Question: What role does the laboratory play within the test lab?
Answer: Our state-of-the-art laboratory offers every basic measurement option for characterizing samples regarding their bulk material mechanical properties. Among these would be bulk, vibratory, and particle density measurement, analysis of particle size, moisture, and fluidization, as well as investigation of bulk material flow behavior using the ring shear device.
Question: Topics such as energy efficiency and sustainability play an important role in meeting our customers’ needs. Can you provide answers using the possibilities of the test center in Weingarten concerning these two topics? Can those answers find their way into system design?
Answer: Topics such as energy efficiency and sustainable system operation play a vital role in bulk material handling operations. For example, there are some interesting development projects currently in process in relation to energy savings. In our test center, we collect the numbers to back these developments up. Using that as a basis, we are in a position to offer our customers a conveying line that is optimally designed with regard to energy efficiency. In terms of sustainability, recycling and battery manufacturing are very high priorities. The tests with a wide variety of recycled materials, which are fortunately being used more and more, are very exciting. With the variety and flexibility of our test equipment, we always find the right solution for their product handling. The same holds for testing products that are needed for battery manufacturing. We can even do intensive analyses of hazardous materials in a special area of our lab.
Question: What were the challenges over the past several months?
Answer: We were able to carry out customer tests even in the last few months by strictly adhering to the established hygiene rules. Unfortunately, for some customers, it wasn’t possible to visit the test center in person due to travel restrictions. Thanks to digital solutions such as live streams, we were able to engage intensively with customers, and it allowed us to thoroughly discuss their tests’ results. Nevertheless, we are really looking forward to our customers being able to visit us in our Weingarten test center again.
Mr. Bösch, thank you for the interview!