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Born in Berlin, I also learned the profession of a toolmaker there. I studied mechanical engineering and joining technology in Berlin and Magdeburg.

My professional activities brought me together with inductive heating, which later determined my field of activity. I first worked as a development engineer in the field of inductive heating at Inducal Berlin (later Steremat Elektrowärme Berlin) until 1991. During this time I was also a member of the Soldering Technology Committee of the Chamber of Technology.

In 1991 I moved to the Norwegian company ELVA Induksjon a.s. (today EFD Induction GmbH); from 1994 to the company eldec Schwenk & Heiliger GmbH (later EMAG eldec Induction GmbH), where I worked until 2009. In addition to my professional activities, I was also actively involved as a member of the DVS's specialist society for soldering.

I have published in various trade journals on various problems and applications of inductive heating and have also lectured at various German and European trade congresses.

In addition to this technical work, I have also been concerned for many years with the question of how our so-called ancestors have actually dealt with the problem of joining metal components, especially copper, gold and silver. The fact that they invented soldering, so to speak, is an exciting question that I asked myself and wrote, a number of papers on.

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