High-tech school start in Weiz/Austria

Bruker Alicona sponsors optical 3D measuring device at technical school
Published by Claudia Ullrich in News on 04.10.2023

The teachers were delighted when a new high-tech device sparkled out of the lab in the very first week of school. Bruker Alicona provided the students of HTL Weiz with an optical 3D measuring device.

High-tech school start in Weiz - Bruker Alicona sponsors optical 3D measuring device at technical school

According to Markus Haas, a long-time teacher of production metrology and quality assurance, he wants to use it for "surface roughness and profile measurements". Or his students at the HTL Weiz. And they are now perfectly equipped to do so, with the new 3D measuring system for simple, traceable and fast surface measurement. Users can measure the shape plus the roughness of microstructured surfaces of their components with just one device.

technical school working on optical 3D meassuring device
Bruker Aliconas investment in education: optical 3D meassuring device in technical school
Training the trainers at technical school in Weiz on optical 3D meassurement device

Why does HTL Weiz need such a measuring device?

For director Gottfried Purkarthofer, who has been in charge of the HTL since 2014, it is a matter of concern that his school teaches in a way that is close to industry and relevant to business. "Manufacturing technology is not just about operating equipment, but above all about interpreting results," he explains. By working on the measuring equipment, he says, there should be a major focus on quality assurance. In this, he also agrees with Bruker Alicona Managing Director Urban Muraus, who sees a great need to catch up in terms of quality control in Central Europe and especially in Austria. What could be more obvious than to introduce young people to quality assurance?

We at Bruker Alicona want to inspire. Of course, on the one hand, we want to inspire people to switch from tactile to optical metrology in order to promote innovation and progress. But on the other hand, we also want to inspire to a higher level of quality in general. Because that's the only way our industry will remain competitive.

A techical school on the pulse of the economy

Industrial engineering, mechatronics, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering and information technology are the branches of the HTL in Weiz. With approximately 1,000 students, it is one of the largest technical training centers in Styria. Like hardly any other HTL, it strives to keep its finger on the pulse of the times and to show students how work is really done in the business world. It was precisely this endeavor that made an impression on the measurement technology expert Bruker Alicona, which is why an initial collaboration was agreed back in January. Now, with the start of the new academic year, the measurement technology producer exchanged the system provided for a newer and faster one. Muraus thinks that the school's efforts to be relevant to the economy are definitely worth supporting. 

Handshake for business-related education: Bruker Alicona General Manager Urban Muraus & HTL Weiz principal Gottfried Purkarthofer

The Industry benefits enormously when young people already receive practical training. The closer students are to the actual working world, the faster they are ready for action. Of course, it's also important to me that they understand the subject of quality assurance in the process and can operate our measuring systems.

Former student put system into operation

The especially amiable commissioning of the measuring system even happened by a former student of the HTL Weiz. Benjamin Anger, now an Application Expert at Bruker Alicona, did not miss the opportunity to come to his former school to start up the system. "I would have liked to be able to work with a system like this in the past," said Anger during the start-up. Let's hope that the current students at HTL Weiz enjoy the measurement work just as much! The first measurement attempts have already been made.

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