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KM partners with university to research energy efficiency

Machinery supplier KraussMaffei (KM; Munich, Germany) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) signed a cooperation agreement on Jan. 15 to collaborate on technologies that will boost energy efficiency in plastics processing machinery. Specifically, KM will work with the university's department of Engineering and Plastics Machinery, which is chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wortberg.

Machinery supplier KraussMaffei (KM; Munich, Germany) and the University of Duisburg-Essen (UDE) signed a cooperation agreement on Jan. 15 to collaborate on technologies that will boost energy efficiency in plastics processing machinery. Specifically, KM will work with the university's department of Engineering and Plastics Machinery, which is chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wortberg. The program operates a more than 950m2 lab, with injection molding and extrusion equipment.

Signing the agreement in the UDE Mechanical Engineering faculty: Dean Prof. Dr.-Ing. Dieter Schrammaund Prof. Dr.-Ing. Johannes Wortberg (UDE), Dr. Karlheinz Bourdon and Dipl.-Ing. Georg P. Holzinger (KraussMaffei)(l. to r.)
Signing the agreement Dieter Schrammaund, Johannes Wortberg, Karlheinz Bourdon, and Georg Holzinger (left to right).)
In addition to regular information exchange and support of engineering students and researchers, the cooperation partners will initially focus on developing and optimizing alternative drive technologies for plastics processing machinery. KM will focus on developing and optimizing components, especially practical implementation and the application-related process engineering, while UDE will contribute its scientific and research expertise. UDE is now part of KM's Primus (Process Integrated Machinery for Unique Solutions) Network for Innovation, which was announced at K 2007, joining the technical universities of Dresden and Chemnitz. Those universities are focused on the development of fiber-reinforced material technology.
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