Forschungs- und Transferzentrum Zwickau (FTZ)
The Forschungs- und Transferzentrum (FTZ e.V.) is a facility which has a close focus on industry-related research in the fields of metrology, manufacturing processes as well as in applied computer science. It is closely linked to academic research with the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (WHZ).
The Forschungs- und Transferzentrum (FTZ e.V.) is a facility which has a close focus on industry-related research in the fields of metrology, manufacturing processes as well as in applied computer science. It is closely linked to academic research with the Westsächsische Hochschule Zwickau (WHZ). The income of the association benefits the university by providing the latest research infrastructure for internships and apprenticeship training.
In return, the association can use the structures of the WHZ. A “WIN-WIN” situation that has proven to be a success. The most important customers include all OEMs of the automotive industry, all German automotive manufacturers and suppliers, companies in the semiconductor industry, energy technology and electrical engineering sector as well as in mechanical and plant engineering.
The FTZ acts as a scientific partner in the areas of optical polymer analysis and laser-material interaction in order to provide an industry ready solution to remove organic process auxiliaries. In cooperation with industry partners, it will focus on the scientific basics and the transfer of scientific knowledge to industry exploitable results.
The key-know how of FTZ persist in the combination of the experimental characterization of optical properties of materials with the design, development and test electronic control components for laser ablation systems. Additionally, FTZ provides novel solutions for algorithmic and software problems ranging from firmware development to user-interaction and visualization.
FTZ will contribute latest research on optical metrology and development of advanced hard- and software to control laser ablation processes. Especially, modern technologies such as machine learning approaches will be used to foster data analysis and process control. Furthermore, due to the innovative combination of metrology and laser ablation, the potential of a digitalized, fully automated process which will be scaled and adapted in other industries such as mechanical and automotive engineering. Once developed, it will be adapted to further process steps in the value chain of semiconductor production and will therefore strengthen the European industry.