More than 20 years of workforce training in adhesive bonding technology
Adhesive bonding will become the joining technology of
Last year Fraunhofer IFAM celebrated a very special anniversary: 20 years of giving training
courses in adhesive bonding technology. Prof. Dr. Andreas Groß has been involved from the very
outset. He is Head of the Workforce Training and Technology Transfer Department at Fraunhofer
IFAM into which the “Center for Adhesive Bonding Technology” is integrated. In this interview
with “adhäsion” he describes the success of the adhesive bonding training courses and gives
insight into the future.
Prof. Groß: Was it your own idea, more than 20 years ago, to start offering supra
company workforce training courses in adhesive bonding technology?
No, it was very much a shared idea. I started working at Fraunhofer IFAM in 1987. My third
business trip was to Berlin for a work group meeting involving representatives from R&D or-
ganizations, industrial associations, adhesive manufacturers, and adhesive users. The reason
for the meeting was to address the following question: What needs to be done in order to make
the industrial use of adhesives more successful and more sustainable? When nobody knows
why it hasn’t stuck, it’s (of course) all the adhesive’s fault!
Was this a necessity or part of the business model of Fraunhofer IFAM?
Above all it was necessity! We had to get away from the belief that “anybody can use an adhesive
successfully”. We had to get away from the thought that “even children in the kindergarten can
use adhesives”. We had to
get away from taking nega-
tive everyday thoughts about
adhesives into the profes-
sional arena, namely know-
ing that “universal adhe-
sives” cannot actually bond
all materials. Indeed, there is
no such thing as a “universal
screw” – and that is some-
thing everybody understands.
The driving force was clear - to
promote the development of
industrial adhesive bonding
technology with the help of
training courses and so pro-
mote industrial innovation.
ADHESIVES TECHNOLOGY COMPENDIUM 2015
Prof. Dr. Andreas Groß is Head of the Workforce Training
and Technology Transfer Department at Fraunhofer
IFAM into which the “Center for Adhesive Bonding Tech-
nology” is integrated. In addition, he heads various work
groups on quality assurance in adhesive bonding tech-
nology in the Deutscher Verband für Schweißen und ver-
wandte Verfahren e.V. (DVS), DIN/FSF, and CEN TC 256.
He is also chairman of the work group on adhesive bon-
ding in accordance with DIN 6701, a member of the
Technical Committee of the Industrieverband Klebstoffe
e. V., and deputy spokesperson of the management com-
mittee of the Fraunhofer Academy (FA).