09.06.2019

How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

In normal times, AVL provides hightech-solutions for the automotove industry. But the times aren't normal. So, AVL helps in the fight against conrona.
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Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation. This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses their know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.

AVL employees work on creative solutions

“We are Austria’s most innovative company in suite, if you look at patents and utility models”, says Human Resources Manager Markus Tomaschitz, who sees a change in mindset during the past  weeks: “That means we have another chance to do things differently, more creatively. It turns out that customer contact is the key. Before Corona we were very clocked, now we are more selective, that frees up time and energy, gives space to talk about things differently. Our internal ideas system is overflowing and we are already getting positive results from it.”

Face shields, produced by AVL-employees

AVL employees from around the globe have taken it upon themselves to use their knowledge and resources to help in this new time. One of these people is Atul Gupta, a Chartered Engineer, a STEM Ambassador and a Fellow of The Higher Education Academy.

+++More about AVL Creators Expedition+++

He has been with AVL UK for the past four years. And out of that, in April 2019, he started his own venture, BornToBuild Ideas, making education Science Kits to inspire young minds into STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning through ‘Make, Learn & Play’. This is used to boost their creativity, cognitive and motor skills. He now works two days a week at AVL and the rest of his time on his own startup.

He utilizes a lot of different machines for this work at his industrial workshop, his work horse being a CNC Laser machine to manufacture the kits. The machine is very versatile and can cut wood, acrylics, plastics, rubber, and a lot of other materials.

Gupta realized that he could easily adapt the machine to manufacture face shields. So he called up his AVL managers Alan Forrest and Christophe Maleyrie, and proposed the idea that AVL and BornToBuild create face shields together. The idea got immediate approval by the MD.

Each face shield has a laser-cut three-piece-headband and a clear visor. It takes three minutes to manufacture and assemble and costs just 30 cents in material. AVL are happily sponsoring materials and finding care homes in need of face shields.

Although the initial target was 200 face shields, the partners have so far manufactured more than 1000 face shields and donated them to the Red Cross, NHS and care homes in order to tackle COVID-19. Additionally, AVL is manufacturing another 1000 face shields for internal staff at test bed facilities.

Atul Gupta, Alan Forrest, Nick Chadwick and Christophe Maleyrie feel quite content delivering face shields to Red Cross and NHS. (c) AVL

Another interesting solution comes from Bill Perry, a mechanical design engineer from AVL. He has been a part of AVL for about two years and has taken it upon himself to help with his 3D printer to produce masks during the COVID-19 crisis. He has been printing face shields from home on a 3D printer to support the national shortage that key healthcare workers have been facing. He has been doing this as quickly as he can outside of his AVL core working hours as he is still working as much as normal from his home office.

AVL’s corporate-startup-collaboration

But what about AVL’s corporate-startup collaborations in these challenging times? After all, many of the startups and strategic partners have shared how great of an opportunity it has been for them to explore additional markets, refine business strategies and have time to thoroughly check internal processes.

So, Creators Expedition has still been in close contact with AVL’s strategic partners while addressing the importance of expanding and continuing innovation at the forefront. With the extra time at Creators Expedition, AVL now has a great pipeline to really push more collaboration in the coming year.

As for the TECC & TACC 2020 programs, they will continue online and resume in person once AVL receives the clear. This has helped keep the students in the program motivated and innovative on their projects for the semester.

Digital work and digital trainings

Additionally, AVL has also adapted its whole working process due to the time of social distancing. “The level of maturity of our organization is also astonishing in this regard – 95 percent of it works really well and smoothly” says Tomaschitz. Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.

Additionally, AVL has turned its internal trainings and academy into a place to stimulate personal growth and learning from home during the COVID-19 times. Offering classes on topics like collaboration in virtual teams and structuring work from home to tips and ticks with Skype business. The company is getting creative with providing as much digital and virtual content as possible to keep the employees informed and educated.

“Engine & Environment” becomes a digital event

Also, the 32nd AVL conference “Engine & Environment” was not held in Graz, Austria, this year, but online from May 25th to May 29th, 2020.  The virtual venue of the renowned trade conference was the thedigitaltrendconference.com platform, resulting in a substantial increase in reach and attracting over 2000 participants from 54 nations.

