Technology teacher Can Geles (left) joins Heinrich Thorwesten (3rd from left), headmistress Kirsten Wallbaum-Buchholz (2nd from right), Gudrun Mattig (right) and current and former robotics students in celebrating the new possibilities. (Photo: Andreas Dohm)
On Monday, January 27, the opening of the new robotics room at the Waldbröl Comprehensive School took place. KAMPF Schneid- und Wickeltechnik GmbH & Co. KG provided the equipment for this course room. The mechanical engineering company from Wiehl/Mühlen has been a cooperation partner of Waldbröl Comprehensive School since 2012. The cooperation programme is based on a comprehensive catalogue of measures, which includes internships, accompanied project tasks, assessment centre training, consulting and much more. KAMPF thus arouses interest in technical professions among young people in many different ways.
KAMPF has now taken the next step with the technical equipment. Pupils can now easily enter the world of “physical computing” with the new Rasberry Pi Education Set. They can realize their own project ideas with the help of computer-controlled sensors, buttons or LEDs. The minicomputer has its own interface for this purpose; for example, the robot arm provided can be connected to this interface and much more. The programming equipment is complemented by 3D printers and furniture – shelves, tables and colorful chairs – and a whiteboard.
The Raspberry Pi is a mini-computer on a card sized circuit board that can be expanded in many ways. It was developed for learning and demonstration purposes, but is also suitable for various private or professional applications. It was originally designed to give young people an easy introduction to programming and computer technology. The Raspberry Pi quickly found a large fan base and was used for a wide variety of applications. The Raspberry Pi has almost unlimited applications.
Images: KAMPF and Andreas Dohm
A new computer room was also inaugurated to introduce students to Arduino programming
The students proudly present their projects
The idea of arranging the workbenches in the technical room as “islands” for group work was brought along by teacher Can Geles from his visits to the KAMPF training workshop
Students in the 7th and 9th grades work together in teams to realize their ideas.
Teachers Can Geles (left) and Heinrich Thorwesten (right) in the newly equipped robotics room
Lithium ion technology is booming in Europe. Young startups such as the Swedish Northvolt as well as established companies from the automotive industry and related areas like TESLA, CATL, Volkswagen etc. are overturning with announcements to set up battery cell factories in Germany and Europe in very ambitious schedules. Some of these announcements are already being implemented. This fits in with the announcement by the European Commission to fund a “European Battery Alliance”. Funding in the billions have been released for this.
The manufacturing technology of such large-format battery cells is a marathon run and mainly consists of roll-to-roll processes. Starting with high-precision winding and coating technology via calandering and slitting processes, the tasks for mechanical engineering are interesting and varied. Until now, the heart of this machine technology had been beating in Asia (Japan and Korea), the Kampf group, together with its parent company Jagenberg AG, recognized the signs of the times early on and reached out in search of partners, finding the Japanese coating system manufacturer and market leader Hirano Tecseed from Nara. As part of a first joint project, this partnership with Hirano has now been further strengthened and expanded through discussions with the Japanese trading company Itochu SysTech Corporation. On this occasion, a visit by Dr. Erich Bröker, the CEO of Jagenberg AG, Dr. Stephan Witt (COO Kampf corporate group) and Dr. André Mecklenburg (managing director of Kampf LSF GmbH) in Osaka and Nara took place. Here very constructive discussions with Mr. Matsumoto (President and CEO of Itochu SysTech Corporation) and Mr. Okada (President Hirano Techseed) have been carried out. Next to others Dr. Broker explained how the “exploding” battery market in Europe could be served even better by a common approach and the integration of other Jagenberg companies. The return visit to Krefeld has also already been scheduled and will take place in January 2020.
Images (Kampf LSF) The pictures show the visit to the Hirano Tecseed production facility in Kyoto Prefecture, which was built in 2019, and Dr. Bröker together with Mr. Okada during a meal together.
We look forward to a successful business year 2020 and to a good, trusting cooperation. For the New Year we wish everyone good luck and health!