The service group “Engineering” contains the working groups electronics and electro-technology as well as the mechanical engineering. This group is seen as the methodical service group at the INM, realising services both for the research departments and all other groups and divisions of the institute, such as analytics, administration and facility services. In the framework of cooperation with the chair of Technical Physics of the University of Saarland, this service group carries out the mechanical part of the work.
The main part of the work comprises the development and construction of scientific equipment and devices for basic research and research projects of the research departments, ranging from small laboratory devices to large scientific pilot plants. The service group “engineering” continues the inventive work of the scientific departments by converting it into products. Concepts are developed from research guidelines, and designs are made after specification of the requirements. Planning, designing and constructing require a close connection to the scientific departments. The realisation of the work including the assembly of complete plants and software development is mostly done in our own workshops.
A further sphere of activity is the recording of measurement for the characterisation of electrical material properties. An additional working area of the workshop is the technical adaptation and enhancement of devices and plants after the accomplishment of research projects and their delivery to the project partners of the INM. Apart from our team work, we focus on the latest technology in order to accomplish our tasks. Thus the 3D-CAD-Software Catia V5 and the CAD software CADDY++electrical is available for the production of connection diagrams as equipments for the construction.
The group of electronics/electro-technology/measurement works with highly precise measuring and controllers. The work area mechanics has CNC machinery that controlled machines up to 5 axes. Because of a close co-operation with the mechanical workshop of the department of Materials Science of the University of Saarland we utilize additional manufacturing methods, more flexible capacity planning and the extension of the equipment.
In addition to these services we set a high value on the comprehensive instruction of our apprentices and trainees.