In the technology tandem, entrepreneurs and scientists exchange ideas.
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Münsterland Technology Tandems: Office Meets Lecture Hall

The Münsterland Technology Tandems promote the transfer of knowledge between business and higher education institutions in Münsterland. The special feature: An entrepreneur from Münsterland meets a scientist from the Münsterland university landscape in a relaxed atmosphere. At best, the exchange leads to lasting contacts and joint projects between companies and research institutions.

Added value for companies

  • Contacts to research and experts
  • Exclusive technology knowledge
  • Building strategic partnerships with scientific institutions
  • Marketing and PR

Added value for science

  • Contacts in the regional economy (practical needs, acquisition of third-party funding, theses)
  • Scientific cooperation with companies
  • Exchange of students and specialists
  • Student placement

Best Practice: The tandems in exchange

The technology tandems formed in Münsterland were:

Technology tandem: HMT GmbH (Bocholt) & FH Münster

In search of new fields of application

HMT GmbH in Bocholt has been an established, internationally known player in the development and production of flue gas valves for decades. The company would like to use these diverse competences in the design and construction of "large" valves and container solutions in particular to expand its product range in new fields of application.

Their technology tandem partner is Prof. Dr. Markus Schwering, who teaches and researches technology and innovation management at Münster University of Applied Sciences. With Schwering's support, HMT Managing Director Achim Kettlack wants to set up a strategic technology management process together with his team, identify promising fields of application for the existing competences and identify and develop new fields of technology in order to position the company for the future.

During an initial meeting, Markus Schwering and Achim Kettlack agreed as a tandem team to hold a joint workshop: In this workshop, a systematic analysis of the innovative strengths and weaknesses is to be carried out using the Innovation Performance Radar (IPR).

Technology Tandem: Velo de Ville & FH Münster

The video call between Münster UAS and Velo de Ville.
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Ideas for future forms of mobility

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hilmar Apmann from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Münster University of Applied Sciences was looking for partners who would like to develop ideas for future forms of mobility together with students.
Stefan Adam from TAFH Münster GmbH established contact with the company AT Zweirad GmbH. Their bicycle factory manufactures in Altenberge under the Velo de Ville brand. A common topic was quickly identified in a video call with the company. In addition to Prof. Hilmar Apmann, Professors Manfred Große-Gehling and Jochen Korn from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Professor Carolin Schreiber from the Department of Design took part in the exchange.

Münster UAS and Velo de Ville are now working cooperatively to develop new concepts for cargo bikes. In the first phase, the future product designer Minh Phuc Pham will intensively study the users of cargo bikes in his final thesis and derive corresponding recommendations. In the further course, design students will deal with interactions between users and their cargo bike in a project called "Interactive-Future-Cargo-Bike" and students in the field of mechanical engineering will deal with constructive aspects of the actual construction.

Technology tandem: Quinting Zementol Gmbh & Münster University of Applied Sciences

Special concrete structures

Quinting Zementol GmbH is an engineering service provider from Ascheberg in the Coesfeld district. The focus of Quinting's work is on water-impermeable concrete structures, so-called "white tubs", as well as the renovation of concrete floor slabs in accordance with the Water Resources Act. Quinting Zementol supports such projects during planning, construction and execution. Dr.-Ing. Marc Bücker is Managing Director and was interested in an exchange with lecturers from the Münster University of Applied Sciences in the field of reinforced concrete construction or concrete technology.

Therefore, it was obvious that with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dietmar Mähner, the right technology tandem partner was found from Münster University of Applied Sciences. Prof. Mähner from the Department of Civil Engineering is a perfect match for Quinting Zementol with his teaching and research areas in tunnel construction and building structures, especially in the field of water-impermeable structures. The first digital matching was initiated and accompanied by Christian Holterhues, innovation consultant at wfc Kreis Coesfeld. The next step is a visit by Dr.-Ing. Bücker to the laboratories of the Department of Civil Engineering at Münster University of Applied Sciences.

Technology tandem: Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde GmbH & Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

Additive manufacturing processes

For Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde GmbH as a metal processing company with a focus on cutting, edging and welding, it is constantly necessary to deal with new production processes. Particularly in the product area of fans, free design of the geometry opens up possibilities for improving efficiency and expanding the possible applications of the products.
Together with the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences, this technology tandem is evaluating the possibilities of additive manufacturing of dynamic fan impellers with diameters from 400 millimetres. The collaboration includes in particular:

  • Selection of suitable materials and production methods and processes
  • Evaluation of material and process on the basis of e.g. microstructure, hardness, surface quality and costs
  • Determination of optimal parameters for the impellers on the basis of microstructural, mechanical and geometrical properties.

Participants from Ventilatorenfabrik Oelde GmbH

  • Thomas Gandt, technical managing director
  • Ivo Kupka, Head of Production and Materials Management
  • Peter Homann, Head of Order Processing - Fans

Participants from the Westphalian University of Applied Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. Ghazal Moeini, Materials Technology and Joining Technology
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Graß, Production Processes and Metrology, Process Cost Calculation
  • Prof. Dr. Deniz Kurumlu, Materials Science and Testing
  • Dr Gabriela Marginean, Junior Research Group and Graduate Centre

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