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Technology and Study Centre Weißenburg (kunststoffcampus Bayern)

Operational Strength and Material Development

The Deggendorf Institute of Technology operates the kunststoffcampus bayern (plastics campus Bavaria) together with the University of Applied Sciences in Ansbach, the city of Weissenburg and the district of Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen. The focus of this cooperation is on networking with industry, the development and implementation of specific courses and the supervision of research and development projects. At the technology centre, scientific know-how is linked to the requirements of the industrial value-added chains in research projects. For this purpose, we develop strategies together with our partners and offer support at all times in the choice of funding opportunities. For the solution of material-related problems or in component testing, high-quality equipment is available for joint use. The study centre focuses on academic training and further education, part-time bachelor's degree courses and the possibility of obtaining individual certificates through modular courses of study or seminars.

About the Technology and Study Centre Weissenburg

Plastics is the most important branch of industry in Altmühlfranken: In and on the new kunststoffcampus bayern, applied research and teaching around this material has now found a new home.

The campus was built by the district of Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen and the large district town of Weissenburg in Bavaria, who founded the municipal technology and study centre Weissenburg GmbH for this purpose. The city and district are supporting the project, among other things, with a new building that meets the needs of the campus, which was officially inaugurated on 27 August 2015. In addition, the Free State of Bavaria is providing further funds for the personnel and equipment of the campus within the framework of start-up financing. Cooperation partners in this project are the unversities of Ansbach and Deggendorf, as well as major companies from the region and other cooperation partners from the scientific community and professional associations. While the Deggendorf Institute of Technology will be responsible for the technology centre and the overall management, Ansbach University of Applied Sciences will take over the study centre.
The focus of the cooperation is on the expansion of the kunststoffcampus bayern into an internationally recognised education, research and development centre, networking with industry, the development and implementation of specific courses for industry and the acquisition of research and development contracts from the industry. Know-how for the companies in the region.

Bildnachweis: Felix Oeder, Landratsamt Weißenburg-Gunzenhausen

 

 

 

In February 2015, an association was founded to promote and support the concerns and interests of the kunststoffcampus bayern project in the best possible way.

On Friday, 27 February 2015, the "Förderverein kunststoffcampus bayern" was officially founded. The initiative for this came from District Administrator Gerhard Wägemann, Dr Simon Amesöder, Gunzenhausen, and Dr Karl-Friedrich Ossberger, Weissenburg. At the founding meeting, the statutes were unanimously adopted and the board of directors were elected.

The purpose of the association is to promote the development and operation of the kunststoffcampus bayerm - technology and study centre, which was officially inaugurated on 27 March 2015.

The aim of the association is to generate funds for the promotion of science and research, vocational training and academic education and training. This is to be achieved, among other things, by creating a climate of dialogue between science and industry, by providing financial support and organising scientific events, and by initiating and expanding contact with relevant institutions outside the Altmühlfranken region. 

All natural or legal people who identify with the goals of the kunststoffcampus bayern are welcome as new members.

Equipment

 

2K Injection Moulding Machine KM CXL 130-750/380

On the existing 2K injection moulding machine, the second additional injection unit injects into the moving mould half in the L position on the non-operator side. This allows certain areas in the injection mould to be released for a second component (such as regranulate= by sliders after a pre-moulded part has been produced. For this purpose, the mould element can be rotated around the horizontal axis. The rotation brings the pre-moulded part into the cavity for the second injection process, which can be used, for example, to back-mould previously produced high-quality visible surfaces at low cost.

 


 

KM ZE 25Ax45D-UTXi Twin-screw Extruder

With the twin-screw extruder, a reduction of the testing costs is possible, since even small quantities can be produced without any problems. All stages of the compounding process can be assessed reliably and quickly by simply removing the screws. The barrel-screw configuration can be precisely matched to your process engineering requirements thanks to the modular design principle. The selected machine configuration can be easily controlled, regulated and monitored at any time via the touch display.

 


 

3D Printer Felix Pro 2

With the smart Felix Pro 2 it is possible to create layer by layer precisely fitting functional plastic parts with a smooth surface. Thanks to the fully automatic calibration of the printing bed and the dual extruder, even the creation of geometrically complex objects is easy and material saving. The Dual-Extruder also makes it possible to print with two different materials or colours at the same time, including the use of a support material. Only a 3D model as STL, OBJ, 3DS, AMF file is required.

 

 

Investment was co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

Mini Extruder Line EXS-AN-0100

With this single-screw line extruder, a few grams to kilograms of a polymer can be extruded per hour at speeds ranging from 25 to 100 1/min. Thin fibres, tubes or filaments can be produced via exchangeable die tools and screen plates. The plant is equipped with a 10mm diameter screw and a cooled feed zone. In addition, short preasure peaks can be intercepted by means of fully automatic pulsation suppression.

