The Freudenberg Innovation Award was presented to the “Atomistic Simulations” project as an outstanding innovation example. The Freudenberg global technology group has established a new process that can be used to fundamentally better understand and optimize the friction in materials, lubricants and seals.
“Atomistic Simulations” involve computer-based methods to describe the movement and interactions of molecules and atoms, allowing for analysis of which material pairings are particularly well suited for specific applications. This knowledge can be used to design energy-saving products for industrial applications, ensuring top levels of efficiency. Friction, wear, and maintenance costs are kept to a minimum.
A Freudenberg team of developers and technicians from the Freudenberg business areas, Freudenberg Technology Innovation, Freudenberg Sealing Technologies, EagleBurgmann and Klüber Lubrication proved for the first time how effective this approach can be. The Fraunhofer Institute for Mechanics of Materials in Freiburg, Germany also played a vital role. The result was a fast and functional solution for a Canadian power plant operator.
In addition to the “Atomistic Simulations” innovation, the “Freudenberg Innovation Award” presented four other finalist projects that illustrate how intensively Freudenberg is researching improvements for its customers.
The projects included a modular catheter concept, a high-tech material for clothing, an environmentally friendly coating with high corrosion resistance and improvements to the industrial processes for sealing fuel cells.
The award is Freudenberg’s highest internal award that honors outstanding innovation achievements by company employees.
“Current technological change is far-reaching, particularly in digitalization, mobility and sustainability,” said Dr. Tilman Krauch, Head of Innovation at the Freudenberg Group. “Having an even deeper understanding of complex technological interdependencies is becoming more important. It is a challenge we are happy to face.”
In 2018, Freudenberg invested some 444 million euros in research and development activities - over 17 million euros more than in the year before. 3,590 employees work in this area around the world.
“Our innovation strength helps create added value for our customers and society,” says Dr. Mohsen Sohi, CEO of the Freudenberg Group. “We work together as a team to advance excellence, efficiency and sustainability and expand our successful company.”