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The scene then returns to Germany, where almost at the same time, company founders J. Krautkrämer (Köln) in the year 1949 and Karl Deutsch (Wuppertal) in 1950 demonstrated their first instruments (Krautkrämer Icon). The legal use of Firestone's patent played a key role in further development of the UT market. Also at that same time, the first Echo instruments were developed by Lutsch bei Siemens, Lösel and Schuster in Thüringen, Briton and Steen in Berlin.
|Company Name||Region||+49- Phone/Fax||E- mail||Group|
|Deutsch Karl||Nordrhein Westfalen||202-71920/714932||M|
|SGS Gotfeld||Nordrhein Westfalen||2323-9265114/9265111||S|
|Internet Publishing||Nordrhein Westfalenfirstname.lastname@example.org||S||NDTonline|
|Laser Mike||Baden Würtenberg||6078-93570/935749||P|
|Mannesmann Anlagenbau||Nordrhein Westfalen||211- 6593211/6592451||M|
|Tuboscope Vetco Deutschland||Niedersachsen||5141-8020/802123||M|
|ZAQ ZfP||Nordrhein Westfalen||2054-120701/120766||M|
Industry in NRW
Steel production and the manufacture of rods, tubes, and sheets has a history of tradition with ultrasonic testing.Today the steel works are mainly automated. Production speed is especially high here, and so is the demand for fast testing systems with high pulse repetition capability.
The leading company is Mannesmann AG Düsseldorf with all its subsidiaries (e.g. Europipe ). Mannesman has made a lot of organizational changes in the past year, including a merger with Hoesch, but steel remains the compay's primary focus, as shown by the recent (Mar 1996) press release, which announced the immediate takeover by Mannesmann Demag Hüttentechnik of metallurgical activities previously handled by the Italimpianti Group in Genoa, and its two subsidiaries, Innse Innocenti Santeustacchio SpA and Innse Innocenti Engineering SpA in Milan. Mannesmann Forschungsinstitut MFI Duisburg is very active in UT and also specializes in EMAT techniques.
Other names worthy of mention are Hoesch Dortmund/Oberhausen, Benteler Werke Paderborn, Thyssen AG in Mühlheim/Kassel/Duisburg/Krefeld/Witten, and Hoesch-Mannesmann Precise Tube Works Bielefeld.
Changes are frequent in this market, so the list is quite subject to future events. NRWs region of Siegen is a strong metallurgical plant area, e.g., Bergrohr, Röhrenwerke Fuchs.In a former coal mining region, energy production is important, and ultrasonic applications are used a great deal in the Siemens plant KWU Mühlheim.
The Machine Factories Industry is very strong in NRW, as in Siegen; again we see the old steel companies, e.g., Kloeckner and Krupp Konzern, and many smaller companies. Plastics machine suppliers are Reifenhäuser, Krupp Kautex, Battenfeld; many of them are located in the region of Bonn. In this market you will find a demand for measurement and control; most of these are tasks for in-line thickness control of pipes, films and blow mold bodies. A new system for in-line flaw detection of gas plastic pipes just finished its test period in 1996. It is a new economical rotation machine with very impressive results, developed as a joint venture with the Israeli UT system manufacturer IRT.
Of course there are universities in NRW strongly attached to industrial applications; we will mention some of them below. The Chemical and RefineryIndustries were founded with their plants in the Rhine valley near the cities Köln and Düsseldorf, thus the connection to the North Sea's large ports. The departure of Shell and Esso left structural changes in this region.
There are still some large companies located here: Bayer AG Leverkusen, ROW Wesseling. This is a strong market for inspection service companies with demand for corrosion, pipes, tanks and welding testing.
The DGZfP has its Subsidiary in Dortmund and NRW's Material Testing Authority is here. The Society of Welding Techniques is located in Düsseldorf. The Society of Steam Boilers is in Duisburg. The Society of German Metallurgical Works and the Society of Large Power Stations are in Essen.
Manufacturer and Service companies in NRW
In the overview of Germany we have described the role of the two oldest companies, Karl Deutsch and Krautkrämer. In NRW are also RTD SGS Gotfeld ZAQ Zfp, Internet UT-OnLine Journal, further information refer to table on this page.
Universities in NRW
The Dortmund UNI  with its Department for Quality Management, led by Dr. Crostack is well known for his so-called "Crostack Pulser". This pulser improves computation of signal noise ratio, by generating a special pulser signal. A current tasks works out the use of UT for concrete applied in pulse echo technique.
The Aachen RTWH University  is a famous technique domain and has also an Acoustic Department. Linked to the RTWH is the IKV - Institute for plastics; a great deal of ultrasonic plastics application research takes place here.
The MTQ Exhibition in Dortmund is an important show for the quality control markets of NDT and UT.
Düsseldorf also has some interesting exhibitions for the material testing market, these are Tube & Wire - Interkama for automation and K' 95 for plastics.
Employees of Karl Deutsch, Krautkrämer and DGfZP Dortmund often take advantages of the popular continuing education courses offered here.
TÜV Rheinland Köln Institut für Materialprüfung, (material testing) Schweisstechnische Lehr und Versuchsanstalt (welding) Duisburg, Insurance Gerling Materialprüfung Messtechnik Köln, (material testing) KFA Jülich , Bensberg Interatom, and Ruhrgas AG.
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May 1996, Rolf Diederichs
Rolf Diederichs 01. Aug 1996, , updated 1. Dec firstname.lastname@example.org