 

Movement Platform

Oktopode

On the trail of reality by mapping dynamic movements in the laboratory with defined influencing factors on the motion platform. The system is based on eight high-resolution actuators acting on a common platform. With this test bench, dynamic movements up to 20 Hz in translation and rotation direction as well as static positions of all components can be simulated. In combination with a climatic chamber, these motion studies can be performed with a maximum acceleration of 40m/s²  (4-fold acceleration due to gravity) under different temperature conditions (-40°C to + 70°C). The eight-legged test rig at kunststoffcampus bayern allows dynamic movements in translation and rotation direction up to four times the acceleration due to gravity. This means that almost all motion sequences of land/air/water vehicles can be reproducibly mapped in the laboratory. The parts and components to be tested are in reality exposed to the most varied environmental conditions. Therefore, most tests can only be carried out with test drives directly in the vehicle and in the countries where the required climatic conditions prevail. With the help of the existing motion platform and the integrated climate control system, it will be possible in future to carry out these tests directly in the laboratory in the most compact space using realistic motion profiles and constant climate conditions. Movements generated by a moving car, for example, can be simulated on the platform with sine curves as well as freely defined trajectory curves. The simulation of test drives with a distance of several thousand kilometres is possible within a few days in the laboratory under precisely defined climatic conditions, making these load tests efficient and cost-effective. Driving directly in the vehicle is therefore no longer necesary on a large scale. The cooperation in this project is currently taking place with partners from the industry.

 

  • Proof of operational stability
  • Complex stress history
  • Functional testing of components
  • Development of control algorithms
  • Lifetime validation
  • Residual stresses in components
  • Model-based testing of mechatronic components

 


 

Universal Testing Maching

In the unversal testing machine of Hegewald & Peschke MPT GmbH standard samples as well as finished products and components can be tested with regard to their mechanical properties. Due to the high versatility of the system, tensile, compression, bending or torsion tests can be performed easily and reliably. With the additionally available furnace the machine becomes an absolute specialist and allows tests at elevated temperatures.

  • Max. 50 kN
  • Testing of standard tension rods according to DIN EN ISO 527
  • Production of individual clamps for component testing

 

Melt Flow Index Tester MeltFloW

With the compact testing device, MFR values in g/10 min, MVR values in ccm/10 min and the melt density in g/ccm can be determined easily reliably. 

  • ASTM D 1238, Method A and B
  • ASTM D2116-3159-3307-3364
  • BS 2782-720 A
  • AFNORT 51-016
  • ISO 1133-UNI 5640

 

Investment was con-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

QUV Rapid Weathering Device

With the QUV rapid weathering instrument, the effects of the short-wave UV spectrum of sunlight can be reproducibly simulated. The possible spectra offer a peak wavelength of 340 nm (UV-A) or 313 nm (UV-B) for damage in even less time. The optional condensation mechanism allows the test speciments to be exposed to a condensation cycle to simulate the typical damage of outdoor conditions.

 


 

Xenon Test Chamber Q-Sun Xe-1

With the Q-Sun Xe-1 Xenon test chamber, the effects of the full solar spectrum can be reproducibly simulated. The spectrum used corresponds to the daylight filter to the light of the midday sun in summer. Due to this accelerated aging, long-term damage can be reproduced in test series of a few days or weeks. Optionally, the influence of moisture can be simulated by a water spray device. Weathering can take place automatically around the clock.

 


 

Climatic / Temperature Shock Cabinets

The test chambers for climate and temperature tests are used to simulate accelerated ageing of plastics due to temperature effects.

 

 

FT-IR Microscope and Spectrometer

The combination of infrared microscopy and spectroscopy represents a complete system for routine analytical tasks and offers highest reliability in the verification and identification of plastics.

  • Transmission and ATR
  • Gas cell coupled with TGA

 

 

Investment was co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

DSC 214 Polyma

The DSC 214 Polyma is specially designed for the characterisation of polymers. The instrument combines the classical measurement of heat flow with heating and cooling rates up to 500K/min. Thus, temperature profiles relevant to processing with a maximum temperature of up to 600°C can be simulated.

 

Investment was co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

TGA TG 209 F1 Libra

Thermogravimetry (TGA) enables fast and comprehensive material characterisation by measuring the temperature-related mass change. Here the evaporation behaviour is considered. For this purpose, the vacuum-tight thermos, microbalance can be heated up to 1100 °C. By coupling the TGA to the FT-IR spectrometer, the released gases of the volatile sample components can be analysed directly.

