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The Tech Ticker Münsterland delivers what the name promises: It provides concise news on technological developments in and from the region. With information that is relevant for technology development in Münsterland. Our tech scouts research, evaluate and select information from the technology Münsterland and keep you up to date with their ticker news. These are published at short intervals in the social media and in collected form here on our homepage.

Exciting news at a glance

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Makerspace in Bocholt

26.11.2021: Whether hobbyists, craftsmen or start-ups - here everyone can develop creatively with the help of new technologies. The Makerspace in Bocholt offers: A variety of modern machines, from cordless screwdrivers to 3D printers. Support with hardware and software projects. Spaces for creative development. Courses in all areas for young and old.

Click here for all further information.

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University, Technologiescout Engineering Pro

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Recycled PET for 3D printing

26.11.2021: Recycled materials do not stop at additive manufacturing either. Sustainability is thus becoming more and more mainstream. Lehmann & Voss Co KG from Hamburg has now developed the Luvcom 3F eco PET filament for the fused filament fabrication process. The material consists of 90 percent recycled PET and is temperature-resistant up to 125 degrees Celsius. This makes it ideal for use in various industries, from mechanical engineering and automotive construction to medical technology.

Click here for Eco-Filament.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Surface Network NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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AI for the optimisation of antibiotic therapy
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Recycling process for HDPE

19.11.2021: The FDA has issued declarations of safety for HDPE post-consumer waste regranulate produced using Starlinger's recycling process and used in HDPE bottle-to-bottle and HDPE cap-to-cap. The recycling process is also followed by an odour removal technology that removes foreign substances instead of binding them by means of additives. This is because food residues that have migrated into the plastic cause unpleasant odours in further production steps. By recycling the packaging, it will soon be possible to save millions of tonnes of virgin HDPE.

Click here for the recycling process for HDPE.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Best of Industry Award 2021

10.11.2021: Which projects stand out? Which products are innovative? Which solutions offer real added value?
These questions are answered by the Best of Industry Award, for which the company Trapo AG is nominated this year in the category "Operating Technology & Material Flow". With the "TLS 3600" loading system, Trapo offers a self-driving high-tech vehicle that revolutionises internal logistics.
Every vote counts! Voting for the Best of Industry Award will continue until 12.11.2021 and is possible here .

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Technologiescout Engineering Pro

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Recyclates as a substitute for primary plastics

05.11.2021: A database will make it easier for SMEs to find the right recyclates for their application. This is the goal that the SKZ Plastics Centre and Plastship have set themselves in the SmaKuRez project until the end of May 2022. Plastics processing companies are thus given the low-threshold opportunity to use mixtures with a defined recyclate content instead of primary plastics.

Click here for SmaKuRez.

Dr. Wiebke Wessling, Surface Network NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Project Think Tank.NRW

05.11.2021: What will the production of the future look like? And what must be done to ensure that the manufacturing industry does not lose touch in the future? These questions are now being explored by the "Datenfabrik.NRW" project, which is being funded with almost 9.2 million euros.
The aim is to develop a framework for change management and IT infrastructure in the manufacturing sector so that this key economic driver of the region is prepared for the digital transformation.

Click here for the press release.

Lukas Rengbers, TAFH Münster, Technology Scout for Digital Solutions

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Starting signal for Smart Factory

03.11.2021: IT and industry are moving ever closer together in the context of Industry 4.0. In order to turn the vision of a "Smart Factory" into a future-oriented reality, the Smart Factory Day at the North Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce laid a foundation stone.
This day marked the launch of an expert network where around 100 companies were able to gain an insight into the industry of the future. The regional network "Smart Factory XChange" was created in the process.

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University, Technology Scout Engineering Pro

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Battery research: cross-border exchange

29.10.2021: Battery research knows no borders. Martin Winter from WWU Münster and Mark Huijben from the University of Twente (Netherlands) report on the transnational exchange in a joint interview. In the long term, there are plans to establish a German-Dutch battery research programme in order to exploit strategic advantages for cooperation. This includes, among other things, a tandem programme for students and scientists as well as joint qualification measures.

Click here for the euregional interview.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Surface Network NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Sustainability vs. digitalisation! Or both?

27.10.2021: 67,900,000 - that's how many hits Google shows when you enter "sustainability". The term "digitalisation" gets 31,900,000 hits. This distribution is also roughly reflected in the strategic planning of mechanical engineers: 68 percent of German mechanical engineers state that sustainability is anchored in the corporate strategy, while 34 percent are planning or discussing the use of digitalisation.
So, which is more important? Sustainability or digitalisation? Or do both go together after all?

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westfälische Hochschule, Technology Scout Engineering Pro

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Securing supply chains in the construction sector through new business models

26.10.2021: With the support of IWARU - FH Münster at Münster University of Applied Sciences, the prosperkolleg will provide information on new approaches to securing the supply of raw materials for companies in an online event on 28.10.2021.

To register.

Gotthard Walter, IWARU, FH Münster, Technologiescout Sustainable Eco

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Poetry analyses or digital production?

20.10.2021: Anyone who has spent the last few years at school knows it for themselves: Poetry analysis, book sentences, discussion of curves or learning vocabulary. Where is the view into the future?

