Gerresheimer as an Innovative Learning Location

Gruppenbild vom Workshop Innovativer LernOrt am 21. Juni zwischen den Experten von Gerresheimer und den Studierenden der OTH Amberg Weiden

Close partnership between industry and OTH Amberg-Weiden 

Düsseldorf/Wackersdorf, June 25, 2018. Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH has been designated an Innovative Learning Location by the Technical University of Applied Sciences Amberg-Weiden (OTH Amberg-Weiden) for several years. The university is using this type of partnership to harness the expertise offered by local businesses, providing contact with the technical specialists of the future in return. On June 21, Gerresheimer’s Technical Competence Center in Wackersdorf hosted its second workshop dedicated to exchanging ideas between scientific theory and industrial practice.

Medical technology specialist Gerresheimer and the OTH Amberg-Weiden have been working together closely for many years now, collaborating on projects such as establishing an endowed professorship in medical technology and setting up a clean room laboratory at the university. The partners successfully combine scientific theory and industrial practice by way of dual degree programs and numerous options for dissertations. Gerresheimer has also been one of the university’s designated Innovative Learning Locations since 2014. The OTH Amberg-Weiden has made the deliberate choice not to set up any satellite sites but instead to pool all its expertise on a single campus. Decentralized creative centers secure a local presence, either providing outstanding learning environments just like the surrounding monasteries, or, in the case of industrial companies, offering well-equipped laboratories and excellent technical expertise.

You only need to look at the partners’ recent line-up of events to see that the knowledge transfer works well both ways. On May 25, two talks were held at the OTH Amberg-Weiden, with Annika Zach (an HR Development Specialist at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) kicking things off with a general presentation on HR management and the application process at Gerresheimer. Anna Weidner (an Automation Validation Engineer from the same site) followed this up with a specific look at launching a career, using the example of system validation. Later, on June 7, Christoph Kellermann (Head of Automation Systems at Gerresheimer Bünde GmbH, Bünde) gave a talk on industrial image processing – an absolutely essential technology in the quality management system at Gerresheimer. Afterward, Christian Lanzl (a Calculation Expert at Gerresheimer Regensburg GmbH, Wackersdorf) and Reinhard Hösl (Global Head of Automation Engineering at the same site) introduced a potential topic for a semester project designed to involve multiple students: devising an inhaler assembly concept. 

The next workshop was held on June 21. It aimed to build on the results of the first and hone how they might be applied in practice. The event began with several students presenting their findings from their inhaler assembly projects. Participants then delved further into the subject of industrial image processing by looking at some practical examples. Anna Weidner rounded off the day by explaining to students the validation steps involved in automation using a finished machine.

About Gerresheimer

Gerresheimer is a leading global partner to the pharma and healthcare industry. With specialty glass and plastic products, the Company contributes to health and well-being. Gerresheimer operates worldwide and its approximately 10,000 employees manufacture products in local markets, close to its customers. With plants in Europe, North America, South America and Asia, Gerresheimer generates revenues of around EUR 1.3 bn. The comprehensive product portfolio includes pharmaceutical packaging and products for the safe, simple administration of medicines: Insulin pens, inhalers, prefillable syringes, injection vials, ampoules, bottles, and containers for liquid and solid medicines with closure and safety systems as well as packaging for the cosmetics industry.

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