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Some call it work. I call it: magic.

Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals is team coordinator for laser and sensor technology in Technology Development Production

Our laser technology expert binds aluminium components with innovative joining processes at the Lightweight Design Centre in Neckarsulm. What appeals to a research scientist of his calibre about Audi? The fact that he’s able to rethink, refine and develop technology.

Why his job is so important to Audi


As a developer, Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals uses his knowledge and his experience to set up new laser beam technologies and sensor concepts that Audi can exploit to its advantage. His job involves selectively applying heat, precisely using the laser beam and, in turn, configuring welds precisely. Only precision-controlled thermal management can enable the realisation of new lightweight design that keeps flange dimensions at their barest minimum. Current developments include new joining concepts for doors that will help increase convenience and safety for Audi drivers.

His responsibilities:


Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals manages and coordinates the specialist and strategic organisation of the laser and sensor technology team in the Technology Development Joining/Lightweight Construction area. In carrying out his primary tasks, which also include laser beam technology development and management of public research projects, he regularly initiates exchanges of ideas with other scientists and technicians at specialised conferences or trade fairs. At the same time, his knowledge and experience reinforces the steady influence he exerts on all phases of the process chain – from construction design to integration into series production. The implementation of new laser technology in production requires a close interdisciplinary cooperation with colleagues.

Hard and soft skills he needs:


The continual improvement of existent processes and technologies requires both self-discipline and self-motivation of the highest degree as well as technical expertise and experience in laser technology. Of course, technical expertise and experience in laser beam technology are essential in this respect. Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals is driven by the determination of always keeping up with state-of-the-art science and technology.
At the same time he really enjoys teamwork and shows a great deal of empathy towards colleagues. Both respect and appreciation for the work of others as well as a considerable measure of self-assertion are indispensable to the successful development of new ideas and processes.

A short biography


After completing secondary school, Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals switched to the Backnang Technical High School. He decided to study automation technology in the field of mechatronics at the University of Stuttgart where he specialised in laser technology and graduated from the Institut für Strahlwerkzeuge there. Even as a student he gained practical experience at Audi. He has been at his present position for four years.

His role model:


Professor Helmut Hügel, former director of the Institute for Laser Beam Tools (IFSW) at the University of Stuttgart. A pioneer in laser beam technology and supervisor of Dr.-Ing. Jan-Philipp Weberpals.

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