Heuermann HF-Technik GmbH Founded as a Spin-Off of Aachen University
of Applied Sciences
Press Release, 18th September 2008
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
Kai Hanisch and Dipl.-Ing.
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 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.
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.