With the Jowat Adhesive Research Award, the Detmold-based adhesive manufacturer honours outstanding solutions and approaches in the field of adhesive technology every two years. This year, the coveted prize goes to Dr Paulina Sierak. She was able to convince the jury with her dissertation on the topic of "Qualification of intelligent data analyses in automated adhesive bonding technology".
The aim of Dr Sierak's research work was to investigate and evaluate the potential of intelligent data analysis methods for use in automotive series processes. The focus was on three areas: a process-accompanying prognosis of the bonding quality as well as the possible process optimisation through the earliest possible identification of error causes, an adjustment of process parameters and a predictable maintenance of relevant plant technology.
The jury assessed Dr Sierak's work as a substantial scientific gain in knowledge with a high practical relevance. According to the jury's assessment, the knowledge gained on the use of modern machine learning and artificial intelligence methods in adhesive bonding production processes opens up new possibilities for process optimisation and sustainable quality assurance.
After graduating from high school in Augsburg, the award winner studied mechanical engineering at the Technical University of Munich, specialising in aeronautical engineering and fibre composite technology. At the University of Valencia in Spain, she broadened her spectrum in the degree programme "European Industrial Management". Dr Sierak completed both her diploma thesis and her doctoral dissertation while working at BMW AG in Munich, where she is now a specialist team leader responsible for assembly process planning. Her doctorate was supervised by the Chair of Materials and Joining Technology at the University of Paderborn under Professor Dr Gerson Meschut and the Leiden Institute of Advanced Computer Science at Leiden University in the Netherlands.
Jowat SE, based in Detmold, is one of the world's leading suppliers of industrial adhesives. These are used in particular in wood processing companies and furniture production, in the paper and packaging industry, the graphic arts industry and in the textile and automotive sectors as well as in the electrical industry. Founded in 1919, the company owns four other production companies in addition to the German production facilities in Detmold and Elsteraue: Jowat Corporation in the USA, Jowat Swiss AG, Jowat Manufacturing in Malaysia and Jowat Universal Adhesives Australia Pty. Ltd. in Australia. The full-line supplier produces more than 90,000 tons of adhesives annually with over 1,200 employees. A worldwide sales structure with 23 subsidiaries and partner companies ensures local customer support.