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Biologisation of medical technology – partner companies wanted

ZIM supports new „BioHyMed“ network project for developing biohybrid products

Biologisation of medical technology - partner companies wanted

The BioHyMed kick-off meeting participants (Source: BioRegio STERN/Anne Faden)

(Stuttgart) – The Central Innovation Programme for SMEs (ZIM) of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is now supporting the new „BioHyMed“ project as a ZIM cooperation network. For at least a year, BioRegio STERN Management GmbH will now receive a total of 116,000 euros to establish a network for developing biohybrid products and processes. Together with universities, clinics and scientific institutions in the region and six SMEs as project partners, this will drive forward the biologisation of medical technology. More companies are welcome to join the network as project partners. They will receive targeted support to enable them to also submit promising applications for research and development to ZIM if required.

The participants in the new BioHyMed network are engaged in research and development in one of the most ground-breaking fields of the health care industry – the biologisation of medical technology. The combination of biological and technical products or processes – called biohybrids – will in future be commonplace in operating theatres. These include implants that either replace damaged cells, tissue or organs or stimulate the healing process – regeneration rather than replacement. The real challenges for medical technology are also the new procedures for integrating biological processes, mechanical instruments and high-tech electronics. Another aim of the BioHyMed project is to develop new methods and materials for coating and „activating“ surfaces using biological components. Coatings using tailored biomolecules or the body’s own cells promise better healing and fewer rejection reactions.

In-vitro diagnostics is another area covered by the project. This includes innovative analysis systems to identify hospital germs quickly and reliably on site, for example, but also companion diagnostics and biomarker identification procedures i.e. genetic investigations for planning customised therapy. For Project Manager Dr. Verena Grimm from BioRegio STERN Management GmbH, patient benefits are the project“s top priority. „Linking biotechnology and medical technology opens up entirely new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.“

The Verein zur Förderung der Biotechnologie und Medizintechnik e.V. was the original initiator of the project, and the successful application to ZIM was then submitted by BioRegio STERN Management GmbH. The Verein is an associated partner and will provide an advisory council to undertake expert assessments of funding applications from new project partners. TETEC GmbH, the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute, Medical Valley Hechingen Akademie e.V. and the urology clinic and Institute of Medical Microbiology and Hygiene at Eberhard Karls University Tübingen are also associated partners.

The BioHyMed project will initially receive a total of 116,000 euros over one year from ZIM and will launch on April 1 with these six SMEs from BioRegio STERN:
-HB Technologies GmbH, Tübingen
-BioTeSys GmbH, Esslingen
-CeGaT GmbH, Tübingen
-Computomics GmbH, Tübingen
-Mediagnost GmbH, Reutlingen
-PolyMedics Innovations GmbH, Denkendorf.
However, more SMEs are welcome. „We offer interested companies the uncomplicated opportunity to also become project partners,“ explains Dr. Grimm. „A consortium of several partners can even submit project applications to ZIM with a value of up to two million euros.“

About BioRegio STERN Management GmbH:
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is a skill-sharing network, providing a help and ad-vice centre for founders of new businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers in the life sciences sector in the cities of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen and Reutlingen and the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH represents the interests of these market players in dealings with political circles, the media and associations and provides advice on grant applications and corporate financing. Key focal points include regenerative medicine, medical technology and the automation of biotechnology. Managing Director Dr. Klaus Eichenberg is a molecular and cell biologist and investment analyst.

Firmenkontakt
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-870354-0
info@bioregio-stern.de
http://www.bioregio-stern.de/en

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Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Straße 58a
70174 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-6070719
info@zeeb.info
http://www.zeeb.info

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Start-up in the garage – a location with prospects

Newly established start-up wins award – Mireca Medicines GmbH develops treatment for hereditary eye disease and receives Innovation Award of the biotechnology regions in Germany

Start-up in the garage - a location with prospects

Barbara Brunnhuber, CEO, and Prof. Dr. Francois Paquet-Durand, CSO, Mireca Medicines GmbH (Source: Manuel Rüschke)

(Stuttgart/Tübingen) – Mireca Medicines GmbH is working on a method to treat previously incurable hereditary retinal diseases. A team led by Prof. Francois Paquet-Durand from the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the University Hospital of Tübingen has discovered a substance that could stop sight loss. The newly established start-up with an international research network that has found its ideal location in Tübingen has just been honoured with the Innovation Award of the biotechnology regions in Germany.