“A cancellation was out of the question for us,” says Robert Fischer, Executive Vice President AVL: “We were able to convince almost all speakers and keynote speakers to participate in the new, innovative format.” Using this platform, participants could take part in interactive lectures from industry-leading speakers and exciting panel discussions – playable as videos, from anywhere, at any time. The interactive chat function also provided the opportunity to get in touch with speakers in each session. The comments then flowed into the three panel discussions on May 29: a unique, interactive opportunity.

Further information via the Autosport Podcast, in associated with AVL

And finally, the AVL RACING podcast partnership with Autosport. After the successful launch in 2019 with impressive feedback and interest from the industry the first episode with AVL RACING guest speakers this year was released at the beginning of May. The topic covers the importance and value of simulation, which is one key element in racing in general, but especially at the moment. With the current situation forcing all motorsport to temporarily pause, is there a virtual way for the drivers to remain sharp? When the season gets underway, how do the teams use simulators to improve those driver skills to gain an advantage over their competitors?

These and many other questions will be answered by Michael Peinsitt, Skill Team Leader and Guillermo Pezzetto, Global Product Manager from AVL RACING

The podcast channel is now continuously increasing in importance as an effective channel to entertain people spending time at home. The next one is already in the planning phase. It will highlight the crucial position of a braking strategy in racing. While Autosport is based in London, the AVL guest speakers are forced to make it work by recording remotely at the moment.

The podcast is available via this link.

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22.02.2024

Von Niederösterreich in den Weltraum: SpaceTech-Startups im Technischen Museum

Der "Innovation Corner" im Technischen Museum Wien geht in die nächste Runde: Nun können SpaceTech-Innovationen aus Niederösterreich bestaunt werden.
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22.02.2024

Von Niederösterreich in den Weltraum: SpaceTech-Startups im Technischen Museum

Der "Innovation Corner" im Technischen Museum Wien geht in die nächste Runde: Nun können SpaceTech-Innovationen aus Niederösterreich bestaunt werden.
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Im Innovation Corner des Technischen Museums Wien sind aktuell SpaceTech-Innovationen aus Niederösterreich zu sehen | (c) accent/APA Fotoservice/Ben Leitner
Im Innovation Corner des Technischen Museums Wien sind aktuell SpaceTech-Innovationen aus Niederösterreich zu sehen | (c) accent/APA Fotoservice/Ben Leitner
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“Unsere Zielsetzung ist es, aus Ideen wirklich wertvolle Innovationen zu machen und dabei Startups, Forscherinnen und Forscher zu unterstützen. Ein wichtiger Aspekt ist dabei, wie man das Erfundene einer breiteren Öffentlichkeit erklären und erzählen kann”, sagt Doris Agneter, Geschäftsführerin der niederösterreichischen Technologiefinanzierungsgesellschaft tecnet equity, auf einer Bühne im Technischen Museum Wien vor rund 100 Gästen. Der Anlass: Im “Innovation Corner” des Museums wurde nun eine neue Ausstellung eröffnet.

Nicht nur Erfindungen, sondern auch die Personen dahinter

Gezeigt werden SpaceTech-Innovationen aus Niederösterreich von Startups, FHs und Forschungseinrichtungen – mit Unterstützung von tecnet und dem Technologie-Inkubator accent. Zuvor waren bereits niederösterreichische Startups und Forschungsprojekte aus dem Bereich Landwirtschaft dort zu sehen, wie brutkasten berichtete. Präsentiert werden nicht nur die Erfindungen, sondern auch die Personen dahinter. “Das sind alles ganz tolle Persönlichkeiten, junge Forscherinnen und Forscher ebenso, wie sehr erfahrene”, so Agneter.

“Weltraum ist in Österreich ein Wirtschaftsfaktor”

Dabei geht es auch um erfolgreiche SpaceTech-Geschäftsmodelle aus Niederösterreich. “Weltraum ist in Österreich ein Wirtschaftsfaktor”, stellt Margit Mischkulnig, Abteilungsleiterin Weltraumangelegenheiten und Luftfahrttechnologien im Klimaschutzministerium in ihrem Impulsvortrag klar. Besonders im Bereich Klimaschutz spiele Weltraumtechnologie eine wichtige Rolle. Doch: “Weltraum ist für alle da: Man denke an Wetterdienste, Kommunikation und Navigation”.

