CORPORATE & STRATEGY
A day with …
Matthias Lütkenhaus, glass equipment blower at the Holzminden plant. He is the only one of his kind in the entire Group. He therefore receives his assignments from all areas of the company. The 55-year-old has been working for 20 years at Symrise and knows exactly how various chemical reactions take place. This expertise allows him to manufacture and repair the optimal containers and equipment for the laboratories.
Preparing the materials: Matthias Lütkenhaus uses special glass from the company Schott for his work. Duran glass has a high resistance to thermal shock. It is resistant to acidic and alkaline substances and it can be melted several times.
A new order is announced: The equipment and columns that Matthias Lütkenhaus repairs, develops and manufactures go to all locations around the world.
For difficult jobs, Matthias Lütkenhaus uses the lathe. With its help, he can fuse large glass tubes into columns, reshape round-bottom flasks from 2 to 50 liters, or fuse together double-jacket vessels up to 6 liters in size.
There is also a cold processing area in the workshop for sawing, drilling and grinding with diamond tools.
Repair order: Before Matthias Lütkenhaus can work with the glass, he has to heat it. This removes the tension from the material.
Expert conversation: Matthias Lütkenhaus talks to Juliane Thiel from research about the new reaction columns that are needed. They should be almost two meters tall and meet special requirements.