The Ulm medical technology company was similarly honored for an extraordinary project in two programs launched by the Baden-Württemberg state government. ulrich medical is now among the "100 Companies for Resource Efficiency" and the "100 Sites for Industry 4.0" in the state. But as if that were not enough, the unique collaboration with the South Württemberg Student Research Center resulted in patentable technology.
In an exceptional collaborative project, a team of trainees from ulrich medical and students from the South Württemberg Student Research Center developed an innovative solution to reduce wear of the milling cutter during machining.
Following initial difficulties, the breakthrough was achieved using a special measurement set-up developed by the project team. "It is extremely rare for patentable technology to result from collaboration of this kind. Yet in this case, we were fortunate and we have submitted it for a patent," Klaus Kiesel, CEO of ulrich medical, was pleased to report. "We are convinced that with the newly developed method, we can optimize not only our own production processes but also other industries can benefit from it."
The new real-time control reduces tool wear by more than 80 percent and decreases consumption of the expensive raw material hard metal which is very energy-intensive to produce. In addition, there is a reduction in manufacturing time which can vary per implant, depending on wear of the milling cutter.
It was not just the jury of the 2016 "Jugend forscht" (Young Researchers) state competition who was impressed by these results. The young researchers were able to reach second place straightaway in the working world specialist field with their project.
ulrich medical was now honored as one of the "100 Companies for Resource Efficiency" and "100 Sites for Industry 4.0" in two more competitions. Both programs were initiated by the state government of Baden-Württemberg.
The initiative "100 Companies for Resource Efficiency" was launched as part of the state strategy for resource efficiency by the Ministry of the Environment of Baden-Württemberg and industry representatives. In addition to energy efficiency, the objective with regard to the topic of resource efficiency in the industry was to once again increase the focus on material efficiency in particular. The collaborative project achieved both objectives. Environment minister Franz Untersteller presented the award in October in Karlsruhe.
With the competition “100 Sites for Industry 4.0 in Baden-Württemberg,” the state of Baden-Württemberg honored innovative concepts from the economy which were successful at intelligently networking production and value-creation processes. In addition to the degree of innovation, the jury of experts also assessed the specific practical relevance for industry 4.0. On November 7, the prize was awarded by the minister of economic affairs Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut in Stuttgart.
"We are proud to be the only company with its project honored in both future-minded initiatives," says Christoph Ulrich, managing partner of ulrich medical. "Little by little, the procedure developed is now being implemented in all of our production machines. In the medium term, the system is intended to be further developed in such a way that it can be used by all machining centers as well as by other industries."
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