Blick in die unendlichen Weiten des Weltraums

Diese große Bandbreite von SpaceTech-Innovationen wird in der neuen Schau im Innovation Corner klar, wie auch Michael Moll, Geschäftsführer des accent Inkubators betont: “In dieser Ausstellung werden Exponate aus Niederösterreich gezeigt, die deutlich machen, wie lebhaft heimische Forschung und Innovation nicht nur unsere tägliche Existenz, sondern auch den Blick in die unendlichen Weiten des Weltraums bereichern.”

200 Antriebssysteme von NÖ-Startup im Orbit

Wie weit man als niederösterreichisches SpaceTech-Startup innerhalb weniger Jahre kommen kann, beweist unter anderem ENPULSION, das ebenfalls in der Ausstellung vertreten ist. Gründer Alexander Reissner gibt während einer Podiumsdiskussion einen kleinen Einblick in aktuelle Zahlen des Unternehmens: “Wir sind in sehr kurzer Zeit vom erfolgreichen Startup zu einem weltweit agierenden Marktführer geworden, sodass wir mittlerweile 200 Antriebssysteme im Orbit haben.” Dazu beschäftige das Unternehmen, das sich weiterhin auf Wachstumskurs befindet, mittlerweile rund 70 Mitarbeiter:innen und betreibt einen weiteren Standort in den USA.

Drei Startups sind in der aktuellen Ausstellung vertreten (vlnr.) Michael Moll, GF accent Inkubator, Michael Kitzmantel, CEO AT-Space GmbH, Alexander Reissner, CEO Enpulsion GmbH, Doris Agneter, GF tecnet equity, Carsten Scharlemann, CEO R-Space GmbH | (c) accent/APA Fotoservice/Ben Leitner

Neuer Weltraum-Bereich im Museum geplant

ENPULSION, das im Innovation Corner sein Triebwerk “NEO” vorstellt, ist aber nur ein Beispiel. Insgesamt acht Startups bzw. Forschungsprojekte sind nun bis 26. Mai in der Ausstellung zu sehen (siehe unten). Und für Weltraum-Begeisterte könnte es übrigens im Technischen Museum bald noch mehr zu sehen geben. “Wir haben noch keinen großen Weltraum-Bereich im Technischen Museum. Ich darf aber verraten: Wir arbeiten daran”, sagt Generaldirektor Peter Aufreiter bei der Eröffnung.


Das sind die 8 gezeigten Projekte:

Satellitenkryptografie | Fachhochschule St. Pölten

Sichere Telekommunikation setzt eine sichere Kryptografie voraus. Bislang wurden dafür ausschließlich mathematische Methoden verwendet, demgegenüber steht eine physikalische Methode, die auf der Wechselseitigkeit der Funkübertragung und der Messung von Funkkanaleigenschaften basiert. Der Fachhochschule St. Pölten ist es gelungen, diese Technologie mithilfe der Bewegung von Satelliten auch über große Entfernungen einsetzbar zu machen.

Gasverteiler- und Gasdruckdosierungssystem | RHP Space

Das Gasverteiler- und Gasdruckdosierungssystem des Unternehmens RHP Space ist Teil des Antriebssystems, mit dem seit einigen Jahren die Satellitenkonstellation OneWeb ausgestattet wird. In der Raumfahrt setzen sich diese normalerweise aus vielen verschiedenen Teilen zusammen, welche die Systeme sehr groß und unhandlich machen sowie einen enormen Prüfaufwand verlangen. RHP Space hat diesen Aufbau komprimiert und durch einen 3D-Block mit innenliegenden Verbindungsstrukturen ersetzt, was nicht zuletzt eine sehr effiziente und kostenreduzierte technische Überprüfung ermöglicht.

