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Grandt R.,Bochumer Verein Verkehrstechnik GmbH | Penkatzki K.-G.,LAP GmbH
MPT Metallurgical Plant and Technology International

Bochumer Verein Verkehrstechnik uses a new optical laser gauge from LAP to measure wheels for railway vehicles directly after the last forging pass. The new laser-based measuring system delivers exact information about the actual geometry of each individual wheel. The new LAP laser-based contour gauge measures the wheels still in their red-hot condition, immediately after they have been removed from the sizing press. The system gives the operators a clear view of the geometry of the products in real time. They can immediately intervene whenever there are indications that the preset tolerances are not met. After hot forming, the wheel is removed from the press by a manipulator and deposited on the turntable of the gauge. The system scans the contour of the wheel during a 360-degree rotation and captures the profile in 18 sectors. The software computes the actual profile of the wheel and the deviations from the nominal contour for each segment. Source

Stathopoulos S.,DOMI S.A. | Seifried G.,LAP GmbH | Kotsanopoulos P.,DOMI S.A. | Haug H.,LAP GmbH | And 3 more authors.
Structural Engineering International: Journal of the International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE)

It is about a twin bridge at the section 3.3 of Egnatia Motorway, westwards of Metsovo village. It bridges the Metsovitikos river and the corresponding gorge between Metsovo and Anilio villages, at a location of outstanding natural beauty; the bridge is visible from both villages, as also from the surrounding mountains. This paper reports on the most important aspects of the design and construction of this very interesting bridge, which has the longest span constructed to date in Greece with the cantilevering method and one of the longest all over the world. The construction of the bridge began in October 2004 and was completed by the end of 2008. The size of the project, the height from the river bed (approximately 150 m), the very large central span (235 m), the particularly difficult topographic and seismic conditions, the severe winter of the region and the gusty local winds were some decisive issues, which were overcome successfully. Source

Merkel S.,Weiss Business Solutions GmbH | Merkel S.,LAP GmbH | Brinkop M.,Weiss Business Solutions GmbH | Brinkop M.,LAP GmbH | And 2 more authors.
ZWF Zeitschrift fuer Wirtschaftlichen Fabrikbetrieb

Faster product cycles, less and less time for more and more projects, combined with an increasing shortage of well-trained specialists and project managers: ramp-up management is a real challenge for the automotive industry. Taking WEISS automotive GmbH as an example, this article describes how to solve the problem by means of a process-oriented approach. During the last two years, the company has completely reorganised its ramp-up management focussing on the processes and going across all departments. Using a business process management system, not only the actual project management but also a number of supporting processes have been optimised and in most cases automated. © Carl Hanser Verlag, München. Source

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