Development and research
Always one step ahead
Development is a key priority at thyssenkrupp Rasselstein. Our experts are continuously engaged in devising and improving new and existing materials as well as products and production processes. Our customers can draw on the combined expertise of our four research and development teams. With their broad range of services, our experts will provide analyses and solutions tailored to your needs.
Materials science and metallurgy
Technology and service in one
The expertise and experience of our team of materials scientists is directed mainly at serving the customer - in responding to inquiries, problems and complaints, and in our quality planning for customer orders.
In addition, the team provides manufacturing support in the context of process and product improvements using laboratory simulations. Our experts develop new materials and optimize existing ones for tinplate and blackplate applications on a continuous basis. In cooperation with our hot rolled strip suppliers, they also monitor the quality of the raw materials used. Other services they provide include special-purpose research, metallography and materials technology.
Surface technology and chemistry
Chemistry is correct here
The experts in our surface technology and chemistry teams have a variety of tasks. Apart from traditional chemical analyses aimed at characterizing operating fluids and process media (e.g., pickling, degreasing and coating baths), they conduct environmental effluent analyses and, specifically, surface analytics. Their work is dedicated in about equal portions to customer orders and in-house operations and development.
Broad spectrum of surface analyses
Our analytical resources range from scanning microscopy to layer depth analysis using glow discharge spectroscopy, through to electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Scanning microscopy yields topographic surface images and is also useful in the analysis of chemical surface compositions. Electrochemical impedance spectroscopy provides insights into the interaction between a metal surface and an organic coating (lacquer and/or plastic film) applied to it. The benefit of such electrochemical methods lies in the fact that they supplement traditional tests in allowing us to identify application and coating defects which cannot be detected by DC measurements.
Corrosion and adhesion tests
Using various electrochemical techniques, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein experts can determine the aggressiveness of, e.g., a canned product toward the tinplate surface. These tests permit valuable corrosion resistance forecasts. Traditional corrosion tests using automatic moist heat cycling to DIN standards are likewise conducted. With composite products (film/lacquered tinplate), the focus is on adhesion testing, particularly to describe adhesion properties after forming and sterilization processes.
Close contacts to thyssenkrupp and academic research departments
To supplement its own analytical capabilities, our surface technology team maintains close ties to thyssenkrupp research departments, external research organizations and academic institutes to maximize synergy effects.
The best solution for every application
In close cooperation with the teams from technical customer support, sales, surface technology and chemistry and material technology, our team of application experts develop product solutions perfectly tailored to client specifications.
We draw on extensive technical resources to analyze and improve our customer’s products and processes. Our strength, pressure and temperature measurement instruments help to optimally analyze the processes. Testing instruments can be adjusted and adapted in an integrated workshop area.
Measuring and testing facilities
Stability characteristics such as axis stability, base stability or peak formation pressure, can be determined by appropriate measuring systems. The shape accuracy of the products can be tested by means of highly exact contour and thickness measuring instruments. The determination of surface parameters such as roughness, topography (also values in 3D) or gloss/brightness helps us improve our product quality.
Supporting our customers
Our expert engineers and technicians conduct joint projects with customers and partners from the tinplate industry to optimize the processing characteristics of tinplate. This also includes the cooperation with leading machinery manufacturers, universities and various associations.
A team of specialists can be dispatched to conduct production analyses at a customer's site. The team makes available advanced mobile equipment such as measuring instruments for determining product quality, form analysis systems, and a high speed camera.
Additionally, new tinplate applications are developed in close cooperation with the Innovation Center.
Ideas for the future
thyssenkrupp Rasselstein's Innovation Center was established to research forward-looking tinplate applications, develop new packaging solutions, and optimize existing products. The Innovation Center provides an interface between tinplate processors, brand product manufacturers, and tinplate manufacturers. By engaging in interdisciplinary cooperation and forming strategic alliances with the customer, thyssenkrupp Rasselstein aims to play a leading role in research and development – both in packaging and with regard to other tinplate products.
Ideas for the best customer service
Fabricating prototypes and small lots of new products and identifying marketing trends are among the specialties of our Innovation Center. Many suggestions come from customers, whose concepts are implemented and tested for market viability under near real-life conditions. In addition, the Innovation Center provides support in optimizing existing products and helps with marketing consulting, market research and cost estimates. In accompanying a project, the experts from our Innovation Center can draw on advanced prototyping and patternmaking equipment – from edge trimming and metalforming machinery through to laser welding systems and application technology.