Prof. Francois Paquet-Durand and Barbara Brunnhuber have already written the first chapter of their success story – they started a biotech company in a garage! Yet Tübingen-based Mireca Medicines GmbH doesn’t just have the ideal site for a „real“ start-up – it also has the right ingredients. Prof. Paquet-Durand, CSO of Mireca Medicines GmbH, is a project manager at the Institute for Ophthalmic Research at the University Hospital of Tübingen and an internationally acclaimed specialist in hereditary retinal degeneration. As a chemist, engineer, business manager and business consultant, Barbara Brunnhuber, CEO, has the key skills to create an interface between science and business for a new start-up. Together with Peter Rall, member of Senioren der Wirtschaft Arbeitskreis e.V., as the business administrator for the start-up phase, they form a small team that has perfect international ties. „The STERN BioRegion was nevertheless the only possible location,“ explains Brunnhuber. „The brains of the company, as it were, are in Tübingen. This region also offers us perfect support in every way.“ The founders thus have the ideal conditions here to develop the treatment for rare retinal diseases to a ready-to-use state.

Hereditary retinal degeneration, such as retinitis pigmentosa (RP), affects at least two million people worldwide. This eye disease leads to serious visual impairment and gradual blindness and cannot yet be treated. One reason for this is that it may be due to very widely varying defects or mutations in various genes. Around five years ago, an EU-funded international consortium of companies and research institutes thus set out to develop new substances to treat retinitis pigmentosa as part of the DRUGSFORD project. As the project’s scientific coordinator, Prof. Paquet-Durand found the key in tandem with his partners: „We noticed that with RP, the cGMP signalling pathway is overactive. This means that the increase in this cellular semiochemical results in the cells in the eye’s photoreceptors dying. Using drugs in this area is not easy, as the retina is shielded by the „blood-retinal barrier“.“ The solution – instead of activating the therapeutic substance, which is a cGMP analogue that is similar to natural cGMP but impedes its metabolic pathways, it needs to be „packed“ in a formulation that allows it to overcome this barrier.

The application-oriented patents are extremely promising

„The foundation of Mireca Medicines GmbH is the logical consequence, as the consortium is certain of having found this solution,“ explains Brunnhuber. And the Innovation Award of the biotechnology regions in Germany, which the start-up has just received, is proof that an independent panel of judges also considers the company’s application-oriented patents to be extremely promising.

The company is now enabling commercial use of the patents and thus ultimately the development of a treatment for patients. The next stage includes the clinical trials of phases 1 to 2b, which are expected to be carried out at the eyetrial Steinbeis Transfer Center at Tübingen Eye Hospital’s Center for Ophthalmology. Prof. Paquet-Durand is convinced that in four years‘ time, when these phases are completed, concrete results will be available that will give patients reason for hope: „We“re already in contact with national and international patient organizations in order to involve sufferers in the development process early on.“ After all, if Mireca delivers what experts are already promising, the new treatment will prevent patients from losing their sight. „In view of the company“s growth prospects, starting in a garage is perfect. At the end of the day, other companies that today are highly successful began in that same way,“ says Brunnhuber.

About BioRegio STERN Management GmbH:
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH is a skill-sharing network, providing a help and ad-vice centre for founders of new businesses, entrepreneurs and researchers in the life sciences sector in the cities of Stuttgart, Tübingen, Esslingen and Reutlingen and the Stuttgart and Neckar-Alb regions. BioRegio STERN Management GmbH represents the interests of these market players in dealings with political circles, the media and associations and provides advice on grant applications and corporate financing. Key focal points include regenerative medicine, medical technology and the automation of biotechnology. Managing Director Dr. Klaus Eichenberg is a molecular and cell biologist and investment analyst.

Firmenkontakt
BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-870354-0
info@bioregio-stern.de
http://www.bioregio-stern.de/en

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Zeeb Kommunikation GmbH
Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Strasse 58a
70184 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-6070719
info@zeeb.info
http://www.zeeb-kommunikation.de

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The new generation of Trowal continuous shot blast machines is in operation

A Mexican manufacturer of automotive aluminum die-cast components now operates five continuous shot blast systems from Walther Trowal.

The new generation of Trowal continuous shot blast machines is in operation

The new THM troughed belt continuous shot blast machine equipped with turbines with curved throwing.

Walther Trowal has recently commissioned a THM troughed belt continuous shot blast machine for a customer in Mexico that is equipped with a brand new generation of blast turbines. These turbines were specifically designed for shot blasting of aluminum components. With a considerably higher blast media throwing speed the new turbines produce significantly shorter cycle times than the predecessor models.

The Mexican customer already operates very successfully four continuous Trowal shot blast machines. Because of their excellent performance he chose to purchase another THM machine, when he had to expand his production capacity.

