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Politics Law Society

Competition law: Goods on display must feature total price on label

Competition law: Goods on display must feature total price on label

Competition law: Goods on display must feature total price on label

The final cost of goods on display needs to be readily apparent to customers. According to a recent ruling of the Oberlandesgericht (OLG) Hamm [Higher Regional Court of Hamm], quoting only part of the price constitutes a violation of competition law.

The instant case before the Oberlandesgericht Hamm concerned an exhibition piece at a furniture store. The store had furnished a set of couches with a price tag featuring a notice stating that accessories were available for delivery in return for payment of an extra charge. The exhibited items pertaining to the set were listed on the back of the price tag with unit prices. This resulted in a substantial increase in the price of the furniture on display.

An association dedicated to combatting unfair competition took legal action against this, arguing that this price labelling was in breach of competition law. It demanded that the exhibitor refrain from labelling the goods on display with prices that do not match the final cost.

The action was successful. In its ruling of March 21, 2017, the OLG Hamm held that the price labelling in question contravened competition law and violated the so-called „Preisangabenverordnung“ [Price Quotation Ordinance] (Az.: 4 U 166/16). The Court ruled that pursuant to the Ordinance the vendor had been obligated to quote total price of the exhibition piece, as the furniture store had made a variant offer in its exhibition rooms concerning the fittings, which appeared to consumers to represent a uniform portfolio of services. The notice stating that accessories were available for delivery in return for payment of an extra charge was said not to change this fact. On the contrary, this notice could be understood by consumers to mean that further accessories above and beyond those featured in the variant offer were available for delivery.

The Court went on to say that the furniture store had been obliged to quote the final cost of the piece of furniture on display, concluding that it was not enough to refer to additional sums on the back of the price tag and thus leave the customer having to calculate the final cost for himself.

We at GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte wish to point out that pursuant to the Preisangabenverordnung a vendor of goods or services is obligated in price quotations directed at consumers to include VAT plus any additional price components in the total price. In other words, the customer needs to be able to immediately identify how much purchasing the goods would cost him.

Violations of competition law may be met with sanctions, including formal written warnings, injunction suits or claims for damages. Lawyers who are versed in the field of competition law can fend off or enforce claims arising from a violation of competition law.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24

Business Economy Finances

Safe medications thanks to new test procedures

High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) invests in Reutlingen-based SIGNATOPE GmbH

Safe medications thanks to new test procedures

Founder-team of SIGNATOPE: Thomas Joos, Oliver Pötz, Hannes Planatscher (Source: Signatope GmbH)

(Stuttgart/Tübingen/Bonn) – High-Tech Gründerfonds is investing EUR 600,000 in Reutlingen-based SIGNATOPE GmbH. SIGNATOPE will use the funds to advance the development of its unique biomarker assay system, that has been established to support pharmaceutical research. The technology is based on special antibodies and allows the early detection of possible side effects during the drug development process. Thereby, the need for animal testing will be reduced while the drug becomes safer and the process more cost-efficient. SIGNATOPE has already secured a number of renowned companies as clients of the new technique.

Before new drugs get approval they are subjected to comprehensive tests in cell culture and animal models to assess their efficacy and toxicity. The biomarker assays developed by SIGNATOPE are able to detect organ damage and drug side effects. As biomarkers might differ between humans and animal models, to date a multitude of tests have been applied for this analysis. During phase I of the GO-Bio program, which is being funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the team at the NMI Natural and Medical Sciences Institute at the University of Tübingen developed a novel technique, which quantifies relevant biomarkers not only in humans but also across a wide variety of species. „Our technique delivers quantitatively comparable data, regardless of the selected test model. We are able to detect even the tiniest amount of biomarkers in urine and blood samples. This helps to cut down significantly on time and costs with respect to drug development,“ explains Oliver Pötz, CEO at SIGNATOPE.

