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updating a hydraulic test rig to train tomorrow's engineers

updating a hydraulic test rig to train tomorrow's engineers

Ever wondered how radiators in your home receive the right amount of hot water to match the thermostat setting? Or how top-floor radiators in apartment blocks or office buildings don’t run out of hot water on cold days when everyone has the heating on?
 
 “It's all down to hydraulic balancing, which optimises water distribution by equalizing system pressure,” explains Gordon Schadwinkel, product management manager at Meibes, part of Aalberts hydronic flow control. “And it’s a vital skill that engineers need to master before embarking on their careers.”
 
In fact, it is so important that institutes like the Berufsakademie Sachsen in Germany, which runs a degree programme in energy and environmental engineering that combines in-company training at Meibes, has used a 'hydraulic wall' to train undergraduates since the 1990s. But in 2018, student Johannes Dewald decided the wall needed an update, and chose to make 'constructing a new hydraulic test rig' the subject of his diploma thesis.

“Johannes thesis was a great mix of theory and practice, enabling us to construct a new test rig using state-of-the-art equipment from Meibes, with help from our sister companies Flamco, Simplex, VSH and Nexus,” Gordon says. “This means students are able to familiarise themselves with the latest products and materials available in the market as they learn about hydraulic balancing, creating a sustainable learning environment.”
 
As well as enabling Aalberts to highlight its product-based solutions to students, the project was also a strong example of working together, Gordon explains. “These types of projects lead to greater cohesion, and we saw that between Meibes, Flamco, Simplex, VSH and Nexus. Ultimately, this motivates everyone to look for additional opportunities to work together as a group, which can only strengthen our bond as an organisation.”
 
 A perfect example of how companies within the Aalberts group are stronger together.
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