Up-and-coming: Aluminum, the gentle blast media

The increasing sales trend at Walther Trowal indicates that ever more customers are switching to aluminum media when shot blasting aluminum components. Because of its lower bulk density aluminum media is a lot gentler than, for example, stainless steel shot. Typical automotive forgings made from aluminum are, for example, steering knuckles or swivel bearings. Aluminum die-castings processed in THM shot blast machines can be all kinds of housings, covers or levers.

Because of its lower density the impact energy of aluminum media on the work pieces is considerably lower compared to other blast media. To offset this limitation Walther Trowal developed turbines with curved throwing blades, which generate a significantly higher blast media throwing speed than straight blades. This, combined with the fact that in THM machines the turbines are located very close to the work pieces, and the media throughput is considerably higher, results in optimized energy utilization and surprisingly short cycle times. However, the shot blast treatment remains very gentle. In short, despite the relatively low density of aluminum blast media, the shot blast process is highly effective and at the same time surprisingly gentle preventing any warping or distortions of delicate work pieces.

Another benefit of aluminum blast media is that it reduces the wear rate in the turbines and the machine to a fraction of the wear caused by steel shot, resulting in higher uptimes and lower operating costs.

Walther Trowal offers a range of different machine sizes equipped with up to four turbines. For example, for forged aluminum components the new THM 700/4/E with 4 turbines and a power of 15 kW for each turbine, produces an exceptionally high degree of productivity.

Specifically designed for handling aluminum media

To meet all the challenges posed by aluminum shot the Trowal engineers redesigned many machine assemblies, among them the media dosing system and the turbines. One detail of many: A rough surface of the throwing blades would quickly destroy the aluminum particles. Therefore, Walther Trowal is smoothing the blade surface with in-house vibratory finishing equipment. The result: A greatly reduced blast media consumption, lower dust emissions and significantly improved turbine uptimes.

Gentle work piece transport

THM troughed belt continuous shot blast machines are equally well suited for treating mass-produced bulk parts or large, delicate components. Especially with delicate, somewhat fragile work pieces the THM concept offers significant advantages: In these systems the work pieces are evenly distributed through the entire machine length. This results in a very gentle transport and prevents intensive part-on-part collisions. And the fact that the transport rods are covered with a relatively soft PU further cushions the already gentle tumbling action. This is particularly important for fragile components with thin walls, allowing them to be discharged from the machine without any nicking or other damage.

No problem with older THM systems!

When developing the new turbines Walther Trowal also took into consideration the many older machines still in operation: Any THM customer who wants to take advantage of the new turbines can easily install them in his existing machine(s). This allows the customers to increase the efficiency of their shot blast operation with minimal costs.
For THM systems still requiring steel or stainless steel blast media, Walther Trowal supplies the new turbines with the curved throwing blades made from tool steel also offering significantly higher turbine uptimes.

Facts about Walther Trowal

For 85 years Walther Trowal has been a pioneer and market leader in various surface treatment technologies. The company offers modular and custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface treatment problems.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal serves many customers in many industries around the world. For example, in the automotive and aerospace industry, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Firmenkontakt
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Georg Harnau
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225
g.harnau@walther-trowal.de
http://www.walther-trowal.de

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+49.241.89468-44
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http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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SKIDATA digitalizes lift ticket sales – say goodbye to long lines at the lift

„Starjack“: new online sales portal for lift tickets features IT expertise from SKIDATA

SKIDATA digitalizes lift ticket sales - say goodbye to long lines at the lift

SKIDATA digitalizes lift ticket sales

The cooperation between SKIDATA and Pool Alpin is revolutionizing online lift ticket sales. IT expertise, software and hardware from SKIDATA together with the new „Starjack“ online platform make purchasing ski tickets on the internet a breeze, thus ushering in a new era without long waits at the ski lift. A total of 70 Austrian ski resorts have joined the online platform to date. „Our goal was to standardize online lift ticket sales throughout Austria, making it as convenient as possible for customers,“ says Franz Holzer, managing director of SKIDATA Austria.

After a two-year test phase in the Kitzbühel ski region, the new booking platform for lift tickets has been online since November 2016. The great reception by 2,500 customers all over Europe proves SKIDATA right: the process of purchasing ski passes urgently needed to be improved and digitalized. Innovative ideas and technical development from SKIDATA“s IT experts made this step possible.

Hit the slopes quickly and safely thanks to SKIDATA technology

„Starjack“ offers many advantages: a large selection (since so many Austrian ski resorts participate) and faster, easier lift ticket purchases. Plus there is just one single keycard – the Starjack Card – that is valid for all ski resorts. All of these factors mean fewer skiers buy their ski pass at the lift; the keycard is activated upon first entry to the ski resort – meaning shorter lines in the future.