As a major German seed stage investor, HTGF sees huge potential in the new approach devised by the Reutlingen researchers. „The team really impressed us with this pioneering technology. In comparison to traditional histopathological techniques involving tissue sections, non-invasive biomarker assays are becoming increasingly relevant in the development of new drugs,“ explains Dr. Lena Krzyzak, Investment Manager at HTGF.

SIGNATOPE was founded by scientists Hannes Planatscher, Thomas Joos, Octavian Schatz and Oliver Pötz, together with the NMI. „As a business-minded incubator, the NMI is the nucleus behind many successful start-ups,“ explains Dr. Klaus Eichenberg, Managing Director of BioRegio STERN Management GmbH. „It is a good example of how to fuse innovative research with successful business in the region.“

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.

BioRegio STERN Management GmbH
Klaus Eichenberg
Friedrichstrasse 10
70174 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-870354-0

Zeeb Kommunikation GmbH
Anja Pätzold
Hohenheimer Straße 58a
70174 Stuttgart
+49 (0)711-6070719

English Press Releases

Intakt-Reisen is awarded a gold rating from eKomi

With 4.9 out of 5 points, the round trip provider Intakt-Reisen earns a top score among Germany’s tour providers.

Intakt-Reisen is awarded a gold rating from eKomi

(Source: @ eKomi)

Berlin, May 18, 2017 – Since 1995, the Berlin-based specialist travel provider Intakt-Reisen has gradually developed a broad customer base with a high quality standard with the motto „Actively experiencing nature“. For many years, all company processes have followed an annual quality management practice, certified by DIN ISO 9001.

Feedback from travel customers was recorded transparently, using a ratings platform in cooperation with eKomi, Europe’s largest independent provider of transaction-based customer opinions and product evaluations. Prior to December 2016, the company collected reviews internally. Since partnering with eKomi in December 2016, visitors have been able to instantly read reviews posted on the ratings platform. Over all ratings, the total score was 4.9 out of a maximum of 5. This is how Intakt-Reisen made it into the top tier of a group of over 14,000 evaluated companies. This honor is awarded the gold plaque, eKomi“s highest rating level.

The detailed evaluations can be viewed via the eKomi window at The majority of the evaluations were based on customer-oriented individual advice, fast response times and a comprehensive knowledge of the target areas and travel offers.

The variety of offers is a challenge, as the travel program features nearly 100 countries and offers several tour proposals of different character for each. At the same time, the customers appreciate the comprehensive and specialized advice on round trips with a more active style: the broad target group of different ages and physical requirements needs a high degree of understanding. In addition, among the classic long-distance destinations in Africa, the Americas and Asia, there are also less well-known countries such as Mozambique, Nicaragua and Mongolia available.

Intakt-Reisen GmbH & Co. KG

Shortly after its founding in 1995, Intakt-Reisen GmbH & Co. KG ( was the first German travel provider on the Internet. From the outset, the focus was on round trips, which enable an active experience of nature. Routes are chosen away from mass tourism, for smaller groups. As often as possible, clients stay in personally managed, lovingly designed hotels, country-style inns, lodges or tents.
In the course of the travel program, the utmost attention is paid to an active aspect on the trips. This means that whenever possible, hiking or bicycle tours, canoe or kayak trips are included, guaranteeing a close encounter with wildlife, landscape information and cultures.

eKomi Ltd.

eKomi, The Feedback Company, is Europe’s first and largest independent provider of transaction-based customer feedback and product reviews. As a global Google partner with over 200 employees and headquarters in Berlin and Los Angeles, as well as offices in London, Madrid and San Francisco, eKomi has collected and published more than 40 million customer reviews.
More than 14,000 companies use eKomi’s social commerce technology to gain customer trust. EKomi’s unique social commerce technology allows companies, sellers and customers to submit product evaluations and social recommendations online, thus generating a positive, viral effect on various social media platforms and websites.

