Knowledge transfer at a high level


Knowledge transfer at a high level

Partner companies organise the 1st technology seminar 

The pioneering spirit of the partners Reichenbacher Hamuel and Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme was not only almost tangible on the occasion of their common appearance at the Composites Europe in Stuttgart, but also at the first seminar for experts they organised together with Fraunhofer IPA and Schuko in Coburg on November 22, 2018, under the provocative headline “From a driving ban to a milling ban”.   


About 70 participants from all over Germany had come together to attend a technology seminar held in the Orangery at Rosenau Park, which was preceded by a factory tour at Reichenbacher Hamuel and  focused on the machining of hybrid light-weight materials. All those present were well aware that the industry will have to face many new challenges in the future and that only a close cooperation and the interrelationship of key technologies will yield success. In his welcoming speech, Thomas Czwielong, managing director of Reichenbacher Hamuel, summarised the essentials. „Responsibility for the environment and the people is an omnipresent demand. Hybrid materials are becoming ever more important and the challenges presented by machining these materials can only be met when experts cooperate in offering comprehensive solutions for the respective process.“

The guests, among whom were representatives from renowned companies of the German automotive and aircraft sector, as well as experts from universities and research institutes, stated at the end of the all-day seminar how impressed they were by the enormous knowledge transfer. During their factory tour the visitors could see for themselves that even today a major share of the machine projects feature comprehensive solutions and – as a practical example - could witness a live demonstration of carbon milling on the new Reichenbacher TUBE series complemented by Hufschmied tools and Schuko extraction technology.  

The contents of the speeches covered a wide area, starting from light-weight construction, via the critical approach from the medical point of view regarding particulate matter pollution, up to a presentation as to how this factor can be influenced in the opinion of the manufacturers of machines, tools and extraction devices. In her lecture “Clean air in a machining environment seen under the aspects of industrial medicine” medical professor Claudia Traidl-Hoffmann from TUM Munich made an impressive statement in favour of industrial responsibility. She pointed out that the existing long-term results leave no doubt as to the negative effects of fine dust particles on human health and that the consequences are hardly predictable at present. The data from numerous epidemiological studies on the molecular mechanisms of the human-environment interaction are overwhelming, and she impressed everyone by unequivocally addressing these facts during her lecture.  

Subsequently, the managing directors André Schulte-Südhoff from Schuko Absauganlagen and Ralph Hufschmied from Hufschmied Zerspanungssysteme seamlessly dealt with this issue in their presentations and demonstrated their possibilities of making a contribution to better air quality based on their innovative technologies. It was exactly this diversity of aspects that met with a positive reception from the seminar’s participants, even more so as great emphasis was always put on conveying that – even with the best technology available – an individual company can no longer deal alone with the forthcoming challenges. Andreas Gebhardt from Fraunhofer IPA substantiated this with his statement that the customers are interested in a well-functioning comprehensive system. And this necessitates the effective cooperation of the various partners from the very start to ensure a targeted approach to reach the optimum comprehensive solution.

The headline “From a driving ban to a milling ban” formed the perfect basis to start a conversation. It permitted far more detailed and constructive discussions about specific topics than would have been possible during a major fair. Michael Schmitz, master model-maker at Coburg University, said: “I will register for next year’s technical seminars because today’s knowledge transfer was enormous, well-prepared and organised”.

During the final panel discussion Georg Hannig from Scherdel Siment emphasised that it is the task of the machine builder to determine in advance how many chips and other waste material exactly will be caused by the production process in order to be capable of developing an optimum comprehensive concept in cooperation with his partners. Heinrich Timm, board member of CCev, pointed out that light-weight construction is particularly indispensable in the e-mobility sector and specified his criticism of the current statutory limits for particulate matter pollution in various environments, which, in his opinion, are incomprehensible and unfair. He demands to revert to a reasonable application of limit values to prepare the ground for sustainable solutions which will be fair for everyone – for the people, for our health and for the economic interests of the companies.