerspec took this opportunity to showcase its novel hybrid system to the most demanding European entities representing the metal industry. OPTIBLANKS was found really useful to solve some of these challenges, such as automotive security as well as material scrap rate reduction.

Belgian Welding Week

 March 28, 2019

From 19th to 21st November Innerspec will be at the Belgian Welding Week event in Antwerp, Belgium, introducing OptiBlanks solution to the most renowned welding institutions across Europe. For the first time, Innerspec will have the chance to show OptiBlanks’ product capabilities in real time and not only to the industry but also to research organizations and universities.

First successful onsite trials

December 12, 2018

A group of development engineers have carried out the first on-site validation of the prototype new inspection technology in collaboration with one of the most important TWB manufacturers worldwide. Preliminary results show promising and further validation is being carried out at our facilities in order to finalise the product industrialization. Further trials and official system launch to market is expected to occur in the forthcoming months.

New Facilities

July 17, 2018

Inerspec Technologies Europe has moved to a new facility in Loeches (Madrid). The new office has more than 1,100 sqm of combined shop and office space, and includes a dedicated classroom and hands-on training areas with inspection gantries and pipe loops to accommodate customers from our Integrated and In-Service businesses. These facilities will have a dedicated manufacturing area for assembly and testing of our new product, that will help to improve OPTIBLANKS’ market introduction.


February 6, 2018

The whole team involved in the Optiblanks Project at Innerspec’s headquarters in Alcalá de Henares (Madrid).


December 1, 2017

Innerspec Technologies Europe has published a video explaining the impact of our research “OPTIBLANKS Project” on society.
See or download the Spanish version for the OPTIBLANKS Project.
See or download the English version for the OPTIBLANKS Project.

OPTIBLANKS Project Presentation

September 21, 2017

Innerspec Technologies Europe post its grant in Linkedin on 21st September:


Innerspec Technologies Europe is proud to announce that our OPTIBLANKS project has been awarded an SME Instrument Phase 2 within EU Horizon 2020, the biggest EU research and Innovation programme.

Learn more about our novel solution for weld inspection: http://cordis.europa.eu/project/rcn/211711_es.html

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