HFU to cooperate with thyssenkrupp in Rottweil

Prof. Dr. Niels Behrmann talks about technological and digital change at the Furtwangen University Study Centre in Rottweil.

The Rottweil Study Centre of Furtwangen University (HFU) recently welcomed 35 national and international guests. Besides visiting the new Testing Tower in Rottweil, the Cross-BA Leadership Group of thyssenkrupp AG also visited the Study Centre as part of their thyssenkrupp Academy Leadership professional development programme.

The teaching and research facilities of the university Study Centre were set up in the former workshops of the gunpowder factory in the Neckar Valley in March 2016. Professor Dr. Volker Bucher and Professor Dr. Gunter Ketterer showed visitors round the high-tech lab facilities. Professor Bucher and his team are researching innovative coating technologies which can be used, for example, to extend the life of implants.

Professor Ketterer demonstrated the university's work in the area of automation technology, simulation and robotics which are mainly used for industry 4.0 applications. This was also the subject of the talk by i-mation, a Rottweil-based company which works closely with HFU and thyssenkrupp. The company develops and produces intelligent industrial image recording and processing systems which are used for example for the control of specific gripping movements of robot arms. i-mation is one of the leaders in this field.

Dr. Niels Behrmann from the HFU Business School talked about the importance of innovation particularly in connection with the current technological and digital revolution. The digital transformation is a particular challenge for businesses which affects not only the success of product development, but also the whole business organization.

"thyssenkrupp is on the right track with this and can already boast several flagship projects in various sectors of the company, " said Thomas Ehrl of thyssenkrupp Elevator. That's why it is important for us to use the excellent contact we have with Furtwangen University in the future to maintain progress and implement joint projects," he added.