Another essential aspect of the new online ticket portal is safety. In the past, skiers and snowboarders were anonymous but now they are registered with the Starjack Card. „If there is an accident, personal details can be called up to allow for fast, trouble-free assistance.“ SKIDATA Austria managing director Franz Holzer is convinced: „Ski slopes will be a much safer place.“

IT for everyday life – innovation and development at SKIDATA

„Starjack“ is just one of many innovative projects that have been developed by SKIDATA“s IT specialists. A career in Application Services could be perfect for you if you“d like to work together with prestigious clients in Austrian ski resorts. Find the job description and many other international SKIDATA job vacancies for unconventional thinkers and free spirits at https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/job-vacancies-at-skidata/

SKIDATA is a leading international company for access solutions and management. More than 10,000 SKIDATA installations in ski resorts, sports stadiums, major airports, shopping centers, cities, spas and wellness facilities, exhibition centers and amusement parks worldwide ensure safe and reliable access control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in offering solutions that are intuitive, easy to operate and secure. With their integrated concepts, SKIDATA helps clients optimize performance and maximize profits. The SKIDATA Group ( www.skidata.com) is a member of the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group ( www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

Kontakt
SKIDATA AG
Mag. Belkis Etz
Untersbergstraße 40
5083 Grödig/Salzburg
+43 6246 888-0
jobs@skidata.com
https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/

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perma Lubrication Systems for Electric Motors

perma Lubrication Systems for Electric Motors

perma STAR VARIO are lubricating an Electric Motor

Euerdorf, Germany – Electric motors are found in all types of applications – fans, blowers, pumps, conveyors, etc. The importance of the electric motor is usually not recognized until it fails. Optimal lubrication is the key to increase process safety, equipment service life and productivity.

Many electric motors are difficult to lubricate because they are located in hard-to-access and dangerous areas. As a result, many lubrication points on labyrinth seals and on drive- and non-drive sides are not lubricated as often as required, which leads to damaged bearings and eventually equipment failure.

perma-tec offers single- and multi-point lubrication systems and a large range of suitable accessories which ensure safe and continuous electric motor lubrication. Extension lines make it possible to install the systems in easily accessible and safe places. This not only increases workplace safety, but also ensures that electric motors are lubricated according to manufacturer specifications. System exchanges can be carried out without any special tools and can be scheduled to take place during regular maintenance runs. This reduces maintenance time and expenses.

The single-point lubrication system perma NOVA is ideal for the lubrication of electric motors. It is temperature independent (at -20 °C to +60 °C) and the discharged lubricant amount can be programmed to meet individual motor requirements. A precise lubricant discharge during operation prevents lubrication starvation as well as over-lubrication. It reduces lubricant consumption and contributes to environmental protection. The housing is dust-tight and protected against water jets (IP65).

For more information on electric motor lubrication you may download our flyer „perma Lubrication Systems for Electric Motors“ from the perma website download center www.perma-tec.com or view our Video „Electric motors“.

perma-tec has been providing innovative and creative lubrication solutions for more than 50 years. Our single- and multi-point lubrication systems can be found in almost all types of industries and applications around the world.

perma-tec´s leadership in single-point lubrication is based on many patents and certifications. All perma products are developed, tested and manufactured in the company´s German headquarters and live up to the „Made in Germany“ quality.

With many years of experience and a network of subsidiaries and competent partners around the world we can offer our customers lubrication solutions that meet highest technical requirements.

Kontakt
perma-tec GmbH & Co. KG
Doris Bauer
Hammelburger Straße 21
97717 Euerdorf
+49 9704 609-3663
d.bauer@perma-tec.de
http://www.perma-tec.com

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GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy announces further steps in Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy has announced further steps in its course towards Industry 4.0 with a new dedicated digital area for Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM) during an event at its plant in Bonn, Germany.

At a meeting with key customers and partners, the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products recently shared plans to start a Metal AM digital enterprise in Q2 2017 using best-in-class workflow, taking the most important aspects of the Industry 4.0 agenda from theory to practice.

Based on intelligent, connected systems, it will benefit from reduced lead times, enabling stronger customization of products. On the process side, business partners will be much more involved in development and production.

GKN is working to drive innovations across the whole Metal AM value chain, from production of metal powder materials, AM design and manufacturing services. It will also provide the first fully digitized AM process chain in serial production for automotive, industrial and consumer products.

