Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH Founded as a Spin-Off
Press Release, 18th September 2008
of Aachen University of Applied Sciences
It all started with the idea of revolutionising time
measurement in motor racing, using a portable lap-timing system. After two years of research, Prof. Dr.-Ing.
Holger Heuermann and his colleague Dipl.-Ing. Kai Hanisch successfully tested their microwave transponder-based
laptiming system, MicroLap. Unlike conventional systems, Microlap allows for accurate chronometry not only on
asphalt, but also, for the first time, off-road, in the water and in the air.
In order to develop and market MicroLap and other innovative high frequency technology inventions worldwide,
Prof. Heuermann has founded Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH (HHF), a spin-off of the Aachen University of Applied
Sciences. Prof. Heuermann and colleagues Dipl.-Ing.
Kai Hanisch and Dipl.-Ing.
Kokulathasan Thalayasingam, who will also be working for HHF, are all members of the University’s
Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology.
Prof. Heuermann enjoys the opportunities of
the Aachen University: “A perfect infrastructure to start a spin-off is in Aachen. Very good students are here and
we have perfect conditions for research work at the university”.
The focus of the company is the planning,
development, manufacture and delivery of services for information, communication, plasma and microwave technology
systems. In addition to manufacturing standard products, HHF develops and builds special-purpose and customised
products tailored to clients’ specific requirements.
In addition to the MicroLap laptiming system, which is
already on the market, HFF offers a number of other products. For example, an invisible security system based on
microwave technology designed to monitor corridors and rooms, Microwave Gate MS-MG1. Installed within walls, it
can detect intruders without ever revealing itself. Another HHF product, NonLin-S measurement software for
electrical components, Dipl.-Ing. Thalayasingam’s research focus, can measure electrical effects in components
with a precision that conventional systems cannot achieve, for example mobile telephone transmission frequencies.
NonLin-S can be used to determine whether or not a provider is operating within required transmission frequencies
and not interfering with the frequencies of other instruments.
The spin-off of HHF from the Aachen University of Applied Sciences was supported by an EXIST Foundation
grant from the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, which supports innovative business ideas and
entrepreneurs. For young researchers such as Hanisch and Thalayasingam, the spin-off provides a special
opportunity: While the marketing of their research developments can be good business, they can also continue to
use the facilities of the university for further research. “In this way creative ideas that come out of the
university can influence the company´s work and enrich its range of products,” Prof. Heuermann explained.
More information about HHF can be found on
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