Intakt-Reisen GmbH & Co. KG
Toralf Kahlert
Bartningallee 27
10557 Berlin
+49 (0)30 2061 6488-0

Environment Energy

meteocontrol to present monitoring highlights at Intersolar 2017

SCADA and monitoring solutions at meteocontrol“s tradeshow booth B2.230

meteocontrol to present monitoring highlights at Intersolar 2017

Augsburg, 05/23/2017. New portal features in the virtual control room, a new turnkey solution for systems up to 750 kWp and SCADA for solar parks with local maintenance personnel: These are just a few of the things visitors can expect to see live at meteocontrol GmbH“s booth 230 in hall B2 under the thematic umbrella of information security.

Systematic security concept
„Information security has been our highest priority at meteocontrol since long before the „WannaCry“ cyber attacks,“ says Robert Pfatischer, Managing Director of meteocontrol. „We work continuously on bettering our security concept and are pursuing ISO 27001-certification. Even if the operator is ultimately responsible for system security, we implement the most current security standards in our hardware and software so that our customers are always secured.“ The company will present the latest updates at Intersolar. Port forwarding in conjunction with the blue“log X series has long been unnecessary. The public accessibility of the data loggers is thus systematically prevented from the outset. The encrypted connection to the VCOM enables secure, convenient remote access for maintenance and setup. The data logger itself is upgradeable at every level up to the Linux Kernel so that general vulnerabilities such as those found in TLS encryption can be rectified quickly, too. Special security against digital attacks is also a requirement in direct marketing. „We use Insys routers in our stations for encrypted VPN connection to the direct marketer so that we can stay up-to-date even with rapid technological advancements and high standards,“ explains Pfatischer.

What to see at the booth: Station for 750 kWp solutions and the SCADA system
At our booth, operators of PV systems with an installed output of up to 750 kWp can discover our fully encrypted turnkey solutions for monitoring, grid feed-in management and direct marketing. For a fixed price you will receive a system solution – including the control cabinet and the necessary components – that is customized to meet your requirements. meteocontrol manages every phase of the project, from project planning to system commissioning. The package price includes all travel costs within Germany.

In a live demo, meteocontrol will present the SCADA Center for system monitoring on site. Data is stored in a local industrial server, enabling monitoring to take place independent of a stable internet connection. The maintenance personnel can monitor and control the system in real time and rectify any faults quickly. meteocontrol recently installed the local monitoring system for a 20-MWp PV system in Japan.

meteocontrol grants longer manufacturer“s warranty
For projects with complete solutions, meteocontrol is now granting its partners a project-related manufacturer’s warranty of five years on all supplied hardware components. The warranty applies to complete solutions that comprise the planning, supply and commissioning of the system by meteocontrol. Naturally the statutory warranty period of 24 months applies even if the customer does not take advantage of the project-related manufacturer’s warranty.

VCOM: Monthly releases with new features
meteocontrol continuously refines the virtual control room and delivers new software features every month to make the portal more user-friendly, provide innovative analysis tools, and make the monitoring of large system portfolios more effective. The company has been able to successfully integrate the measurement data of different monitoring systems and platforms into the VCOM. Different PV projects can thus be bundled together ideally and monitored and controlled efficiently. The new VCOM API (Application Programming Interface) is another example of the innovative development ongoing in the software division: The interface enables data retrieval from measuring and technical system data, as well as the VCOM connection to third-party systems. meteocontrol plans to present its innovations in reporting with the next release in June.

Visit meteocontrol at Intersolar 2017 at booth 230, hall B2.

meteocontrol, EU headquarter based in Augsburg, Germany and APMEA headquarter based in Shanghai (China), with offices and branches in Chicago (U.S.A.), Lyon (France), Madrid (Spain) and Milan (Italy) offers energy and weather data management, yield reports, quality audits and technical due diligence as well as monitoring of PV systems of all sizes. meteocontrol has more than 40 years of expertise in renewable energy systems and has so far been involved in projects with a total investment volume of more than 13 billion Euros. In addition, meteocontrol is the market leader for professional remote monitoring of PV systems. meteocontrol monitors around 43,000 PV systems around the globe with a total power of over 12 GWp. meteocontrol is a member of SFCE Shunfeng International Clean Energy Limited.
Further information:

meteocontrol GmbH
Barbara Koreis
Spicherer Str. 48
86157 Augsburg
+49 821 34 666-40
+49 821 34 666-11

epr-elsaesser public relations
Andrea Schneider
Maximilianstraße 50
86150 Augsburg
+49 821 450879-18
+49 821 450879-20

