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Asahi Kasei will present Packaging materials solutions at INTERPACK 2017 in Düsseldorf

Asahi Kasei will present Packaging materials solutions at INTERPACK 2017 in Düsseldorf

Barrioflex_Premium_Barrier_Film Asahi Kasei

Düsseldorf, May 8, 2017 – Asahi Kasei Corporation and Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH will exhibit packaging solutions at INTERPACK 2017, held from May 4 to 10 in Düsseldorf, Germany, with many packaging products helping to reduce food waste.

„Mottainai“ is a Japanese term to regret the waste of food, which became famous with Kenyan environmentalist and Nobel Prize winner, Ms. Wangari Maathai. As a Japan origin company, Asahi Kasei has a similar philosophy and tries to reduce food waste with innovative technologies.

Barrioflex TM Premium Barrier Film is one of our innovations to be exhibited, this special film will extend shelf life of food to secure food safety and reduce food waste with its excellent barrier property. Asahi Kasei is going to exhibit various solutions including:

SUNTEC S FILM TM Type E Shrink film – eco-friendly, premium appearance wrapping film for food.

Airlid TM Plastic Lidding Film for Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging.

We are looking forward to welcoming you at Hall 11, Booth C3-01.

Brands, Products and Solutions
Asahi Kasei PVDC Latex
-Ultra-Barrier Type: Asahi Kasei PVDC Latex S823A (Trial Product): Ultra barrier coatings provide superior properties to most other PVDC latexes. S823A is highly recommended for use in pharmaceutical blister packaging.
-Standard Type: Asahi Kasei PVDC Latex S82 and L818C (Trial Product): S821A (top coat) and L818C (base coat) barrier coatings provide a good balance between barrier properties and flexibility. The film structure is recommended for use in blister packaging.

BarrialonTM: SF films have an outstanding gas barrier performance
-Polyvinylidene chloride films with gas barrier properties: Excellent resistance to the passage of oxygen and water vapor protects the contents from oxidation, decomposition, putrefaction.
-Allows high-temperature sterilization: High resistance to heat allows atmospheric boiling sterilization (85 to 100C ) and retort sterilization (120C or lower).
-Excellent transparency: Excellent transparency and gloss make the content look attractive.
-Superior thermal shrinkage: Shrinkage upon contact with heat allows the contents to be lightly wrapped in neat packages.
-Hygienic: BarrialonTM – SF films conform to the specifications and standards stipulated in the Food Sanitation law.

BarrialonTM: Ultrahigh-Barrier film for Lamination
-Excellent performance as a barrier against both oxygen and vapor
-Barrier performance does not deteriorate even under high humidity conditions
-Excellent heat resistance enables retort sterilization
-Thermo formable

Actual applications: Boiling/retorting food, Lid/formed container, Medicines/medical products

BarrioflexTM: Premium Barrier Film
-Barrioflex RS111 film satisfies the highest criteria for food packaging, protection and preservation. It offers a very high oxygen barrier that prevents mold growing and oxidation. Its very high water vapor barriers prevent dry-out and weight loss. The protective Barrioflex barrier keeps odors out and protects flavor integrity. Barrioflex can provide up to 30 days“ shelf life.
-Keeps the great taste of the cheese until consumption, cheese wrapped in Barrioflex Film emphasizes that it“s made handmade, precious and delicious, opposed to industrial cheese packing.

SUNTEC S FILMTM: Type E Shrink film
-Eco-friendly, premium appearance wrapping film for food
-SUNTEC S FILMTM superior clarity allows wrapped products to look their best in every phase of distribution. It is designed for use in refrigerators, freezers, as well as at room temperatures
-Shrinking: shrinks up to 80%, suitable for wrapping various shapes with minimal stress tension, shrinks to fit various shapes without wrinkles or slack
-Clarity and Gloss: The high clarity and gloss makes the wrapped foods look great
-Poke resistance: Superior durability reduces punctures and tears during operation
-Cutting: Easy straight line cutting enhances operation efficiency
-EU regulation: SUNTEC S FILM TM is made from materials listed in the positive list of the EU
-Available sizes: Standard film widths: 380, 450, 500, 600 and 680 mm.

