Facilitating innovation through standardization


Standardization can help new technologies to succeed in the market, e.g. through increasing consumer confidence, creating an accepted framework, or through providing an agreed upon terminology and thus enabling communication across domains. The speakers of this session will introduce different aspects of how standardization can support innovation:

  • Martin Poppe (University of Applied Sciences Münster)

will discuss how getting classical electrodynamics in line with modern field theories requires an interpretation of Maxwell's equations that radically differs from current main stream concepts: There are two fields only, E and B. Other "fields" are merely contributions to these two. A much more restrictive use of the word field will end a number of misunderstandings. Furthermore, static  approximations may no longer serve as a justification for the choice of technical terms. Therefore, the ongoing use of terms like "magnetic resistance" or "flux density" in future in standards seems questionable. The reinterpretation simplifies the theory, stimulates co-operation and paves the way for a proper description of sub nano meter phenomena, as required by upcoming technologies.

  • Jean-Pierre Breysse (Getinge Group)

will take examples from a specific product that will be shown on stage to illustrate how the work done in standardization committees is, among others, a guidance for product development. It results in a popularization of a specific domain and opens it up to potential innovation. Furthermore, the work in standardization committees helps to build strategic and long-term partnerships and provides the opportunity for cross functional exchanges between specialists. These external sources of knowledge contribute to understand problematics from a different angle and enrich the company’s expertise. Innovative products can be inspired from such interactivity and performance-oriented features can be imagined in order to propose new offerings and cover unmet customer’s needs.

  • Florian Bachheibl (volabo GmbH)

will present an innovative electric drive for electronic vehicles: There is still a vast potential in electric drives, which can boost the technological transition to electric mobility. Whilst conventional drives require labor-intensive manufacturing processes and make use of rare resources, his company volabo presents a new drivetrain which is easy to manufacture with uncritical raw materials, whilst being more efficient and safer than conventional electric drives. The so-called ISCAD-drivetrain operates at safe-to-touch voltages below 60 VDC and is therefore intrinsically safe. Convincing engineers of switching to this voltage and technology could be aided significantly by a standard defining electric vehicle traction at low voltage.


Florian Bachhaibl

Director and Co-Founder
Volabo GmbH

Florian Bachheibl studied mathematical engineering with a focus on mechatronics at the Universitaet der Bundeswehr Muenchen. Subsequently, he worked on the modelling and simulation of passive components in electrical drives bevor he changed over to the Volabo GmbH as managing director and co-founder. He now works on the development and commercialization of the ISCAD-drivetrain.

Jean-Pierre Breysse

Maquet SAS

With a background in biomedical engineering, Jean-Pierre Breysse, presently Open Innovation Director for the Surgical Workflows Activity of the Getinge Group, has been coordinating and leading group research and innovation activities but also had responsibilities in upstream and downstream marketing.
As for standardization committees Jean-Pierre Breysse contributed as Convenor for the Maintenance Group of IEC60601-2-41: Particular requirements for the safety of surgical luminaires and luminaires for diagnosis.

Prof. Dr. phil. Martin Poppe

Münster University of Applied Sciences

Martin Poppe was born in Hamburg in 1956. He received his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1981. "Exclusive Hadron Production in Two Photon Collision", published in 1986, is the title of his Habilitationsschrift accepted by the University of Hamburg. Via CERN and Robert Bosch GmbH, he came to the Münster University of Applied Sciences in 1994. He teaches electronics, prototyping and electrodynamics. Recent books are "Prüfungstrainer Elektrotechnik” (2nd ed.) and "Die Maxwell'sche Theorie", both published in 2015.

Location: Kap Europa

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