Harms & Wende
Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)
IEF Werner GmbH
University of Applied Sciences
The University of Nottingham
University of Oulu
Institute of Systems and Robotics (ISR)
ISG-Industrielle Steuerungstechnik GmbH
UPM (Polytechnic University of Madrid)
Harms & Wende’s partner description
The coordinator, Harms&Wende, is a medium-sized producer of control systems in the welding sector, since 1946. Its main focus is on pressure resistance welding. The company occupies the first place as supplier for automotive manufacturers and the second regarding the tier industry in Germany (e.g. Mercedes, Benteler and BMW). Harms&Wende is provider also at the EU level (e.g. Volvo, Faurecia and CITROEN) as well as in other foreign countries. The market share of the company concerning pressure resistance welding controls for the automotive sector amounts in Germany to about 30 %. Harms&Wende has a market share in the field of control system for resistance spot welding of 50 % in Germany and 15 % in Europe. Harms&Wende supplies customers directly via a network of suppliers e.g. in the areas household appliances, constructional steel. The customers are often manufacturers of welding machines whom employ Harms&Wende welding control systems. Harms&Wende supplies resistance welding equipment in form of control devices, quality assurance systems and complete packages to well-known machine construction companies. With the control system of Harms&Wende it is possible to master all forms of resistance welding technology such as spot, projection and seam welding. The welding controls can be networked enabling them to be incorporated into large scale production plants with a central control room. The welding controls of Harms&Wende are indispensable when considering product liability and ISO 9000 standards. Harms & Wende has great experience in European research projects. Harms & Wende coordinated several projects where the most important are the integrated project XPRESS with 17 partners coming from 9 European countries and I-RAMP³ with 12 partners from 6 countries. Besides the coordination, Harms & Wende is also well known as a technology provider for high-tech solutions within collaborative research.
Harms & Wende’s role and contribution to ReBORN
Harms & Wende acts as the overall project coordinator of ReBORN. In this role Harms & Wende is responsible to guarantee a smooth collaboration within the ReBORN consortium and acts as the project’s representative to the European Commission. Furthermore, Harms & Wende also acts as technology provider for the development of welding equipment on the basis of the VERSONs. This will give Harms & Wende’s the opportunity to develop the next generation welding control units.