Actively shaping the future as innovation leader

As an innovation leader in Metal AM serial production, we are fully committed to taking a pioneering role in the industry in terms of digitalizing our company and our offers. We will actively shape the future and demonstrate that we can do this with the next step we take with our Metal AM serial production plant,“ says Guido Degen, Senior Vice President Business Development & Advanced Technology.

Benefitting the complete value chain

By concentrating on the implementation of digital and production processes, all work steps along the entire value chain will be substantially leaner and more efficient in the future. For example, this promises a noticeable reduction in development and production times in prototype construction in the automotive area. In addition, digital processes allow for considerable advantages compared to conventional process chain and production methods. The plant in Bonn will fulfill the ISO 16949 (automotive), AS 9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical devices) certification norms.

Mix of technology and individual consulting remains the maxim

Individual consulting will continue to play a large role in product development and the optimization of processes. „The combination of personal contact and technical pioneering spirit makes us successful. This is an indispensable part of our corporate DNA and naturally of our new corporate Metal AM strategy,“ says Guido Degen.

Interested in more news about how Metal AM is revolutionizing production methods and business models? Then visit our Innovation Blog: www.gknsintermetals-blog.com.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 6,600 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
Susanne.Huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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Walther Trowal: A new era for high gloss polishing of ceramic surfaces

Vibratory finishing of ceramic components: Perfect surface finishes at surprisingly low costs

Walther Trowal: A new era for high gloss polishing of ceramic surfaces

The new polishing paste PKC is also suitable for finishing orthopedic implants.

The recently developed polishing paste trowapast PKC produces flawless mirror finishes on ceramic work pieces with surface roughness readings of ra = 0.002 – 0.005 µm. These are values, which to date could only be achieved with costly manual polishing. The new finishing process opens entirely new surface finishing possibilities in the fields of decorative ceramics and medical engineering.

Mechanical high gloss polishing on metallic work pieces has been around for many years. To date similar finishes on ceramic components were considered as impossible.

But, because they offer a substantially higher wear resistance compared to metal alloys, the significance of ceramic materials has been growing steadily. When it comes to designer, optical and consumer products, high luster finishes are a key element for their market acceptance. But smooth, shiny surfaces also have a functional dimension for components requiring low frictional resistance. Ceramics made from zirconium provide the required hardness, but smoothing and polishing them by mechanical means was so far an unsolved problem.

Generally, mass finishing is a cost effective method for polishing of a variety of work pieces. The process usually starts out with an aggressive grinding powder followed by a polishing paste that creates a high luster on the work pieces. These polishing pastes contain extremely fine abrasive particles. Unfortunately, on very hard surfaces their material removal rate is often insufficient. For instance, creating a surface reading of ra = 0.02 µm would take such a long time that it would be absolutely uneconomical.

Walther Trowal offers a range of polishing pastes or powders containing minerals with different hardness values and initial grain sizes allowing a wide spectrum of polishing applications on all kinds of materials.

The secret: Sharp edges are becoming rounded

A suitable paste product for the economical polishing of ceramic had yet to be developed. Since for several industrial sectors in recent years this challenge had become more urgent, in 2012, a cooperative of eight companies and research institutes, among them Walther Trowal, was organized with the goal to develop a process for high gloss polishing of ceramics. The project, named KeraOpt, was financially supported by the „NRW-EU-Ziel 2“ fund for industrial research.

Within the group Walther Trowal assumed the task of developing a mass finishing process that allows creating the desired high gloss polishes on ceramic work pieces in a cost effective manner.

Another project of KeraOpt was the development of ceramic inlays for injection molds that produce very fine geometrical structures combined with extremely smooth surfaces.

After comprehensive test trials Walther Trowal could identify a mineral that is suitable for these kinds of applications: Besides producing high gloss polishes on metallic components, it also produces the same type of finish on zirconium ceramics. With the new polishing paste trowapast PKC Walther Trowal has at last a product that can successfully be used for high gloss polishing of all kinds of ceramic components.

The new polishing paste contains a mineral with a relatively large grain size with an initially very high grinding effect. During the process the mineral grains wear down to smaller sizes transforming the process from intensive grinding to fine polishing.

Angelika Helten, managing the chemical lab at Walther Trowal, explains why the new paste is so effective for polishing ceramic components: „The secret is that the PKC paste is changing its technical characteristics during the course of the finishing process. While conventional mineral grains are breaking up into smaller grains with sharp edges, the new minerals are becoming rounded. Expressed simply, they do not create micro scratches on the surface but truly polish, thus producing very shiny surfaces. The result, with surface readings of ra = 0.002 to 0.005 µm, has even surprised us.“

For the ceramic mold inserts mentioned above the same approach was taken that had proven so successful for polishing metallic surfaces. Since the removal rate on ceramic is lower than that on metal, the process lasts longer and requires two different ingredients. With an initial surface roughness of ra = 0.3 µm the first stage with a grinding powder takes about 20 hours. This is followed by a second stage with trowapast PKC that lasts about 40 hours.