Politics Law Society

Terminating employment relationship and prior formal warnings

Terminating employment relationship and prior formal warnings

Terminating employment relationship and prior formal warnings

Formal written warnings play an important role in the field of employment law, with one often being a prerequisite to the employer effectively terminating an employment relationship.

Generally speaking, a prior formal warning is necessary if the reason cited for terminating the employment relationship relates to the conduct of the employee in question, i.e. in cases of dismissal on grounds of conduct. Notwithstanding this, a formal written warning needs to meet certain criteria if it is to be judged a formal warning from a legal perspective. Merely reprimanding the employee is not sufficient for this purpose.

A formal warning needs to explicitly refer to the employee“s misconduct. Generalized statements that the employee is in breach of his obligations as laid out in the employment contract are not enough; the conduct that is the subject of the formal warning needs to be described in detail. If, for instance, the employee frequently turned up to work late, the employer must be able to reference this misconduct including the relevant dates and times. The employer must also clearly admonish the employee“s conduct as a violation of the employment contract as well as make it clear that this behaviour will not continue to be tolerated and that dismissal is possible if the employee fails to change his behaviour going forward. The formal warning must therefore serve as notice of the misconduct and at the same time as a warning to the employee of the potential consequences under employment law.

Furthermore, employers ought to realize that waiving the option of issuing a formal written warning in relation to misconduct may be interpreted as tacit consent to this behaviour and thus as an amendment to the employment contract.

A formal warning is supposed to give the employee the opportunity to change his behaviour and not put the employment relationship at risk. That being said, the employer“s patience need not be endless, it not being compelled to issue repeated formal warnings before finally issuing notice of dismissal on grounds of conduct. It ought to be noted, however, that the reason cited for dismissal needs to match that cited in the formal warning. Otherwise, the formal warning is not relevant.

In cases involving compulsory redundancy or dismissal on grounds of personal capability, a prior formal warning is typically not necessary due to the fact that there is no misconduct on the part of the employee here.

Lawyers of the law firm GRP Rainer LLP, who are experienced in the field of employment law can advise employers on matters pertaining to formal warnings, dismissal as well as in relation to other legal issues.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

GRP Rainer LLP
Michael Rainer
Augustinerstraße 10
50667 Cologne
+49 221-27 22 75-0
+49 221-27 22 75-24

Science Research Technology

The 12th AIRTEC, always one step ahead: Highly international and innovative!

New venue: Near international Airport Munich, Germany – attractive and time-saving – B2B-Meetings in the focus

The 12th AIRTEC, always one step ahead: Highly international and innovative!

AIRTEC 2017 Logo (Source: AIRTEC GmbH & Co. KG)

Frankfurt am Main/ Munich, 22 May 2017: AIRTEC 2017 takes place from October 24th until 26th, 2017 in the AeroExpoPark, a new expanding event area, located near the international Airport Munich, Germany. This year, again in the region of Bavaria, Germany, AIRTEC moves according to the customer requirements close to the international Airport Munich. AIRTEC is presenting itself for the 12th time as a strong, highly international B2B-meeting event. It has followed the desire of the customers to attend the B2B-meetings of AIRTEC 2017 fast and time-saving. In only 20 minutes after landing at the international Airport Munich the B2B-meeting participant, procurement or technology manager will be at the booth of the exhibitor. A continuous shuttle service and VIP service bring the visitors and the B2B-meeting participants during three days fast , comfortable and therefore time-saving and efficiently to the exhibitors of AIRTEC 2017. Unlimited parking space is provided. The parking area is located directly in front of the exhibition area. The new venue is in the environment of many different sightseeing attractions. A special program will be offered by AIRTEC 2017.