AirlidTM: Plastic Lidding Film for Pharmaceutical Blister Packaging
-Plastic Lidding Film for Pharmaceutical Blister packaging: Enables users to push out tablets as easily as aluminum foil, the innovative plastic lidding film is able to provide solutions that are unachievable with aluminum foil
-Cost saving: Material cost, printing cost, logistics cost, energy costs of blister machine
-Low sealing temperature: Reduces heat damage to tablets
-Weight saving: Productivity and workability can be improved from 60 % weight reduction in comparison with aluminum foil
-Eco-Friendly: reduces carbon footprint by 4 times as compared to aluminum foil

The Asahi Kasei Group is a diversified group of companies led by Asahi Kasei Corp., with operations in the Material, Homes, and Health Care business sectors. Asahi Kasei distributes its innovative technologies and unique materials on markets worldwide.
With more than 30,000 employees around the world, the Asahi Kasei Group serves customers in more than 100 countries. Asahi Kasei is „Creating for Tomorrow“ with all operations sharing a common mission of contributing to life and living for people around the world.

Firmenkontakt
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
Sarah Collisi
Am Seestern 4
40547 Düsseldorf
+49 (0)211 8822 030
info@asahi-kasei.eu
http://www.asahi-kasei.eu

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financial relations GmbH
Henning Küll
Louisenstraße 97
61348 Bad Homburg
+49 (0) 6172 27159 12
h.kuell@financial-relations.de
http://www.financial-relations.de

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Walther Trowal: An amusement park ride served as idea for gentle finishing of high cost work pieces

New drag finishing machine works with overlapping rotational movements.

Walther Trowal: An amusement park ride served as idea for gentle finishing of high cost work pieces

The “Octopus” ride we all know from amusement parks provided the idea for the new machines.

Trowal developed the new drag finisher line M-TMD for processing work pieces requiring perfect surface finishes. The work pieces, mounted to rotating satellite stations, undergo multiple overlapping, pre-programmed, rotational movements. This rotational variation produces optimum finishing results.

Walther Trowal developed the new drag finisher specifically for finishing high value components, which must be handled with extreme care.

Typical work piece examples from the medical engineering industry are hip and knee implants requiring a high gloss polish. In the aerospace industry turbine blades and other components must receive a first-class finish with precise edge radiusing and very smooth surfaces. Examples from the automotive industry include the vanes of turbo chargers, which must not be nicked or damaged during the finishing process.

Christoph Cruse, General Sales Manager at Walther Trowal, foresees a big demand at those customers, who produce high precision, high value components: „With our new equipment line we address precision component manufacturers, who want perfect surface finishes, and where any blemishes like scratches could require scrapping a part. We also target manufacturers demanding tolerances of just a few microns. For these work pieces the M-TMD drag finishers with their optimum flow characteristics open entirely new possibilities.“

The functional principle: A rotation within the rotation

In standard drag finishers the work pieces are mounted to rotating work stations and „dragged“ through the grinding or polishing media. This movement creates a high processing intensity and produces excellent results on many parts.

In the new machines the work stations consist of multi spindle heads with each spindle holding one work piece. In addition to the carousel and work station rotation each spindle has its own rotational movement. In other words: The spindles move in a circle within two larger circles formed by the carousel and work station rotation. This is similar to the movement of the cabins in „Octopus“ rides that can be found at any amusement park.

The drag finisher M-TMD 4 is equipped with 4 multi spindle heads (work stations) with each head containing 3 spindles. In the M-TMD 6 up to 18 work pieces can be processed at the same time.

The independently adjustable rotational speed and rotational direction of the spindle heads and spindles creates a wide range of different movement patterns. In addition, the spindle heads can be tilted in different angles. This allows adjusting the flow characteristics to the specific shape of the various work pieces. With the PLC controller multi stage processing programs can be easily implemented.

During the finishing process the work bowl is vibrating for the optimum mixing of the grinding or polishing media. This guarantees a high degree of process consistency.
The media fines and undersize media, along with the metal fines from the work pieces, are continuously discharged from the machine; another contribution towards process stability and consistency.

Form surface grinding to high gloss polishing

The new Trowal machines can be operated in wet as well as dry processing mode. For surface grinding and smoothing, as well as for certain polishing operations, compound and water are used. In the case of targeted edge radiusing with tolerances of a few micron, for example, hard metal drill bits and milling heads, a dry process with special grinding granulate is utilized. Dry processing with organic polishing media and paste is also suitable for high gloss polishing.

Multiple finishing steps, from pre-grinding all the way to the final polishing stage, can take place in one single machine without the need to remove and remount the work pieces to the work stations: One work bowl filled with a certain finishing media can be easily and quickly removed with a pallet truck and replaced with a bowl containing another media.

