The Fehrmann Company Group, Hamburg, Germany, has reported that Dr Achim Tappe, an expert in ‘big data’ and artificial intelligence, has joined its Additive Manufacturing division. As Chief Digital Officer, Tappe will support the group’s metal AM material development using machine learning/AI and digital transformation.
Fehrmann Alloys, a member of the Fehrmann Group, recently launched AlMgty, a high-performance aluminium alloy. Henning Fehrmann, Fehrmann Managing Director, plans to work with Tappe to “revolutionise the development process for new materials.”
“We want to develop sustainable materials in conjunction with 3D printing,” explained Fehrmann. “There’s still a lot of work to be done. Because the number of parameter combinations is very large and the existing data is very diverse, we are relying on Dr Tappe’s know-how in the areas of AI and machine learning.”
Dr Achim Tappe studied chemistry and completed his doctorate in astrophysics in Sweden. He worked for some time as a research astrophysicist in the USA before entering the business world to make Big Data & digital transformation his main focus of activity.
He returned to Germany in 2014 and has since then led numerous digitalisation and Industry 4.0 initiatives in retail, energy, aerospace and heavy industry manufacturing companies.