Exhibitor Q & A: Uwe Hartnagel, CEO at XRAY-LAB
Uwe Hartnagel, CEO at X- XRAY-LAB, has worked in the automotive industry for more than 20 years. He was always interested in how technology was growing and saw a future in that industry. XRAY-LAB was started in 1998 because the founders were convinced by the technology’s future sustainability. They had pioneered x-ray technology and innovated to make x-ray technology more affordable and higher quality.
XRAY-LAB has locations around the world. Its headquarters are in Germany and the company has two locations in the US, in Michigan and Tuscaloosa – two major cities in the automotive industry. The founders started the business for automotive companies and began to see that other industries needed x-ray and computer tomography as well. Now, they are trying to meet the needs of all industries including automotive, electronics, aerospace and defence.
What inspired you to join/start this company?
I have always had a passion for technology and techniques for building better quality for parts and our customers.
What do you think sets your company apart from your competitors?
We are always looking at how to deliver the best quality and still be cost effective for our customers. We are also looking at the new technology and new parts that are coming out and to figure out what else we should provide our customers. XRAY-LAB is also the leader of inline machines for 2D and CT.
What are the key opportunities and challenges your company faces at present?
As technology is growing, customers are making new parts with different materials, so there are always new ways to test quality. We can provide all those needs for our customers. We are innovative and our technology is ahead of its time. One challenge is trying to show companies what we can really do.
Are there any new technology developments that you are working on at the moment? Can you tell us about them?
We teamed up with Fraunhofer and are presenting the PolyCT, which is a usable add-on equipment, which can reduce the scanning time by a factor of three. The PolyCT combines precision mechanics, CT know-how as well as progressive reconstruction algorithms to an easily useable tool for every CT laboratory. You can use it with the most common CT machines and it does not interfere with your standard CT functions.
What would you say most excites you about your role?
To be the leader in quality control for the industry.
How do you think the industry will develop within the next five years? Can you tell us about the key trends emerging?
We want to help put people in space and make vehicles safer. 3D printed parts are being used more and they are using different materials than they have used in the past; we will have new test equipment for those.
What do you hope to achieve at the show next year, and what connections do you hope to make?
We want to reach out to more quality and development customers.
X-RAY LAB will be exhibiting at Electric & Hybrid Technology Expo Europe 2019 at stand 238.