Processing trials guarantee proven results

The first unit of the new machine generation has been installed in the Walther Trowal test lab in Haan/Germany. It is available for processing trials with customer work pieces allowing the customers to prove their finishing process, before making an investment decision. This ensures that the customer specifications can be fully met. Once the trials have yielded a viable process, the work piece range and quantity is analyzed to determine machine type & size, media & compound type, process water treatment system and drying method.

Background:
Drag Finishing
The drag finishing technology, developed by Walther Trowal about 30 years ago, has been continuously refined and, today, is an established finishing method that is ten to twenty times more efficient than conventional mass finishing systems.
The work pieces are individually mounted to rotating work stations integrated into a rotating carousel. During the process the parts never touch each other. Once the parts are mounted, the carousel with the work stations is lowered into a work bowl filled with grinding or polishing media. The work stations with the mounted work pieces are then „dragged“ through the stationary media mass. This translates into a highly efficient use of the kinetic energy between work pieces and media.
The new machines of the M-TMD series enlarge this effect by the addition of a third rotational movement of the spindles.

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.

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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Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen/Germany
+49.241.89468-24
+49.241.89468-44
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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New Software for CAD Conversion at the Aircraft Industry

Actual Software Version 3D Evolution supports new STEP Format for the Aerospace Industry

New Software for CAD Conversion at the Aircraft Industry

(Source: CoreTechnologie GmbH)

The German-French software manufacturer CoreTechnologie (CT) has refined its data conversion software 3D Evolution. The current software version supports, among other major CAD formats, already the new STEP AP 242 format, which is a future standard for the collaboration of companies in the aerospace industry. Leading companies in the aircraft industry, such as Lufthansa Technik AG from Hamburg, use 3D Evolution for the STEP data exchange with customers, suppliers and engineering partners.

Future-oriented Solution

STEP AP 242 provides companies with a proven standard that also covers future-oriented topics such as composite materials and kinematics as well as Model-Based Engineering (MDB). In particular, MDB is an important focus because, by dimensioning directly on the 3D model, 2D drawings are about to be replaced.

Further integral components of the new AP 242 standard are the XML representation of assembly structures as well as a comprehensive handling of PDM-relevant meta-information. The new format makes the 3D data description a leading source of information for product data and will serve as a backbone in the entire PLM process.

Based on the STEP AP 242 format the innovative software company already implemented a certified validation process for long-term archiving (LOTAR) of 3D data for a major European aircraft manufacturer.

Further information can be found at www.coretechnologie.com
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Since its foundation in 1998, the software manufacturer CoreTechnologie with locations in Germany, France, USA, Japan and Great Britain has been led by the managing directors Dominique Arnault and Armin Brüning. With innovative products, the visionary company has consistently optimised its product portfolio and secured the technological leadership in the area of conversion software. Each year, CoreTechnologie invests more than 30 per cent of sales in the research and implementation of new technologies and has the most complete product range in this field.

In the focus of technology development is the product line of „3D Evolution“ which guarantees efficient and lossless exchange of complex data structures between independent and heterogeneous CAX software solutions. With extremely powerful native interfaces for all leading CAD systems and for conversion of all common 3D formats, the software module ensures optimal interoperability of most various IT solutions.

Apart from providing visualisation and manufacturing data across most various systems, CoreTechnologie offers outstanding technologies for automatic data correction, feature-based conversion, geometry optimisation, quality control and long-time archiving as well as for visualisation of complex 3D models. The software components for software manufacturers of the most different CAX applications are the company“s second leg.

The customer portfolio of CoreTechnologie comprises more than 400 companies from the automotive, aerospace, engineering and consumer goods industry who are in many cases the quality leaders in their relevant segment.

Firmenkontakt
Core Technologie GmbH
Armin Brüning
Klinger 5
63776 Mömbris
0049 6029 98 999 10
info@de.coretechnologie.com
http://www.coretechnologie.com

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Melanie Schacker
Am Nonnenhof 55
60435 Frankfurt/Main
0049 69 95 20 8991
0049 69 95 20 8992
presse@pr-schacker.de
http://www.pr-schacker.de

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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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Zeeb Kommunikation GmbH
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

Pressekontakt
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

Pressekontakt
VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen/Germany
+49.241.89468-24
+49.241.89468-44
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
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

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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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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Regina Reinhardt
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52068 Aachen/Germany
+49.241.89468-24
+49.241.89468-44
reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
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