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Hard as diamond 16.03.2007

Federal Research Minister Annette Schavan inaugurates new CSi-DIAMOND hardness center of Rampf Formen GmbH

The new CSi-DIAMOND hardening technology ensures extreme hardness (up to 68 HRC) and significantly higher wear resistance, as well as significantly longer tool life of the steel molds for concrete block production. After the inauguration, the plant was put into operation immediately.


As Federal Education and Research Minister, Mrs. Schavan personally on the three main topics: investments in the location of Baden-Württemberg, the vocational training as well as the current research and development topics in the field of concrete block production.
"Bringing concrete into better shape is a special challenge that the Rampf company and its partners have successfully faced!", Achim Rampf opened the ministerial visit on 16 March 2007 in Allmendingen. "We are on an interesting path to intelligent molds for concrete block production in the research network!" The fact that the company is very well positioned worldwide will be demonstrated shortly at the "bauma 2007" trade fair in Munich.

The Federal Minister of Research, Dr. med. Annette Schavan was visibly impressed of the special forms, the world's most successful eco-and-lawn paving stones for surface drainage.

The research network, which includes Rampf Formen GmbH, Gardena in Ulm, A & Z in Gehren, Ingenieurbüro CADwalk in Allmendingen, the Institute for Experimental Physics I at the University of Leipzig and the Institute for Precast Technology and Prefabrication (IFF) in Weimar, presented Markus Glück from the partner company Technologie Centrum Westbayern in Nördlingen.

The CADwalk engineering office has further developed its micro-system sensor telemetry, which has previously been used in production machines in the semiconductor sector, so that accelerations up to 250 g and vibration spectra can be precisely measured in the harsh environment of the concrete block industry. Equipped with Bluetooth transponders and ultra-strong magnetic clamps, the sensor modules are suitable for quickly recording vibration spectra on concrete block molds and machine parts without contact problems and cable clutter.
Through the synergy of microelectronics and microsystems technology, CADwalk contributes significantly to the success of the project.