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Stifterverband Siegel

Innovative through research.

There are 3.5 million companies in Germany, less than one percent of them conduct research – an extremely important group. Because only those who conduct research can discover new things and create innovation and growth. From 2014, the Stifterverband will recognize research-based companies for the special responsibility they assume for the state and society by awarding them the "Innovative through research" seal.

The Stifterverband is one of the largest private science sponsors in Germany. In addition to his commitment to young academics, excellent universities and cutting-edge research, it is also his task to examine and evaluate the German research and innovation system. How much does business invest in research and development in Germany? What effects does this have on the future viability of this country? These questions are the focus of the R&D survey, which the science statistics in the Stifterverband carries out annually on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Research and Development at MAFAC

Innovative and trend-setting.

For more than 20 years, MAFAC has created innovative technologies based on fundamental development – for highest efficiency in industrial parts cleaning. A large portfolio of patents for unique machine and process technologies confirms our innovation competence.

Thus, it is not surprising that for many years, MAFAC has been a much valued partner for university-level research. Currently, we are for example contributing to the project "Energy-efficient factory" of the Institut für Produktionsmanagement, Technologie und Werkzeugmaschinen (PTW) of Darmstadt Technical University.

This future-oriented research project aims at reducing the energy requirements in industrial manufacture. The aim is to realize a savings potential of approx. 40 % of today's energy consumption by utilizing appropriate synergies. In the parts cleaning sector, MAFAC cleaning processes are integrated in the representative process chain of this research project.

Energy efficiency in production

MAFAC is a partner of ETA-Factory

In its project "Energy-efficient factory", the Institut für Produktionsmanagement, Technologie und Werkzeugmaschinen (PTW) of Darmstadt Technical University investigates the energy savings potential in industrial production by co-action of all company departments.

The "Energieeffizienten Fabrik für interdisziplinäre Technologie- und Anwendungsforschung" (ETA) is the first tool to investigate and optimize the energy efficiency of the entire industrial production process.

For this purpose, a representative process chain with high optimization potential was selected. In addition to three metal-cutting processes and one thermal treatment process, two cleaning processes - implemented by MAFAC - are part of the picture. Among others, BMW, BOSCH, DAIMLER, EMAG, BOSCH Rexroth, OPEL, SIEMENS, Stuttgart university, and VIESSMANN are also involved in the research team.

The project is based on the assumption that the overall energy saving potential will be higher with a linked optimisation of building envelope, technical building infrastructure and production machines, than with a separate optimisation of each individual component. The waste heat generated by the machines, for example, can be used directly for air conditioning or for the heat requirements of a parts washer.

After two years of preparation, the research project was officially launched in May 2013. The start of construction of the 650 sqm hall is scheduled for 2014, the completion for 2015. The Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und Technologie (BMWi), the Federal State of Hesse and the university fund the «ETA-Factory» project with a total of eleven million Euro.

At the AMB 2014 in Stuttgart, the project is presented to the public as a part of the special exhibition "Innovation Tour Metal Working".