Research partners convene at MAFAC's
In the middle of the busy Advent season, 36 representatives of academia and business visited MAFAC at Alpirsbach. They came for the 7th syndicate meeting of the project group "ETA factory", the interdisciplinary research project on energy-efficient production sponsored by BMWi. MAFAC hosted the event and offered the participants a podium for a lively discussion about their results. Additionally, the machine manufacturer shared insights about their own development work and production.
In his speech, Managing Director Joachim Schwarz described the participation in the research project as a valuable opportunity for MAFAC: "A number of the conclusions gained from the ETA project formed the basis for continuous product innovations in our house which allow us to offer resource-saving cleaning machines. This gives our company a decisive advantage in competition." He explained this view by way of example of the heat exchange module MAFAC HEAT.X for low-energy heating of cleaning agents, or the constantly optimised kinematic process for cleaning and drying. He said that the full heat insulation of the machines furthermore provided a huge savings potential by using the specific heat of the machine or the recirculation of exhaust heat into the cleaning process.
The other research institutes, which came from the fields of machine engineering, civil engineering and architecture, confirmed the added value created by the project. Martin Beck from the PTW of Darmstadt Technical University, the overall project manager, was particularly happy about the lively exchange of ideas over the course of the project and during the event: "The constructive and innovative atmosphere created by the different groups of researchers was exemplary." Felix Junge, Scientific Assistant at the PTW and head of the project part focussing on the research field "energy-efficient parts cleaning", pointed out the direct relevance of the ETA Factory for practical work. This was particularly visible when the researchers visited the Factory, he said: "Often, the experience of process engineers and insights gained during a tour of the shop floor of our partners in industry give you more enlightening conclusions than mere studies of theory."
ETA-Fabrik / Hessen Schafft Wissen / Jan Hosan