Walibeam Industrial Platform for Ion Implantation

What is Walibeam?

Walibeam is an equipment platform specifically designed to support the industrialization of the ion beam implantation process from the laboratory scale to the production phases, a set of industrial pilot tools available as Key Enabling Technologies (KET). The facilities are available for the realization of proof of concept, fundamental research, products and technical developments, process optimization and pre-production. This Walloon initiative is supported by several industrial partners in the fields of surface treatment of glass, metals, or alloys and polymers.

Each equipment is planned regarding a specific use: the process considered, the shape and nature of the materials to be treated and the technological level of maturity. In that respect, systems were manufactured.

The platform is managed by a team of expert technicians, engineers and scientists from IONICS and Materia Nova R&D center who will support your project along its development.  

ionLAB series :

Laboratory scale equipment dedicated to the development of solutions and the realization of proof of concept. The core system is equipped with an ionGUN source and a XY table. An extra ionGUN or PVD source can be implemented on demand. More info ? Click here.

ionPOWDER series :

Laboratory scale equipment designed to treat powders, fibers, and small loose parts. The core system is equipped with an ionGUN source and a mixing bowl or barrel. A PVD source can be implemented on demand. More info ? Click here.

ionPRO pilot line :

Semi-industrial production line dedicated to the treatment of large flat substrates. The system is equipped with five ionGUN's sources to ensure a homogeneous treatment.   More info ? Click here.

ionR2R pilot line :

Semi-industrial reel to reel pilot line designed for the treatment of narrow bands and wires. More info ? Send an email to info@ionics-group.com.


Innovative aspects and main advantages

Typically, a surface conversion is observed down to few µm in bulk with no risk of delamination compared to conventional coatings. Taming the ions beam improves wear resistance, reduces friction coefficient and improves corrosion resistance. Moreover, by increasing the electrical conductivity of dielectric materials (doping), modifying their optical properties or improving the efficiency of catalysts gives rise to unlimited material and future smart applications.

within a short to mid-term, WALIBEAM can offer several collaborative scheme and services :
- Collaborative R&D Projects (Proof-of-Concept, KET to DEMO)
- Line renting / Products manufacturing
- ECR Ion Sources NOW / Factory Tools
- Products Analysis & Qualification


Market application

This ion implantation technology is potentially relevant for all markets (construction, automotive, appliances, packaging and specialties like solar, catalysis ...).
Currently, surface hardening of several materials (glass, metals or alloys, polymers) combined anticorrosion and low friction coefficient represents major short-term valorisation opportunities.


Type of partner sought

Industrial; Europe, Large and SME.

Industrial needs and potential collaborative scheme.




If you need more information, please contact Fabian RENAUX : info@ionics-group.com.


Project Partners:



The project is co-financed by the Walloon Research Administration, DGO6.    


More details on : www.walibeam.com