The result: A member company in the KeraOpt cooperative now produces the mold inlays for plastic injection molding no longer with tool steel but with ceramic. The surface readings could be reduced from ra = 0.011 to 0.002 µm.

A real success story

Another member of the cooperative is also utilizing the new polishing technology. This company produces decorative components used in the interior of vehicles, for example, gear shifters and control elements for car radios and air conditioners.

All these components, for which the final customer demanded high gloss polishes, consist of zirconium ceramics. To date these parts had to be manually polished. Now, with trowapast PKC they can be mechanically polished with a fully automatic process.

The ceramic components undergo a 72-hour grinding process followed by a 48 hour polishing step and 2 hours for the final brightening. This results in absolutely scratch-free work pieces, which after a subsequent cleaning process can be directly installed.

Christoph Cruse, the general sales manager at Walther Trowal, sees significant advantages for the customers: „The duration of the finishing process may appear very long. But it takes place without any supervision and requires a minimum of operator intervention. Since the new process allows the treatment of batches of 5,000 pieces, the costs per piece a re significantly lower than before.

New possibilities

First feedback from the customers indicates that the new polishing process represents a significant progress towards creating smooth, shiny surfaces on ceramic components. It opens a brand new field of new applications, for example for producing
-Thread guiding parts for textile machinery
-Ceramic coatings of metallic components
-Orthopedic implants
-Components for optical electronics
-Mirrors

Walther Trowal offers interested companies to test the new technology at the Trowal test lab in Haan. This ensures that the technical specifications of potential users are met, before they have to make a purchase decision.

Since 1931 Walther Trowal is developing and producing modular as well as custom engineered solutions for a wide range of surface finishing applications.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years Walther Trowal has continuously broadened its product range and today offers a wide portfolio of equipment and services for improving all kinds of surfaces, e.g. mass finishing, part cleaning, shot blasting and drying of a wide spectrum of work pieces, last but not least, the coating of mass produced small parts.

Walther Trowal offers not only various types of equipment but complete surface treatment systems: By linking the various equipment modules and automating the complete process, we are able to precisely adapt our process technologies to the technical requirements of our customers. This also includes various types of peripheral equipment and process water cleaning and recycling systems. Of course, we also offer comprehensive pre- and after-sale service like sample processing in one of our demonstration labs and global repair and maintenance service.

Walther Trowal supplies customers in various industries around the world. These include automotive and aerospace, medical engineering and wind power generation.

Firmenkontakt
Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Georg Harnau
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225
g.harnau@walther-trowal.de
http://www.walther-trowal.de

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+49.241.89468-44
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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BHS-Sonthofen Appoints New Mixing Division Sales Manager for U.S. Site

Mixing technology for concrete

BHS-Sonthofen Appoints New Mixing Division Sales Manager for U.S. Site

Mike Kerins, the new Mixing Division Sales Manager at BHS-Sonthofen Inc. in Charlotte, North Carolin

Mike Kerins is the new Mixing Division Sales Manager at the American subsidiary BHS-Sonthofen Inc. based in Charlotte, North Carolina. BHS-Sonthofen has appointed him to further strengthen the sales team, which has quadrupled the number of mixers installed in North America since 2011. Moreover, BHS is now offering its customers the option to carry out material and field tests at their own facilities by providing laboratory mixers on a rental basis from the Charlotte location.

BHS-Sonthofen has appointed Mike Kerins to further capitalize on the continually increasing acceptance of BHS mixers in North America. Kerins has over 10 years of experience in the concrete industry through his time with CEMEX and Pavestone and certifications from the American Concrete Institute (ACI), the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA), the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT), and the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT). Kerins has managed the design, start-up, operation and quality control of plants throughout the US. He graduated magna cum laude with a B. Sc from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

Kerins will provide customers with expert technical consulting on all topics concerning BHS mixing technology. He will also draw upon his expertise to oversee tests with laboratory mixers that customers can rent from BHS to run trials at their own facilities.

At BHS-Sonthofen Inc., Kerins will support project management in ensuring even shorter delivery times for mixers and spare parts in the United States.

