As a provider of engineering services, we rely on a wide-ranging network of cooperation agreements and partnerships relating to the topic of simulation.
CADFEM GmbH was founded in 1985, and is part of the CADFEM Group, which comprises more than 20 companies. CADFEM GmbH is also a close sales partner of ANSYS Inc., the world’s largest developer of simulation software. With the support of ANSYS Inc., CADFEM GmbH organises the annual Simulation Conference, one of the largest specialist conferences for numerical simulation in the industry and research sectors.
We are linked to CADFEM GmbH by more than 35 years of partnership, as we have been using the Ansys software since 1984 already, back then in program version 4.1. In 2014, we concluded a cooperation partnership with CADFEM GmbH, and have since been conducting training courses on the application of the Ansys software on behalf of CADFEM GmbH. In addition, since 2015 we have also been represented as an exhibitor and speaker at the annual Simulation Conference in Germany, and since 2019 also in Austria.
Hoheisel engineering GmbH, registered in Kamen, Germany, is a services company that acts as a development partner covering the full bandwidth of product development from concept development to series production. Major focal points of the engineering service provider lie in product development for plastic components, e.g. for the automotive supplier industry, the logistics sector, and the consumer goods industry, as well as in substitution e.g. of welded steel designs with cast part designs.
Since our company was founded, we have been working together with hoheisel engineering GmbH on a wide array of different products and handle the mechanical design of components. Together with hoheisel engineering GmbH, we conducted e.g. the development project for the Velaro CRH3 high-speed train.
The network “In|Die RegionRuhr: Digital Factory” supports manufacturing SMEs from Bochum, Dortmund and Hagen free of charge on a needs-oriented basis in the development of digital innovations. The range of services provided includes information brokering and networking events as well as individual coaching and financial support through the InnoScheck.RUHR innovation subsidy programme. In|Die RegionRuhr is a partnership project between the business development funds and Chambers of Commerce of Bochum, Dortmund and Hagen, and is subsidised by the State of North Rhine-Westphalia using ERDF funds.
We work together with the In|Die RegionRuhr network on many levels. As a member of the “Simulation Focus Group”, we have joined with partners from business and research to take the subject to regional small and medium-sized enterprises. We provided assistance as consultants within the framework of the InnoScheck.RUHR innovation subsidy programme. At specialist trade fairs and leading international expos, such as ‘All About Automation’ and ‘Maintenance’, we regularly exhibit at the joint stand of the network, and add to the programme of the fair with specialist lectures on the subject of digital twins. In|Die RegionRuhr has also supported us in activities as part of InnoSentriS.
The Ansys User Club is a charitable association founded in 1987, which aims to foster the sharing of information and knowledge regarding the finite elements method, and to train and support young scientific talent in this area. Because it has a large number of members from many different sectors of industry, since it was founded the Ansys User Club has successfully been influencing the further development of the Ansys program system and its product family.
We in the Ansys User Club have been regularly participating for over 20 years in the annual national workshops, through presentations at these workshops, and through many years of involvement in the management board of the Ansys User Club. Since our company was founded, ITB GmbH has been supporting the activities of the Ansys User Club through its company membership.
The Dortmund Simulation Skills Network (KOSIM) was founded in 2008 on the initiative of Mr Wolfgang Brose and with the support of the Dortmund business development fund, and is an alliance of companies in the field of simulation from or regionally related to the Dortmund location.
The aim of this network is to bring together the different simulation methods of the product development process, making available a technology and knowledge platform in particular to small and medium-sized enterprises, and making simulation processes accessible to companies on a needs-oriented basis.
Since the founding of the KOSIM network, we have initiated and implemented a large number of activities together with the Dortmund business development fund and the network partners. For example, in 2009 our company and the KOSIM network exhibited for the first time at the Hannover Messe for Industry. Our company has since been represented as an exhibitor every year at the world’s largest industrial trade fair.
Further information on the KOSIM network from the Dortmund business development fund can be found here.
The TechNet Alliance is a globally active network of companies and experts from the CAE sector that are involved worldwide in consulting, training, marketing and sales of various CAE programs and technology. The network was founded in 1998, and has since established itself as one of the largest networks in the CAE sector, with more than 50 active members from more than 25 countries.
Since January 2019, ITB has been a member of the TechNet Alliance, and has since been participating in the twice yearly international network events, in order to learn and share information on the state of the art in the CAE sector, amongst other things through specialist lectures on new simulation programs and methods.
Since September 2018, our company has been a sponsoring member of the Westphalian Regional Association of the VDI (Association of German Engineers), which has its offices in Dortmund. The Westphalian Regional Association of the VDI was founded in 1856, and thus looks back on a long tradition and continuous growth in its member numbers. Since 2016, the Westphalian Regional Association of the VDI has had more than 2,500 members.
The aims of the regional association include fostering and encouraging the sharing of technical experience and technical progress, as well as supporting young talent in the technology sector. To this end, the Westphalian Regional Association has established working committees on a wide range of current technical topics, initiated networking activities for young engineers, and in May 2010 it founded the VDIni Club Dortmund to create a platform where children can be encouraged to take an interest in technology through various event formats.
Because we, too, want to get young people excited about technical and engineering professions, and also pursue this aim actively e.g. through work experience for high school students, we are very happy to support the Westphalian Regional Association through our membership.