EDC - Technologica

TECHNOLOGICA (now EDC- Technologica) is a result of all these ventures... It currently provides different kinds of services and tools to local and international industry. It was also one of the first corrosion laboratories to use sophisticated surface analysis techniques (such as Scanning Auger Microprobe – SAM – analysis and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy – XPS or ESCA) for the study of (pitting) corrosion and passive films on stainless steels and nickel-based alloys. However, the Lab’s major contribution to the field of corrosion and corrosion engineering is probably the introduction of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Advanced Information Processing (AIP). Back in 1984 already it programmed some of the first Expert Systems and later produced Hypertext and Hypermedia CD-ROM corrosion information systems (e.g., “ Active Library on Corrosion ”, together with NACE International and Elsevier Science Publishers). The Lab also introduced novel concepts and technologies such as Neural Networks, Case-Based Reasoning, Data Mining, etc... in the field of corrosion. For all these innovations, in 2001 it received the NACE International T.J. Hull Award. Later on, it developed new (pitting) corrosion measuring methods, such as the “ static potential band method ” or – back in 2001 - the EFM (Electrochemical Frequency Modulation) technique – USA Patent 6,320,395 B1.