Hans-Jörg Merath is co-owner of merath metallsysteme, where he is also head of sales. After completing a university degree in manufacturing engineering and gaining several years’ professional experience, he began an Executive MBA in General Management at Steinbeis University Berlin. Merath is currently working on his master’s thesis, which concerns issues such as business development and strategic focusing. As part of his MBA, Merath also helped to develop the ResoScan lab system, which won the Focus Open 2009 International Design Award Baden-Württemberg.
merath metallsysteme, based in Waiblingen near Stuttgart, develops and manufactures mechanical systems for industrial electronics and data processing technology. Forming win-win partnerships with SMEs is a promising avenue which the company is keen to continue pursuing in the future. In close collaboration with industrial designers and electronic engineers, merath metallsysteme develops new end-to-end solutions which offer customers major added value. One example of this is the ResoScan project which Hans-Jörg Merath helped to develop. ResoScan recently received an early round of applause when it won the International Design Prize Baden-Württemberg “Focus Open 2009”.
merath metallsysteme collaborated on the project with TF Instruments in Heidelberg and the agency bgp design in Stuttgart. Protected by over 60 patents, the ultrasonic resonator technology developed by TF Instruments represents a new, highly sensitive method for characterizing liquids and the compounds dissolved and suspended in them. This innovative technology has applications in the chemical, pharmaceutical and cosmetics industries, and forms the scientific basis for the ResoScan lab system. While bgp handled initial conceptualization, draft and design, merath metallsysteme transformed the design blueprints into a functional prototype, acting as an all-in-one supplier by creating the housing and every component in the system. By collaborating so closely, the three firms were able to perfectly translate ResoScan into reality quickly and inexpensively.