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Significant expansion of expertise

Die Initiatoren der Übernahme: hotset-Geschäftsführer Ralf Schwarzkopf (mitte), iQtemp-Geschäftsführer Carlo Hüsken (links) und hotset-Vertriebsleiter Sven Braatz (rechts).

The ini­tia­tors of the ac­qui­si­tion: hotset Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ralf Schwarzkopf (cen­ter), iQtemp Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Car­lo Hüsken (left) and hotset Sales Di­rec­tor Sven Braatz (right).

Hotset, the spe­cial­ist in ther­mo­dy­nam­ics, crowns its 50th year of ex­is­tence with the friend­ly takeover of the tech­nol­o­gy ser­vice provider iQtemp. This ac­qui­si­tion strength­ens the com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion of the Ger­man com­po­nent sup­pli­er and sys­tem de­vel­op­er in the field of in­dus­tri­al heat­ing tech­nol­o­gy and ex­pands its range of ex­per­tise by nu­mer­ous ser­vices re­lat­ed to state-of-the-art tem­per­a­ture con­trol tech­nol­o­gy. Read here which new mar­ket seg­ments hotset can tap in this way.

As a fam­i­ly-owned Ger­man com­pa­ny, hotset is con­sid­ered one of the lead­ing sup­pli­ers and sys­tem providers in in­dus­tri­al heat­ing tech­nol­o­gy. Its re­cent port­fo­lio in­cludes the pro­duc­tion of heat­ing el­e­ments and sen­sors as well as the de­vel­op­ment of cus­tomized sys­tem and project so­lu­tions. The ac­qui­si­tion of iQtemp on June 1, 2023 – just in the year of the company’s 50th an­niver­sary – marks a for­ward-look­ing step in the fur­ther ex­pan­sion of its ex­per­tise and its en­try in­to new mar­ket seg­ments. This is be­cause the in­te­gra­tion of iQtemp ser­vices from the ar­eas of en­gi­neer­ing, sim­u­la­tion tech­nol­o­gy, ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing as well as vac­u­um braz­ing, dif­fu­sion weld­ing, cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion and fil­ter tech­nol­o­gy means a sig­nif­i­cant ex­pan­sion of the hotset port­fo­lio of prod­ucts, com­po­nents and sys­tems. “With this ex­pan­sion of ex­per­tise, we are un­der­pin­ning our skills in the fields of con­trol tech­nol­o­gy, sys­tem de­vel­op­ment and process op­ti­miza­tion, and at the same time open­ing up max­i­mum lee­way for the re­al­iza­tion of in­no­v­a­tive, in­tel­li­gent ther­mal man­age­ment so­lu­tions for all tasks in in­dus­tri­al heat­ing and cool­ing tech­nol­o­gy”, says hotset Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ralf Schwarzkopf. On the one hand, this means that the com­pa­ny can sup­port its cus­tomers in plas­tics tech­nol­o­gy, tool­mak­ing, foundry en­gi­neer­ing, pack­ag­ing tech­nol­o­gy, food tech­nol­o­gy and hot run­ner tech­nol­o­gy even more in­ten­sive­ly in their de­vel­op­ment and de­sign work. On the oth­er hand, it can now ex­tend its op­er­at­ing range far be­yond in­to the ap­pli­ca­tion ar­eas of ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, sur­face and coat­ing tech­nol­o­gy and ma­te­ri­als en­gi­neer­ing. “As a mat­ter of fact, hotset is in­creas­ing its op­er­at­ing range quite con­sid­er­ably by in­te­grat­ing our en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­o­gy ser­vices. What’s more, the fact that our ex­per­tise can be di­rect­ly linked to the re­cent hotset port­fo­lio in many places should re­lease syn­er­gies rel­a­tive­ly quick­ly”, says Car­lo Hüsken, pre­vi­ous Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of iQtemp.

DH-System: Optimization of surface quality and process optimization in plastic injection molding

In­tel­li­gent and eco­nom­i­cal tem­per­a­ture con­trol in mold mak­ing: Com­pared to the var­io­ther­mal method, hotset’s DH-Sys­tem is more ef­fec­tive and saves more en­er­gy. It us­es 50 times less en­er­gy in the heat­ing phase.

Mission: Intelligent temperature control

For many years, both hotset and iQtemp have been com­mit­ted to the ob­jec­tive of de­vel­op­ing in­tel­li­gent sys­tem so­lu­tions for in­dus­tri­al tem­per­a­ture con­trol tech­nol­o­gy, for use in tool­mak­ing, for in­stance. These com­mon in­ter­ests ul­ti­mate­ly paved the way to start dis­cus­sions about the ac­qui­si­tion. iQtemp’s ser­vice port­fo­lio seemed very at­trac­tive to us from the very be­gin­ning and fits ide­al­ly with our sys­tem ap­proach. Now it en­ables us to re­al­ize cus­tomized, en­er­gy-ef­fi­cient and ground­break­ing com­plete so­lu­tions for ther­mal man­age­ment for pro­ce­dures and process­es in very dif­fer­ent in­dus­tries”, em­pha­sizes Sven Braatz, hotset Sales Man­ag­er and proxy hold­er. The de­ci­sive as­pect is that the takeover not on­ly pro­vides hotset with ad­di­tion­al ex­per­tise in de­sign and sim­u­la­tion tech­nol­o­gy, but al­so with nu­mer­ous com­pe­ten­cies that are rel­e­vant for rapid im­ple­men­ta­tion of cus­tomer-spe­cif­ic sys­tem and project so­lu­tions These in­clude for in­stance ad­di­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­niques, vac­u­um braz­ing and dif­fu­sion weld­ing, as well as cor­ro­sion pro­tec­tion for tem­per­ing chan­nels and the con­struc­tion of stain­less steel in-line fil­ters to pro­tect chan­nels from dirt and clogging.

Mit dem mobilen D-System HT zum Monitoring von bis zu 180° C heißen Fluiden bietet hotset ein flexibel nutzbares Messgerät zur In-Situ-Analyse des Energiehaushalts von Wasserzyklen.

hotset of­fers a flex­i­ble mea­sur­ing de­vice for in-situ analy­sis of the en­er­gy bal­ance of wa­ter cy­cles with the mo­bile D‑System HT for mon­i­tor­ing flu­ids with tem­per­a­tures of up to 180 °C.

Strengthened power to innovate

For hotset, the ac­qui­si­tion of iQtemp rep­re­sents a trans­fer of ex­per­tise and tech­nol­o­gy of ex­ten­sive sig­nif­i­cance that will strength­en the com­pet­i­tive po­si­tion of the ther­mo­dy­nam­ics spe­cial­ist in the long term. “Our new range of ser­vices now has a band­width that opens many doors for us and sig­nif­i­cant­ly fu­els our pow­er to in­no­vate. The de­vel­op­ment of flex­i­ble tem­per­a­ture con­trol sys­tems for high-pre­ci­sion re­quire­ments will ben­e­fit from this, just like our plan to en­able man­u­fac­tur­ing com­pa­nies to trans­form from gas- or steam-based process heat gen­er­a­tion to an eco­nom­i­cal sup­ply of elec­tric heat”, says hotset Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor Ralf Schwarzkopf.

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