CLIMB | Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt Aerospace Engineering

Das Satellitenprojekt CLIMB ist Teil der praxisnahen Ausbildung des Master-Studiengangs Aerospace Engineering der FH Wiener Neustadt und verknüpft innovative Forschungsarbeit und internationale Vernetzung. Ziel der CLIMB-Mission ist es, die elektronischen Komponenten gezielt auf ihre Strahlungsresistenz im Van-Allen-Gürtel zu testen. Dieser gehört zum Magnetfeld der Erde und schützt sie vor hochenergetischer Strahlung aus dem All, die für die Elektronik von Raumfahrzeugen extrem gefährlich sein kann.

Transportdrohne Trogon | Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt Aerospace Engineering

Das Institut für Aerospace Engineering der FH Wiener Neustadt arbeitet an neuen Konzepten für Fluggeräte und deren Aerodynamik, Stabilität und Strukturauslegung. Der ausgestellte Demonstrator im Maßstab 1:4 basiert auf dem Konzept einer schnellen Transportdrohne mit einer Spannweite von 14 Metern und einer Nutzlast von 500 kg, die eine Reichweite von 1.500 Kilometern bei einer Geschwindigkeit von 300 km/h erzielen soll und im Inneren Platz für Europaletten hat.

ASPOC-Messinstrument | FOTEC Forschungs- und Technologietransfer GmbH

Das ausgestellte ASPOC-Instrument (Active Spacecraft Potential Control) des Forschungsunternehmens FOTEC der Fachhochschule Wiener Neustadt dient dazu, die elektrische Aufladung eines Satelliten durch Einflüsse wie UV-Licht oder Sonnenwind zu verhindern, was die sensiblen Messinstrumente des Satelliten stören oder beschädigen könnte. Durch die Fertigung des Instruments im 3D-Druck wird u. a. die Zusammenführung von Einzelteilen ermöglicht, wodurch Montagetätigkeiten entfallen und Gewicht reduziert wird.

ENPULSION NEO-Triebwerk | ENPULSION

Der elektrische Feldemissionsantrieb (Field Effect Electric Propulsion) erzeugt Schub durch Ionen und ein angelegtes elektrostatisches Feld. ENPULSION entwickelte das bisher leistungsstärkste FEEP-Triebwerk, das für eine einfache Integration in Raumfahrzeugen ausgelegt ist. Der Triebwerkskopf kombiniert Emissionsoberflächen und Treibstofftanks in einem einzigen Bauteil und verwendet als Festmetalltreibstoff das ungiftige, nicht unter Druck stehende Indium, wodurch die Triebwerke – im Vergleich zu anderen Treibstoffen für Raumfahrtantriebe – vollbeladen und ohne besondere Vorkehrungen an Kunden verschickt werden können.

Black Eye | R-Space

Das Start-up R-Space arbeitet an der Durchführung von In-Orbit-Demonstrationsmissionen (IOD), die von entscheidender Bedeutung sind, wenn nachgewiesen werden soll, ob eine neue Weltraumtechnologie den Umgebungsbedingungen wie Strahlung, Hitze, Kälte und Vakuum standhalten kann. Die Konzeptstudie Black Eye von R-Space zielt darauf ab, die ausschlaggebenden technischen Anforderungen für den ersten österreichischen Satelliten, der auf Erdbeobachtung bzw. Aufklärung spezialisiert ist, zu sammeln und daraus ein vorläufiges Design abzuleiten.

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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

  • Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation.
  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
  • And a new podcast gains in popularity.

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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

  • Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation.
  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
  • And a new podcast gains in popularity.

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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

  • Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation.
  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
  • And a new podcast gains in popularity.

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  • Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation.
  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
  • And a new podcast gains in popularity.

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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

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  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

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  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
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  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
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  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
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How automotive supplier AVL gave its solutions a new purpose during the corona crisis

  • Crisis creates opportunity for growth, change, new technology and innovation.
  • This is also the case with the high-tech automotive supplier AVL, where change is business as usual: The international company uses the know-how and resources from several departments and partners around the world to contribute during the corona crisis.
  • Also, AVL has adapted its internal processes to facilitate collaboration.
  • Among other things, the company has created the platform AVL4you.com to facilitate collaboration during the crisis: This new platform went live during the crisis with great initiatives to engage with employees at home during the pandemic.
  • And a new podcast gains in popularity.