Dennis Kemmann, the Managing Director of BHS-Sonthofen GmbH, has the following to say of Kerins: „Mike is a recognized specialist who knows his way around concrete plants and construction sites. He has familiarized himself with all different kinds of mixers over the course of his career. We are happy that he has chosen to come on board with BHS-Sonthofen and bring his wealth of expertise to the table.“

Ever since BHS-Sonthofen Inc. established the Mixing Division in 2011, the company has successfully established the German mixers on the American market. For instance, twin-shaft batch mixers make up the lion“s share of the 220,000 m³ of in-situ concrete required to construct the New NY Tappan Zee Bridge. They are also producing tens of thousands of cubic meters of concrete for the bridge“s precast structural elements, some of which weigh over 300 tons. BHS-Sonthofen single- and twin-shaft batch mixers are also becoming increasingly popular for use in dam stabilization projects and for conditioning backfill material in mining applications.

Mike Kerins“ contact information:
-Tel.: (+1-704) 845-1190
-E-mail:michael.kerins@bhs-sonthofen.com

About BHS-Sonthofen Inc. (USA)
BHS-Sonthofen Inc., based in Charlotte, North Carolina, was founded in 1998 as the first BHS-Sonthofen subsidiary in order to address the growing demand for BHS filtration technology in North America and provide local customers with in-depth support. Since 2011, BHS-Sonthofen Inc. has also been responsible for selling mixing technology in North America and started selling recycling technology in the region in 2015.

The Mixing Division established in 2011 supplies single- and twin-shaft batch mixers for continuous and batch operation. The sales team consults North American clients on selecting and dimensioning plants, guaranteeing quick service all the while. Alongside an extensive warehouse for spare and wear parts, the Charlotte site is also home to laboratory mixers available on a rental basis to companies interested in carrying out their own material and test mixing.

BHS-Sonthofen Inc. is also a certified member of the Concrete Plant Manufacturers Bureau“s (CPMB) Mixer Manufacturers division.

About BHS-Sonthofen
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH is an owner-operated group of companies in the field of machinery and plant engineering based in Sonthofen, Germany. The company offers technical solutions for mechanical process technology, concentrating primarily on mixing, crushing, recycling and filtration. With more than 350 employees and several subsidiaries, BHS-Sonthofen has a global presence.

The Mixing Technology division produces batch and continuous mixers and offers a full range of process technology for mixing applications. The twin-shaft batch mixer, which is considered a global benchmark in the concrete industry, is a key product.

For further information, please visit: www.bhs-sonthofen.de

Firmenkontakt
BHS-Sonthofen GmbH
Roland Schmid
An der Eisenschmelze 47
D-87527 Sonthofen, Germany
+49 8321 6099-231
press@bhs-sonthofen.de
http://www.bhs-sonthofen.de

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Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstr. 25-27
52068 Aachen, Germany
+49.241.89468-24
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

Qualification of new materials and parts and strengthening market position are key goals

GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

GKN and EOS collaborate to transform Metal AM into digital manufacturing

Qualification of new materials and parts and strengthening market position are key goals.

GKN Powder Metallurgy, the world leader in powder metallurgy, has joined forces with EOS, the global technology and quality leader in high-end additive manufacturing (AM), to lead the way in business-to-business industrial 3D printing. The two technology leaders agreed on a collaboration, primarily aimed at the automotive market, that integrates both companies‘ excellent positions in their markets.

GKN Powder Metallurgy brings expertise in the transfer of innovative technology from laboratory level to series production, particularly in the automotive sector, capabilities in advanced material and design as well as experience in developing and producing advanced metal powder materials.
As a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in AM, EOS offers all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. Systems, materials and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high part quality.

By GKN and EOS combining their know-how and experience and thanks to the global footprint of both partners, companies can fully exploit the revolutionary possibilities and potential offered by Metal AM. This is fully embedded in GKN’s digital factory approach and the next big step towards the future of series Metal AM production for automotive applications.

Tap potential in production, research new materials

„Metal AM has huge potential to shape the future of industrial manufacturing and its products, and elevating this to a new level. EOS and GKN will take on this challenge together. We want to ensure that more and more companies recognize and use the potential of this innovative technology. At the same time, we want to considerably expand the areas of application with new materials by testing and ultimately using them in series production,“ says Dr. Peter Oberparleiter, CEO GKN Powder Metallurgy.