 

Investment was co-financed by the European Union through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

Keyence VHX5000 Light Microscope

The Keyence VHX5000 is more than just an ordinary reflected light microscope. It allows you to capture a deep-focus image quickly, easily and in real time without having to focus. With the two swivel lenses, magnificaitons between 20x and 2000x can be achieved without conversion. The extension of the image dynamics by HDR technology leads to even better resolution and clearer contrasts. In addition to single image acquisition, it is also possible to create panoramas of larger objects. With the help of the "Easy Mode" a quick access ti extended functions is possible without long searching. The whole workflow is optimised for user-friendliness and always consists of the points: View, capture, measure. By extending the device with a borescope lens, it is even possible to look right into the component. Through an opening of 4mm, the borescope can be inserted into the component to a depth of around 15cm and bring "light into the dark" with 10x magnification.

 

 

Investment was con-financed by the European Untion through the European Regional Development Fund.


 

Konica-Minolta CM-5 Spectrophotometer

The Spectrophotometer CM-5 enables the colour measurement of solid, pasty and liquid materials by illumination in reflection or transmission. It is a tabletop device with measuring apertures from 3 to 30mm for solids. The large transmission chamber for liquids, together with the different petri dishes and cuvettes, extends the great flexibility. On a 5.7" LCD screen the results can be displayed in different colour spaces.

 

Projects of the Technology Centre

Partner

At the kunststoffcampus bayern, the founding partners, the Deggendorf Institute of Technology, the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences, the district of Weissenburg-Gunzenhausen and the City of Weissenburg work closely together with the cooperation partners IHK-Akademie Mittelfranken and bfz Westmittelfranken GmbH.

The IHK-Akademie offers the right further education for every stage in life: Master craftsman training (e.g. industrial foreman), business administration, training of trainers and seminars  (e.g. modern employee management) are available at various locations in Central Franconia. At the kunststoffcampus bayern, the IHK-Akademie sees the opportunity to bring together and network experts from practice, university and research. For example, master craftsmen can participate in research projects and get in touch with their studies in advance. The IHK-Akademie also wants to promote cooperation with the partners of the kunststoffcampus bayern in order to create joint events and learning formats.

Under the umbrella of the kunststoffcampus bayern, the bfz Fachschule for Plastics Technology and Fibre-reinforced Technology offers skilled workers in the plastics sector the opportunity to take advantage of the varied teaching content of the in-service advanced training to become a technician in the field of plastics and fibre composite technology. The training starts every two years in September, lasts four years while working and enables the entry into the middle management level.


Study and Further Education Centre

At the kunststoffcampus bayern, the cooperation partners offer you the opportunity to qualify as a specialist, master craftsman or technician within the framework of further training, or to acquire the title of a bachelor via a university course, as well as to participate in various seminars and training formats:

 

  • The course of studies "Applied Plastics Technology" is a broadly based and practice-oriented course which prepares you for the varied application in the plastics industry. Engineering and business management fundamentals are supplemented by personality development modules and profile modules that include special knowledge from the plastics industry. Degree: Bachelor of Engineering (B.En.)
  • The degree course "Strategic Management" deals with the holistic optimisation of internal cross-company processes based on the EFQM (European Foundation for Quality Management) model for Business Excellence. Here, very practice-oriented process and methodological knowledge with business management content for sustainable corporate management of the highest level is imparted. Degree: Bachelor or Arts (B.A.)
  • The degree for plastics engineering and fibre composite technology Weissenburg enables the extra-occupational advanced training as technician. As a competence leader in the areas of development, design, planning, work preparation, production and quality assurance, you will henceforth control the technical planning and processes, but you will also assume management responsibility for employees, economic efficiency and environmentally conscious resourse management. Degree: state-certified technician for plastics technology and fibre composites.
  • The practical study visit gives you the opportunity to qualify for a management position in a company in the plastics and rubber industry. If you have changed from a non-subject related apprenticeship to the plastics industry, you will receive a sound, broad-based knowledge of the structure, properties, refinement and use of plastics. Degree: Industrial foreman plastics/rubber (IHK)
  • The further training to become a technical specialist is aimed in the same ways at interested parties from both commerical and technical professions with relevant professional experience and personal aptitude for the other area. Degree: Technical business administrator (IHK)
  • We offer training and seminars in various formats. The orientation is strongly oriented towards the needs of the participants. We are also happy to support you in determining the need for further training in advance. You have the chouce between in-house training courses with 2-3 hours of theoretical background (the depth varies depending on the auditorium) and subsequent practical training in our technical centre or individually tailored in-house seminars. There is also the possibility to deepen special topics in cooperation with equipment manufacturers.

Directions

Deggendorf Institute of Technology
kunststoffcampus bayern
Technology and Study Centre Weißenburg

Richard-Stücklen-Straße 3
91781 Weißenburg
Germany

Tel.: +49 9141 874669 0
Fax: +49 9141 874669 169

christian.wilisch@kunststoffcampus-bayern.de