The North Westphalia Chamber of Industry and Commerce offers the "Digital Production Processes Competence Assessment" examination, for which 36 apprentices from the Münsterland region prepared themselves in 220 hours of instruction and 8 modules of industrial value creation.

Industrial revolutions begin in the head and end in production, not the other way around.

It's time to rethink! What do you think? Should the entire school system be rethought in order to prepare future skilled workers in a targeted way for the working day of tomorrow?

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Technology Scout Engineering Pro

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Nuee's Product Codex from OpenAI

18.10.2021: Currently, the nature of programming is in a state of upheaval. Low-code or no-code platforms are a popular tool for creating functional programming code even with little programming knowledge. Graphical user interfaces and configurators are used for this purpose, which makes creation much easier.

The non-profit organisation OpenAI is now going one step further. But how can artificial intelligence support the creation of programme code? The answer to this question is provided by OpenAI's latest product Codex. Based on the language model GPT3, which is capable of processing natural language, Codex has now been further developed. Codex is thus able to independently create functional programme code from spoken instructions.

Click here for the full article.

Lukas Rengbers, TAFH Münster, Technology Scout for Digital Solutions

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Sustainable Future: Lecture Series

15.10.2021: How can our future be shaped sustainably? This is the question addressed in the public lecture series at the WWU Münster this winter semester. Among other things, the latest findings from MEET battery research will be presented (22.11.2021) and the question of how energy transition and climate neutrality can succeed will be addressed (6.12.2021). Let's tackle the future: Get inspired to develop sustainable ideas now!

Click here for the sustainable future.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Artificial intelligence in industry

13.10.2021: Artificial intelligence - AI for short - is one of the most polarising words when it comes to Industry 4.0. But what exactly is behind this broad term? How can manufacturing industries benefit from this interdisciplinary field? What are the advantages and disadvantages of using artificial intelligence? The answer to these and many other questions is provided by a company from Gescher!

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, Technologiescout Engineering Pro

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12.10.2021: The establishment of the Centre for Circular Value Creation in Construction at Münster UAS is funded by the state of NRW. Prof. Sabine Flamme, together with Prof. Henriette Strotmann and Prof. Carsten Bäcker, will establish an interdisciplinary Centre for Circular Value Creation in Construction at Münster UAS. The aim is to develop sustainable strategies that address the entire life cycle of buildings and civil engineering structures. The previous extensive research activities at Münster University of Applied Sciences in this sector will be bundled and further expanded in a targeted manner for this purpose.

Other actors within and outside the university will be specifically addressed and integrated in this context. The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia for two years as part of the Research at Universities of Applied Sciences programme.

Gotthard Walter, IWARU, Münster University of Applied Sciences

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Biochar-based material

8.10.2021: Biochar-based material that consists of 90 percent atmospheric CO2. This is "Made of Air", a thermoplastic that can be moulded for various applications. The material is designed to extract more CO2 from the air than is emitted, thus reversing climate change. After use, the material can be reused.
Click here for the biochar-based material.

Dr. Wiebke Wessling, Surface Network NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Automation trade fair SPS 2021 from 23 to 25 November in Nuremberg

6.10.2021: The "Smart Production Solutions" trade fair covers the entire spectrum of smart and digital automation - from simple sensors to intelligent solutions, from what is feasible today to the vision of a comprehensively digitised industrial world. 750 to 800 renowned exhibitors will present individual automation concepts in hybrid form - both in presence and digitally.
Personal exchange among each other, lectures and live demonstrations are made possible with the help of a well thought-out hygiene concept. Pre-registration is compulsory, access is only possible with 3G proof and a medical mask.

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westfälische Hochschule, Technologiescout Engineering Pro

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Recyclamine®

Recyclamine® enables the recycling of thermoset epoxy composites used in high performance applications. The material was co-developed by CTP Advanced Materials, which is part of the Aditya Birla Group. Recyclamine® is used, among other things, in the manufacture of rotor blades for wind turbines. The future realisation of chemical recycling of Recyclamine® composite components in the form of solvolysis will still be a challenge or an opportunity for suitable industrial partners in both plant engineering and waste logistics.

Click here to find out more about Recyclamine® and other possible applications.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Netzwerk Oberfläche NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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Industry 4.0: Reduce costs and increase efficiency

Industry 4.0 is the goal, but you have to be able to afford it. Often, a return-on-investment calculation focuses on costs such as machine prices, leasing rates, service and IT management costs. But what about internal processes? Holistic TCO considerations provide the answer!

Click here for more information.

Christopher Langner, Westphalian University, Technologiescout Engineering Pro

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Physicist at Münster University of Applied Sciences invents novel seal

A patent has been filed by Prof. Dr Alexander Riedl of Münster University of Applied Sciences for a new type of double-acting gasket suitable for plastic flanges. The idea is to combine a soft seal with a hard seal and thus prevent problems with thermal shock loads or chemical instability. Prototypes of the seals are currently being produced in the ERDF-funded "Double-Seal" project, with which experimental tests are being carried out.

Click here for the novel seal.

Dr Wiebke Wessling, Surface Network NRW e.V., Technology Scout for Materials & Surfaces

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The Enabling Networks project is funded by the European Union and the NRW Ministry of Economics as part of the ERDF call "Regio.NRW".

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