23. May 2019

Linz Research Centre RECENDT Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Non-destructive testing has become indispensable in virtually every sector of industry for verifying and assuring the quality of materials, components and products. The Linz-based research centre RECENDT has been at the forefront of developing these modern methods of testing since it was founded in 2009, and now has a workforce of around 40 people engaged on this task. To mark the 10th anniversary of RECENDT, a member of the Upper Austrian Research (UAR) innovation network, a small celebration was held yesterday evening in Linz.

“Today, construction of aircraft and vehicles, but also the manufacture of food packaging, is unthinkable without constant checks using non-destructive testing methods,” said Upper Austria’s economy and research minister Markus Achleitner. “Every component for which safety and health are relevant factors is given a thorough check. The industrial region of Upper Austria in particular needs strong innovation partners like RECENDT in this field who explore new technological approaches at an early stage, work with industry to rapidly put them to practical industrial use, and so guarantee an advantage in both innovation and quality,” said Achleitner, impressed by the company’s research achievements. He went on to congratulate the research centre on its anniversary.

“RECENDT has established itself as a key player in the non-university research community in Upper Austria and beyond. That’s why the government of Upper Austria has already invested a total of EUR 13 million in the centre itself and the projects it is involved in since its foundation in 2008. Overall,” said minister Achleitner, “the province has provided government funds of EUR 155.3 million for research alone since 2014, leading to projects with budgets totalling EUR 790.4 million, which represents a fivefold return.” In total, funds of around EUR 500 million have been granted to 4,537 projects as part of the current business and research strategy “Innovatives OÖ 2020”, leading to total project budgets of around EUR 2.2 billion.”

Combination of modern technologies

Approximately 100 guests from business, industry and science accepted the invitation to the function rooms of Sparkasse Upper Austria to look back on the successes of the past years and look ahead to the future of non-destructive testing methods. The combination with augmented reality gives rise to entirely new possibilities of non-destructive quality inspection. With a pair of smart glasses, quality managers will be able to precisely examine measured data directly on real parts, such as an entire aircraft fuselage. RECENDT supports leading industrial concerns such as the aircraft component constructor FACC and voestalpine on innovation projects of this and similar types.

“A total of 22 patents or licences and around 300 scientific publications based on over 400 projects underline the success of the past years in figures,” said RECENDT CEO Dr. Peter Burgholzer.

Know-how transfer to medical engineering

The UAR Innovation Network currently consists of a total of 16 non-university research centres with over 1,000 employees. Production research – with the main focus on information and communications technology, mechatronics and innovative materials – is a particular strength. “Technologies developed from production research also offer great potential for use in medical engineering and are becoming increasingly common in this field,” explained Dr. Wilfried Enzenhofer, CEO of Upper Austrian Research GmbH.

Group photo:
Left to right: Wolfgang Stadlbauer/UAR, Dr. Peter Burgholzer/RECENDT, Markus Achleitner/Upper Austrian government, Dr. Kathrin Kober-Rychli/FFoQSI competence centre, Helmut Höller/FACC

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(c) Cityfoto / Roland PELZL