IMCE NV was founded in 1995 by Adriaan Brebels, Theo Bollen and Bart Bollen. Actually the initial developments already started in the early 90’s. Like many technological companies, we started in a garage or even better in the attic.
At that time, the impulse excitation technique (IET) existed for more than 3000 years. When the first ceramic pots were produced, the craftsman knocked at their pots to check the ‘quality’. When we started our first developments, the IET was already standardized (ASTM C1259). Our intension was - and still is - to bring the technique to a next level. Therefore, IMCE focused on the development of a robust signal analysis algorithm on a PC-based system which enables a very good signal analysis even under very rough circumstances with short signal lengths.
Parallel with the development of the maths, IMCE developed his own high temperature setup. We improved the shortcomings of the standard furnaces to facilitate the IET measurements in a wide range of environmental conditions (temperatures, atmospheres …) and material applications like metals, ceramics, refractories …
Over the past 20 years, IMCE has upgraded and extended their product range with different furnaces providing several, worldwide companies and universities with a non-destructive material characterization tool to research more than 15 different material properties.