May, 2nd 2016
Dear Friends, Sponsors and Partners of IFAS
Unfortunately due to the massive fire damages, it is not possible to recommission the electrical infrastructure, which supplied both the machine tool laboratory WZL as well as the IFAS laboratories. Therefore, our IFAS laboratory will soon receive a new, independent power supply. The necessary operations have started and are currently in the planning / bidding phase.
Currently, it is assumed that the required work will be completed within the 4th quarter of 2016. Unfortunately, research work in the large laboratory, i.e. hall I, can only commence once the new electrical infrastructure is installed. The pneumatic laboratory, i.e. hall II, is not related to this issue and will most probably be put back into operation prior to hall I. Thus in certain cases, test rigs, which cannot be operated in hall II are currently being outsourced to neighboring institutes in order to ensure a timely and successful project completion.
At this point, I would especially like to express my gratitude for the obtained or promised support in form of laboratory space, infrastructure and contributions from neighboring institutes and industrial partners.

Accordingly, for each project inquiry the requirements concerning the electrical and hydraulic infrastructure in combination with the availability of laboratory space at other institutes is always being checked. Larger projects, which require longer planning and dimensioning phases, are as always preceded by simulative and design work and are thus only slightly or not at all affected by the ongoing work in hall I. As far as possible, the commissioning of new test rigs is being outsourced. In this respect, should the IFAS infrastructure be necessary, the experimental work phase is then linked to the clearance of hall I for IFAS employees. Alternatively, measurements are carried out in other laboratories.

The removal of the ventilation system on the laboratory roof is almost completed, so that the reinstallation of a new system for IFAS will begin soon. The cleaning work of the machines and test rigs, as well as the separately cleaned measurement systems and control cabinets by Belfor has successfully been completed and approved in the meantime.

Together with my staff, we are focusing all our efforts on providing our full services to you again, as soon as possible. We accept the challenge and I am personally dedicated to its successful completion. If you should have any questions the institutes' management is happy to answer them. Additionally, we will keep the homepage updated by continuously uploading the latest news.

I remain with kind regards

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Hubertus Murrenhoff

Feb. 7th 2016
Message to our friends, supporters, customers, sponsors and associations regarding the fire in the neighbouring building on February 4th, 2016
After the media covered the incident, I would like to provide you with first-hand information of the situation.

First of all, the positive aspects:
  • Nobody was hurt as the fire occurred at night.
  • A well-structured fire wall kept the fire out of our lab and damage is only related to smoke emissions and the burnt shared infrastructure.
  • The cleaning of our lab was decided, prioritized and arranged with the insurer. A specialized company obtained the order to proceed. As soon as the responsible authority gives their okay for entering the lab, the infrastructure will be repaired and we will use all available workforces for enabling at least limited operability as fast as possible step by step regaining full operability.
I would like to thank all those, who offered help by their calls or messages. Your sympathies motivate us and show us the appreciation we enjoy for our work within the industry and the world of science.

Together with my staff, we will focus all our efforts on providing our full services to you again, as soon as possible. We accept the challenge and I, myself, am dedicated to its successful completion.

We hope that our fellow WZL colleagues, staff and students will be able to start operation soon in diverse locations until a new building is constructed.

On Tuesday February 9th, 2016 the office building was opened for regular work again.

If you should have questions the institutes' management is happy to answer them. Additionally, we will keep the homepage updated by continuously uploading actual news.

Prof. Dr.-Ing Hubertus Murrenhoff