Christoph Martin, Managing Director at Georg Martin GmbH, a long years exhibitor and committee member of AIRTEC, welcomes the new venue in Bavaria: „The new exhibition location of AIRTEC, AeroExpoPark, next to the international Airport Munich, I believe, is an excellent idea. Where else, you receive such a precious B2B matchmaking platform for aerospace together with a really relaxing logistics and environment? I am looking forward to a highly efficient and highly qualified exhibition date without having to consider stressing how to get to and from the venue. Technology and procurement/supply chain managers experience the region of Bavaria, which unites everything, which this county makes it, what it is, a technology centre for aerospace and a meeting-place for this industry regarding new trends and topics. Very important also the business opportunities due to a great number of international buyers and an equally broad range of specialized suppliers.“

In this year, especially due to the nearness to the international Airport Munich, B2B-meetings are in the focus. 18,000 B2B-meeting participants from 45 nations are expected. Ralf Banitzki, sales director at Latelec GmbH, Germany, exhibitor and advisory board member is convinced about the successful B2B-Meetings: „I have attended already many B2B-meeting events and would therefore like to emphasize, that the AIRTEC B2B tool, through which the appointments for the B2B-meetings are arranged for AIRTEC beforehand, is the best tool, which I have ever used – highly professional and very user-friendly. We will also exhibit this year at AIRTEC 2017.

This year not only buyers from OEMs and primes, but also from Airlines are invited. Also suppliers from different tiers are invited with their purchasing and R&D departments. The new venue „AeroExpoPark“ offers an event area over 100,000 sq, where AIRTEC 2017 with big exhibition pavilions and numerous other pavilions for special exhibits, international conferences and catering, corresponding to air shows, will be presented. Up to 800 participants from 40 nations, among them numerous joints stands, are represented: From Europe, USA, Canada, India, Israel, Pakistan, China and further nations. The exhibitors come from all fields of the aerospace supply chain – from design, engineering up to materials, composites and metals furthermore to manufacturing, additive manufacturing, industry 4.0., digitalization. Electronics, sensors, testing, avionics, components and systems and life cycle support.

The international congress presents new highlights. The different conferences for aeronautics, helicopter, unmanned airborne systems and space offers the participants an extensive congress program with highly innovative topics.

AIRTEC is the World Aerospace Supply Fair with combined pre-arranged B2B-meetings and a highly qualified and international congress. Since 2006 AIRTEC takes place annually and represents the entire aerospace supply chain from design, engineering, testing and simulation over materials, production, tools, components, systems, electronics, sensors, avionics up to life cycle support, all at one exhibition place. At the international exhibition the international audience receives a varied overview of the aerospace supply industry where innovations, new technologies and trends are represented. Due to the unique exhibition B2B Meeting concept, AIRTEC is more than a traditional trade fair. The core of AIRTEC are the B2B meetings that are pre-arranged via a sophisticated B2B matchmaking platform prior to the event. The meetings take place during the three days of AIRTEC and in this way enhances the intensive exchange with potential business partners from Germany and abroad. The program is accomplished by an international aerospace congress, where experts from industry and research discuss new developments and trends. This combination of an international exhibition, B2B-meetings and an international congress makes AIRTEC one of the world-wide leading meeting-places in the aerospace industry.

Diana Schnabel
P.O. Box 700164
60596 Frankfurt am Main
+49-69-27 40 03 54

Automotive Traffic

Huf: The success story of a TPMS pioneer

A driving force behind tire safety for 20 years

Huf: The success story of a TPMS pioneer

Sensors of the TPMS pioneer Huf then and now.

