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Course “Working and Fluid Machinery”: Excursion to Wilo SE

The company Wilo SE recently offered the students of the course “Working and Flow Machines” valuable insights into the processes of a world market leader in the field of water supply and wastewater technology at its plant in Hof.

The participants of the excursion together with the employees of Wilo SE; Picture: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

Mario Hübner, Manager System Engineering at WILO SE, gave a presentation on the importance of pump technology under constantly changing boundary conditions in times of climate change and the associated need for the development of new strategies and intelligent product lines that this entails for a manufacturer in the water sector.

Details on pump operation and damage mechanisms were presented to the students by Dr.-Ing. Thomas Keil on a scientific basis.

In the subsequent tour of the plant, the individual successive steps required to manufacture a complex unit such as a deep well or wastewater pump could be understood on site. A visit to the pump test stand with a cavitation test and a delivery test with wipes rounded off the tour. All participants now know that wet wipes must not be disposed of down the drain!

Manufacturing of tubular pumps for water supply; Image: Hof University of Applied Sciences;

Before leaving, the participants had lunch in the canteen, where they had the opportunity to exchange their impressions and, if necessary, to obtain further information.

All participants saw the highly interesting and varied event as an enrichment to the usual lecture schedule – especially since operating conditions could be demonstrated at the test rigs that should not occur under normal circumstances. The direct correlation of water shortage on pump operation and on product strategy was also taken away as a new aspect.

Prof. Dr. Jens Beck

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