The world’s unique “Erlebnispark Fördertechnik” (Amusement Park for Conveyor Technology) in Sinsheim exhibits ordinary aspects of motion – with extraordinary technology.
At the push of a button, the 20 metre long letter sorting machine begins to rattle. As if by magic, letters and packages arrive at the corresponding drawers, carried by hundreds of reels and guided by rails, and they are accurately sorted for distribution to the relevant addressees. The world’s unique “Erlebnispark Fördertechnik” (Amusement Park for Conveyor Technology) in Sinsheim exhibits ordinary aspects of motion – with extraordinary technology. “Many tasks of everyday life would not be feasible without innovative conveyor technology,” says Norbert Axmann, who founded the museum that opened in 2013.
Axmann knows that many jobs could not be carried out without hydraulic systems or without made-to-measure mechanisms that enable conveyor belts to wind their ways along ingeniously. Neither could our luggage be transported to the carousels at the airports, nor could our cars be hoisted for repairs. Conveyor technology is, therefore, his favourite field of interest. And his passion. So one day, the 74-year-old engineer and entrepreneur decided to bring an amusement park on conveyor technology into being – the “Erlebnispark Fördertechnik”.
A visit to the exhibition in Sinsheim makes you very aware of the power and the complex technologies that people can develop when they want to move things from A to B or carry loads up and down.
One of a total of around one hundred astonishing exhibits is the letter sorting machine that sits enthroned in the 1,700 square metre museum like a steel dinosaur. The exhibition also includes a colliery railway that used to run underground as well as hydraulic lifts, a traditional pulley, or a picturesque cable car cabin that was once dragged across a river.
“Who knows quite how these machines function today, and where can you experience such a machine from close up,” Norbert Axmann had wondered. Born in Essen in the Ruhr region, he has been living near Sinsheim for decades. As an inventor and a developer he has filed over a hundred patent applications in the field of conveyor technology – he runs the “Axmann Technology AG – Innovation in Automation” company in Zuzenhausen together with a partner.
“Thus spoke Zarathustra“ – shot up into the air out of pneumatic cannons.
Today, he exhibits a broad variety of most diverse conveyors right next to the “Technikmuseum”, the Sinsheim Museum of Technology. Many exhibits were donated by companies, but you can also discover pieces that were uniquely made for the museum. Such as the volleyball game that shoots balls out of pneumatic cannons up into the air, a perfect spectacle being accompanied by Richard Strauss’ sounds of “Also sprach Zarathustra” (Thus Spoke Zarathustra). This museum creator has a sense of humour as well as fun anyhow. He is particularly happy about school children visiting the exhibition and being infected by his contagious enthusiasm about how things are moved.