CURPAS and Ersa have held two workshops titled ‘Drone meets Soldering Iron.’
The events were held at the University of Zielona Gora in Poland and at the Technical University in Chemnitz.
The idea for the two workshops was first born during the CURPAS International Annual Conference in 2018 where Jörg Nolte, product manager soldering tools, rework and inspection systems, spoke to drone experts about solder joints for the first time.
Dr. Christina Eisenberg, treasurer and network manager of the GRW network CURPAS, commented: “We discussed the topic of electronics in unmanned systems with Mr. Nolte right from the start. The assembly of the UAS stands at the very beginning of the value chain that we defined.”
She added: “Since we at CURPAS see our task in bringing together experts from various disciplines, it was obvious that we wanted to bring the expertise of Mr. Nolte and Ersa to the association and its members to ensure a transfer of know-how to the next generation of engineers.”
Both in Zielona Gora and at the TU Chemnitz more than 30 students from different technical studies participated in the workshops.
These consisted of a presentation in which Manfred Wolff, soldering specialist from Ersa, gave a detailed lecture on electronics production and in particular on the importance of solder joints.
In a second presentation, the participants were given an insight into the application areas of drones, which was concluded in Poland with a flight demonstration by the Zielona Gora fire brigade.
At the Technical University in Chemnitz, the German drone manufacturer Tholeg Robotics, a member of CURPAS, presented its drone for police and fire brigade operations and answered students’ questions about flight times, possible applications and legal framework conditions.
The workshop ended with a live demonstration of manual soldering, in which the students were able to try Ersa soldering tools themselves. In addition, students in Poland and Germany were able to win an Ersa soldering station.