MicroQuick Particle Scanner installed at University of Heilbronn
Since early this year, the University of Heilbronn University has a MicroQuick Particle Scanner by RJL Micro & Analytic GmbH. Mrs Prof. Dr Katja Mannschreck from the process and environmental engineering department and her students have already successfully applied the particle scanner in several projects.
During the initial start-up, ambient conditions were measured in the production hall and the laboratory with particle traps and a brief instruction manual was written for subsequent users.
Another project included using the MicroQuick particle scanner to set up a cleanliness analysis following VDA 19. In this, blank values were determined, and decay curves generated and particle distributions of variably cleaned components and results of multiple studies compared. One student used the scanner as part of his thesis to compare the cleanliness results of components rinsed in different product carriers. With his work, the student was able to participate in the round-robin test organized by the CEC.
Starting in the coming winter semester, engineering students at the University of Heilbronn will cooperate with business students of the University of Esslingen on the funded project ANOPIT (analysis and optimization of a process chain for industrial parts cleaning). A team at the University of Esslingen produces the components. It takes care of the cost accounting for the cleaning and analysis, which a team at the University of Heilbronn conducts. The project’s content is, on the one hand, the cleaning technology and, on the other hand, the communication between persons of different disciplines.
Together with her students, Mannschreck deals intensively with the topic “process chain component cleanliness”. The aim of the numerous investigations with the MicroQuick is to develop a sample process with which the various parameters of a cleaning process can be systematically investigated. In this context, Mannschreck wants to assure that the subject of cleaning technology and the associated practical experiments with the particle scanner not only remain part of individual projects but become an integral part of engineering studies and mandatory internships for all.