What hit the market as a safety innovation 20 years ago is today a successful product that drivers do not want to be without. Since 1997, Huf Electronics Bretten (formerly BERU Electronics) has been supplying direct measuring tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) to a growing number of automotive manufacturers, making it one of the most important suppliers in this product segment.

„In 20 years, our product has not only improved significantly, but the design has also changed“, says Ralf Kessler, TPMS Development Manager at Huf, referring to sensor generations 1 through 5, which have become smaller and smaller while performing better and better. Direct monitoring systems display the actual pressure in each individual tire, so that the driver can react immediately in the case of pressure loss. Huf’s tire pressure sensors are particularly robust in order to withstand extreme environmental demands. The sensors can not only handle temperatures between -40 and 150 degrees Celsius, but also mechanical loads of up to 2000 G. Such excellent performance is required in particular by the sports car manufacturers Huf supplies of their products at speeds over 300 km/h.

A winning strategy

As ever, the two most important features are innovation and quality. In addition to numerous individual customer sensors, we also offer a universal sensor for the spare-parts trade. It can be used for all common tire pressure monitoring systems. In terms of quality, the Bretten specialist continues to bet on German manufacturing. Particularly noteworthy is the outstanding, high-precision fit of the sensors. „Our sensor design fits all manner of rims perfectly thanks to the optimal screw connection concept. Not least because of this, Huf received the Red Dot Design Award for its sensor concept,“ says Ralf Kessler.

Tire pressure monitoring systems by Huf – for automotive manufacturers worldwide

Over the past 20 years, Huf Electronics Bretten has been producing tire pressure sensors for major automotive manufacturers all over the world. Customers include Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes Truck, Mini, Novabus, Porsche, Prevost, SsangYong, Volkswagen, Volvo Truck.

Huf develops and produces tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) for renowned automobile manufacturers all over the world: Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Bentley, Bugatti, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Maserati, Mercedes Truck, Mini, Novabus, Porsche, Prevost, SsangYong, Volkswagen, and Volvo Truck, just to name a few.
In addition to offering original replacement sensors for the replacement parts market, Huf also offers the IntelliSens universal sensor, which has the best vehicle coverage in the market and can be installed faster than any other sensor due to its unique concept. Numerous valves, accessories, and tools from ATEQ and Bartec round off our product range. With the new IntelliSens app, tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) can now be diagnosed and configured even faster and easier.

Huf Hülsbeck & Fürst GmbH & Co. KG
Dipl. Oec. Ute J. Hoppe
Steegerstr. 17
42551 Velbert
+ (0)2051/ 272 572

Science Research Technology

Gentle finishing of extremely thin work pieces with Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines

Deburring, edge radiusing, surface smoothing and polishing of mass-produced work pieces

Gentle finishing of extremely thin work pieces with Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines

Walther Trowal offers fully automatic systems with work piece loading and unloading

With the innovative option „gap rinsing“ the new Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines from Walther Trowal are ideal for finishing extremely thin fine-blanked parts. The new machines lower the investment expenditures and offer high uptimes.

Walther Trowal is the first supplier of mass finishing equipment who brings a new line of TT centrifugal disk finishing machines to the market with spinner and wear ring completely made from polyurethane and a rinsing system for the gap between spinner and stationary work bowl. This system prevents thin parts getting caught in the gap and get damaged. The new TT machines are a cost effective, highly wear resistant alternative to conventional mass finishing machines, especially for processing very thin work pieces.

To date the removal of burs and radiusing of edges on thin, relatively small parts required the use of centrifugal disk machines with special spinners made from ceramic or tungsten carbide steel. To prevent thin parts getting caught in the gap between the rotating spinner and stationary work bowl the precise setting of the gap was crucial for achieving the required finishing results.

Since even minor damage of the delicate spinner could result in high repair costs, the engineers at Walther Trowal were looking for a more economic solution.

The recently developed gap rinsing system now allows utilizing the spinners and wear rings Walther Trowal has been employing in large quantities in its standard centrifugal disk machines. This helps to drastically reduce the equipment expenditures, because PU is much less complicated to handle than, for example, ceramic materials. In addition, the gap size can be easily adjusted with the proven standard gap setting system. The pressure created by the rinsing system ensures that thin parts can no longer be drawn into the gap between spinner and wear ring.

