Together with the FHNW School of Life Sciences in Muttenz, Switzerland, and EnviroChemie, a plant engineering company, Endress+Hauser has developed and installed two test platforms in the university’s Process Technology Center (PTC). The goal is to incorporate the platforms into the university’s teaching, research and education remit.
In the area of hygiene, the research and development focus is on flowmeters and other process technology components that are subject to stringent cleanability requirements. Here, Endress+Hauser collaborated with the FHNW School of Life Sciences to design a test system that can be used to carry out all common cleaning processes and develop new cleaning processes.
Endress+Hauser provided a highly complex automation solution for the wastewater test platform. The primary challenge was the implementation of a modular design. Researchers at the FHNW School of Life Sciences FHNW were able to join the individual process steps together. This makes the project different from community and industrial systems that feature clearly defined, individual processes and process steps. To make it possible for students to work on the system, the project also had a clear focus on safety.
The Process Technology Center
The FHNW Process Technology Center (PTC) was opened in June 2019 as part of a new construction project on the Muttenz campus. This new platform for the development of chemical, biotechnological and environmental engineering processes strengthens the university’s application-oriented research and development activities.
Strong focus on training and education
Because Endress+Hauser places high value on the training and education of young people, the company is involved in various research and development projects with local training and education facilities around the world, including close partnerships with 15 colleges and universities worldwide.