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Successful project work

Gerd Rittinghaus GmbH 
cooperates with University of Applied Sciences Südwestfalen 

Hemer / Südwestfalen, 02/12/2013 The example of the company Rittinghaus GmbH from Hemer proves that not only large companies benefit from the scientific know-how of a university. The supplier for the door-, furniture-, and fittings industry scrutinised the special characteristics of their own products seriously, thanks to the final paper of a graduate of the University of Applied Sciences (FH) Südwestfalen in Iserlohn. “We knew that our door frame fittings fully met their purpose, but we wanted to know if we could perfect them even further to make us stand out from our competitors”, explains managing director Gerd Rittinghaus.

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Jonas Schröder (FH Südwestfalen), Prof. Dr. Fiolka (FH Südwestfalen), Andreas Becker (Technology Scout Transfer Association Südwestfalen) and Gerd Rittinghaus (Managing Director Gerd Rittinghaus GmbH)

Therefore, the family business which operates internationally contacted Andreas Becker, technology scout at the Transfer Association Südwestfalen, and asked him for support. Result: A short while later the right partners were found: Professor Fiolka and Jonas Schröder, student at the faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the FH Südwestfalen. Within the scope of his bachelor thesis, Schröder analysed the forces which affect the manufactured door frame fittings and the frame elements. For his studies, Schröder was able to use the new laboratory for Integrated Product and Process Simulation (IPPS) of the FH Südwestfalen in Lüdenscheid. “The studies were carried out with the very latest technology”, states Fiolka.

This way Rittinghaus and his ten employees were supplied with important information on which material strengths and product configurations are really necessary. “We can now prove to our customers scientifically how and where our fittings can be used most effectively”, rejoices Rittinghaus, who emphasizes: “We have only a few competitors worldwide who all have very similar offers. Thanks to Mr Schröder's results we now have a convincing sales argument and an added value for our customers”.

And this project was a successful cooperation for the FH Südwestfalen, too, as Fiolka stresses: “We see it as an important responsibility to support the local companies with our competence. At the same time we would like to offer our students the possibility of gaining practical experience and working with realistic problem situations. Both worked out exceedingly well in this case”. And Schröder, too, sees the cooperation as quintessentially positive: To know that the results are successfully put into practice is an especially valuable experience”. For technology scout Becker, too, it is indisputable that everyone benefits from such a cooperation: “The company receives an inexpensive solution to its problem and the student – besides gaining practical experience – gets to know a potential employer”.