Contrary to other mass finishing systems for deburring and grinding of thin components the new disk machines are operating with high water level in the work bowl. This helps prevent the work pieces from sticking to each other or clinging to the wall of the work bowl.

Christoph Cruse, general sales manager at Walther Trowal, sees significant benefits for his customers: “ Our new machines represent an economic, low-wear solution. Ceramic materials used to date are relatively brittle and can easily chip! This can cause costly damage to spinner and wear ring. Since we have worked with polyurethane for many years, we are very familiar with this material. To come to the heart of the matter: We have developed a smart, cost effective solution that works great for our customers.“

Walther Trowal offers the option „gap rinsing“ across the complete range of Turbotron disk finishing machines, from simple stand-alone units with manual work piece loading and unloading to large, fully automatic systems with hydraulic loader, external vibratory screening machine and media return conveyor.


Surface finishing with Turbotron centrifugal disk finishing machines

The high processing intensity, typical for the Walther Trowal centrifugal disk finishing machines, is achieved by the highly intensive interaction between processing media and work pieces and the high pressure of the media on the work piece surface created by the centrifugal force of the rotating spinner.

The spinner rotates with a speed of between 60 and 250 U/min. The centrifugal force created by this movement pushes the mix of work pieces, media and process water up the inner wall of the stationary work bowl. Once it has lost its kinetic energy the work piece/media mix collapses back to the spinner, from where it is accelerated again.

Facts about Walther Trowal

Since 1931 Walther Trowal develops, manufactures and markets modular and custom engineered solutions in the field of surface finishing.

Initially only making vibratory finishing equipment, over the years 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 parts, 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.

Walther Trowal GmbH & Co.KG
Christoph Cruse
Rheinische Str. 35-37
42781 Haan/Germany
+49 2129.571-209
+49 2129.571-225

VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen/Germany

English Press Releases

Robotic Couch RPS automatic ensures improved radiation therapy

Narrower penumbra with new technology

Radiation therapy is meant to treat tissues with cancer by applying ionizing radiation while protecting healthy tissue as far as possible. The balance between an effective radiation dose in the target area and clear differentiation from healthy cells is at the focus. The Robotic-Couch RPS automatic with six degrees of freedom permits positioning of the patient in the virtual isocenter. This is progress for stereotactic radiation, because the penumbra (half-shade) can be reduced this way. On the other hand, the virtual isocenter helps avoid collisions in non-coplanar radiation therapy. gkteso GmbH from Bobingen will present the RPS automatic at the ESTRO 36 in Vienna from May 5th to 9th, 2017.

The virtual isocenter creates new dimensions in radiation therapy. The background for this is the option to either move the patient closer to the gantry with the radiation to match the demand and procedure, or to enlarge distances. Both are important: stereotactic radiation will profit from closer proximity to the gantry, while non-coplanar radiation therapy works with less collision at a larger distance.

Reducing the penumbra – ideal for stereotaxia
The range where the radiation dose drops from 80 to 20 percent at the sides of the field edge is called half-shade or penumbra. The narrower the half-shade, the more sharply and precisely can the radiation volume be limited. Surrounding healthy tissue or organs at risk can be protected better this way. In addition to the size of the radiation source and the properties of the blind system, the penumbra is also influenced by the distance between the collimator opening and the isocenter. A shorter distance between the blind opening and the isocenter reduces divergence, i.e. fanning open of the treatment beam, and thus reduces the half-shade.

