03. April 2013

HARTING Mitronics collaborating with Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

HARTING Mitronics headquartered in Biel (Switzerland) and Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) in Germany have entered into a strategic partnership in order to enhance manufacturing processes and product creation in the field of molded interconnect devices (3D-MID).

The Swiss manufacturer of MID components and systems wants to work with FAU's Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) in such areas as mechanical design, electronic circuit development and reliability studies of mechatronic products.

HARTING Mitronics and FAPS at FAU are two partners commanding comprehensive know-how in this field: The Swiss company is the European market leader in the development and manufacture of MID components and systems, while the Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems, headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke, is one of the leading research institutes in this field.

As Albert Birkicht, Managing Director HARTING Mitronics, emphasizes: "The strategic partnership with FAU will assist us in expanding our technological leadership and handling additional demanding customer applications."

Institute head Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke particularly appreciates the long-term basis for the partnership, which allows "new possibilities to align university research with the current requirements from the industrial world, to bring our own innovations into use quickly and to offer motivated students fascinating assignments with practical relevance."

About the partners

HARTING AG Mitronics is a single source providing complete solutions for 3D-MID components and systems. The company handles the entire development process, from start to finish: From the initial ideas to prototyping and on to the manufacture of the series product and its qualification in a certified laboratory with the most advanced, leading edge metrology systems. Due to the fact that it integrates all the relevant processes in one company, HARTING Mitronics is also able to equip the MID substrates and consequently to deliver fully functional subassemblies.

The Institute for Factory Automation and Production Systems (FAPS) at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg is a team headed by Prof. Dr. Jörg Franke that concentrates its research on innovative manufacturing processes for mechatronic products. The development work covers the complete process chain, which starts with the packaging of electronic modules, has a focus point in the assembly of electronic components (printing, loading, soldering/sintering, testing), comprises the manufacturing processes for electric drives (particularly winding methods, connection methods, and magnet mounting), and focuses on procedures and systems for final assembly, all while considering contacting development and electrical system embedment.