Dr. Hans J. Langer, founder and CEO of EOS, states: „The collaboration between GKN and EOS is another important step towards integrating industrial 3D printing into existing and future production lines and to leverage the benefits of AM technology for series production. With GKN we have the right partner who offers a high degree of experience with its global presence and its high-performance production for the automotive industry.“

Joint „AM Experience Days“ planned in Europe and North America

End of 2016 GKN Powder Metallurgy and EOS held a first joint „AM Experience Day“ in GKN’s Innovation Centre in Radevormwald, Germany. Based on the huge interest the partners now are planning for 2017 to run eight additional „AM Experience Days“ in Europe and North America for innovative thinkers and decision-makers in the automotive and industrial industry. The goal is to show potential customers the new and nearly limitless possibilities in Metal Additive Manufacturing created by extensive geometrical freedom combined with considerable cost advantages already for small batch sizes.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 6,600 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

About EOS
EOS is the global technology leader for industrial 3D printing of metals and polymers. Founded in 1989, the independent company is a pioneer and innovator for holistic solutions in additive manufacturing. Everything EOS does is founded on the cornerstones of corporate responsibility and sustainability, both inward- and outward-facing. Whereby EOS embraces a deep commitment to customers and their needs.
Like no other company, EOS is mastering the interaction of laser and powder material. Additionally, EOS provides all essential elements for industrial 3D printing. System, material and process parameters are intelligently harmonized to ensure a reliable high quality of parts and thus facilitating a decisive competitive edge. Furthermore customers benefit from deep technical expertise in global service, applications engineering and consultancy.
EOS nurtures a vibrant ecosystem of partners and, by means of venture investments, helps incubate promising start-ups. It’s this interaction along the whole industrial value-chain that enables the development of extensive solutions for 3D printing. Hence contributing to the further digitization and automation of manufacturing.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
Susanne.Huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

Pressekontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

International growth, major events and highlights

A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

A year rich in variety at SKIDATA

Stagnation? Unthinkable for SKIDATA, a leader in access solution innovations! This past year was full of surprises in many areas and the company convinced with its constant growth. Among other milestones, SKIDATA celebrated the opening of two new locations.

New subsidiaries in Dubai and Mexico, additional international growth in the US

Since its founding in 1977, SKIDATA has been characterized by its stable growth and has had an international focus from early on. International markets are better served with our branches and partner companies and customers benefit from faster support on-site. The proximity makes both the coordination with customers and service considerably easier. In 2016 the SKIDATA network grew with two new locations: Dubai and Mexico.

Business in the US was also marked with especially large growth in 2016. SKIDATA continues to pick up speed in the US through company acquisitions and the implementation of major projects, including equipping over 30 parking garages in San Francisco and ten parking garages with over 6,000 parking spaces in the city of Miami Beach.

2016’s major event: European Championship in France

When Europe’s soccer elite gather for an extra special tournament, SKIDATA is also a big player. A total of four European Championship stadiums in France used SKIDATA access solutions, allowing 630,000 fans to quickly and safely enter the stadiums through SKIDATA access systems. Operators of stadiums, convention centers and amusement parks around the world rely on access technology from SKIDATA and a variety of our installations can even be found on every continent.

Company initiatives encourage innovation

In keeping with our „Setting Trends“ corporate value, SKIDATA continuously introduces more initiatives that promote the company’s innovative spirit. The company recognized long ago that in order to produce innovations, it needs an innovation-promoting work environment with a certain amount of freedom. Events such as the three-day „Innovathon“ give employees the opportunity to concentrate 100% on creating new ideas.

Career fairs and exciting insights for IT rookies

In addition to numerous career fairs in which SKIDATA participated as both an employer and a training company, the company also provided the opportunity to take a look at the everyday work of staff at our headquarters in Grödig, Austria. As part of our Summer IT Weeks, IT juniors were treated to an exciting day with plenty of insights into the technology behind our innovative access solutions. Many young men and women used their summer vacation to learn more about careers, as well as professional and training opportunities in the IT sector.

More than 30 young people took the opportunity to gain practical experience in various SKIDATA departments in 2016. Ever more young women are completing internships with our innovative company – this year, nearly half of our interns were female and many of them worked in technical areas. Increasing the appeal of careers in technology for women is an important matter to SKIDATA. For this reason, the company regularly supports initiatives and events geared at getting more women into technology. Events such as our annual Girls‘ Day are a great opportunity for young women interested in technology to get to know more about various technical careers.

Find more behind-the-scenes looks at our current 1,350 employees online: visit https://www.skidata.com/en/corporate/jobs-careers/ and get interesting information, as well as current job vacancies and career opportunities. Here SKIDATA also presents its various departments, introduces you to employees and publishes information about training and apprenticeships at an internationally-successful company.

SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. More than 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centers, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimize performance and maximize profits. SKIDATA Group ( www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group ( www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.

Kontakt
SKIDATA AG
Mag. Belkis Etz
Untersbergstraße 40
5083 Grödig/Salzburg
+43 6246 888-0
jobs@skidata.com
http://www.SKIDATA.com/jobs