„The virtual isocenter also permits much more precise stereotactic radiation therapy,“ says Dr. Klaus Bratengeier, deputy department manager of medical physics at the university hospital of Würzburg. For treatment in the area of the head, the patient’s head is fixated with customized frames and masks for stereotactic radiation, to keep surrounding nerve tracks and brain areas out of the treatment beam. The synchronous movement of the RPS automatic and gantry makes it possible to reduce the distance between the gantry and the patient to a minimum. This improves focus of the radiation field, so that the tumor can be outlined very precisely and clearly by the treatment. The blinds of the multi-leaf collimator are mapped much more finely and precisely in the target area than was previously possible.

The virtual isocenter creates space for the non-coplanar radiation therapy
Before starting radiation therapy, treatment is planned using imaging procedures and the gantry movements are calculated. The spatial situation often limits the movements the gantry can perform. For reasons of safety, collisions with the patient or the patient bed must be avoided. If a virtual isocenter is defined, the distance between the gantry and the patient can be increased to permit additional radiation angles. When the RPS automatic is additionally coupled to imaging procedures, very small position changes of the tumor due to breathing movement in the chest area or peristalsis in the stomach area can be compensated by motion or gantry, in order to further improve treatment quality.

RPS automatic at ESTRO
The RPS automatic will be presented at ESTRO 36 in Vienna from May 5th to 9th, 2017. Interested trade fair visitors can see the options of the RPS automatic on site. The mobility in six degrees of freedom is conducted with movements that are as precise as they are gentle. The very stiff lying surface prevents quality loss even at strong loads. RPS automatic can be coupled with any common linear accelerator and system.

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ESTRO Wien 5. bis 9. Mai 2017
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Purchase of further tax CDs possible – Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

Purchase of further tax CDs possible – Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

Purchase of further tax CDs possible - Voluntary disclosure for tax evasion

Since 2010, the German exchequer has reeled in a nationwide total of around six billion euros by way of voluntary declarations for tax evasion. For tax dodgers, voluntary disclosure remains the only way out.

While the number of voluntary declarations has gone done noticeably in recent months, this should in no way give tax evaders a false sense of security. The cross-border fight against tax evasion continues. In the period since suspicions were raised concerning the possibility of a Swiss agent having spied on German tax investigators, North Rhine-Westphalia“s Finance Minister, Norbert Walter-Borjans, has disclosed to the newspaper Rheinische Post that the regional government will not be intimidated and that it was not ruling out purchasing more CDs containing information on tax evaders as part of the fight against tax evasion.

In light of the automatic exchange of financial information, tax dodgers should also be worried about their illicit earnings in foreign accounts being detected by the tax authorities. As a consequence, the risk of tax evasion being uncovered followed by the threat of severe penalties continues to go up. The only means of returning to a state of tax compliance is voluntary disclosure leading to immunity. However, this is only possible if the tax evasion has not yet been discovered. In addition to being submitted on time, the voluntary declaration also needs to be both complete and error free for it to be capable of succeeding.

For this reason, it is almost impossible for a layperson to submit an effective voluntary declaration without expert assistance. For those who nevertheless attempt to do so on their own or with the help of standard templates, they are running the risk of the voluntary declaration failing. The complex processes involved simply cannot be accounted for in this way. A voluntary declaration must always be tailored to the specific circumstances. Even minor errors can result in the voluntary declaration failing, with the prospect of a conviction for tax evasion then still on the horizon. In this case, voluntary disclosure can only have a mitigating effect on sentencing.

To prevent this from happening, lawyers and tax advisors who are experienced in the field of tax law can be consulted. GRP Rainer Rechtsanwälte takes the view that each case of tax evasion is unique and it is therefore necessary for the voluntary declaration to take into account the respective circumstances. There is no such thing as a ready-made voluntary declaration. It needs to be tailored to the specific circumstances of a given case. Only then can it succeed and lead to immunity.

GRP Rainer LLP is an international firm of lawyers and tax advisors who are specialists in commercial law. The firm counsels commercial and industrial companies and corporations, as well as associations, small- and mid-sized businesses, self-employed freelancers and private individuals worldwide from offices Cologne, Berlin, Bonn, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt, Hamburg, Munich, Stuttgart and London UK.

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