MATERIAL ENGINEERING COMPETENCE
With a high degree of competence in the areas of materials and special metals, our interdisciplinary team of chemists, physicists and engineers operates a remarkable range of equipment.
Accredited inspection body for failure analyses and expert reports, conformity assessments of products and processes.
Accredited, mechanical-technological, metallographic testing laboratory, workshop, inspection gauges for wheels and tracks, calibration blocks for NDT.
NDT competent body per DIN 27201-7, inspection services, supervisors, engineering and inspection services for wheels and tracks.
Certified retraining, qualification & further training in materials technology
(NDT, DT, heat treatment).
Our Data protection statement
This data protection statement informs users about the nature, scope and purpose of the collection and use of data by the responsible provider (W.S. Werkstoff Service GmbH
Katernberger Straße 107, 45327 Essen, telephone +49 201 316844-0) on this website (hereinafter referred to as the “offering”).
The legal data protection foundations can be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and German Telemedia Act (TMG).
Access data / server log files
The provider (or its web space provider) collects data every time that the offering is accessed (so-called server log files). Access data includes:
Name of the website accessed, file, date and time of access, data volume transferred, notification of successful access, browser type and version, user’s operating system, referrer URL (previously visited page), IP address and the requesting provider.
The provider only uses the protocol data for statistical evaluations for the purpose of operating, securing and optimizing the offer. However, the provider reserves the right to review the protocol data subsequently if there are specific indications to suggest unlawful use.
Dealing with personal data
Personal data is information that can be used to identify a person i.e. details that can be traced back to a person. It includes the name, e-mail address or telephone number. But data such as preferences, hobbies, memberships or the websites viewed by someone also counts as personal data.
Personal data is only collected, used and passed on by the provider if this is legally permissible or the users agree to the data collection.
When contact is made with the provider (e.g. via the contact form or e-mail), the user’s data is saved for processing the enquiry and if there are any follow-up questions.
Comments and contributions
If users leave comments in a blog or other articles, their IP addresses are saved. This is done to protect the provider in case somebody leaves unlawful content in comments and articles (insults, banned political propaganda, etc.). In this case, the provider itself can be prosecuted for the comment or article and therefore has an interest in knowing the identity of the author.
We use the WS newsletter to inform you about us, current activities and special offers.
If you wish to receive the newsletter, we need a valid e-mail address and information that will enable us to check that you are the owner of the stated e-mail address, or that the owner agrees to receiving the newsletter. No further data will be collected. This data will only be used for sending the newsletter and not passed on to third parties.
When you register to receive the newsletter, we will save your IP address and the date of registration. This is only done for evidence purposes in the event that a third party misuses an e-mail address and registers to receive the newsletter without the knowledge of the authorized user.
You can withdraw your consent to the data and e-mail address being saved and used for sending the newsletter at any time. This can be done via a link in the newsletter itself, in your profile section or by sending a message to the contact options listed above.
Inclusion of third-party services and content
Third-party content such as YouTube videos, material from Google Maps, RSS feeds or graphics from other websites may be incorporated into this online offering. This always presupposes that the providers of this content (hereinafter referred to as “third-party providers”) are aware of the user’s IP address as, without this IP address, they cannot send the content to the user’s browser. The IP address is thus required to present this content. We endeavor only to use content where the relevant provider only uses the IP address to deliver the content. However, we have no influence on whether the third-party providers save the IP address (e.g.) for statistical purposes. If we are aware of this being the case, we shall notify users of this.
You can manage many online advertisement cookies from companies via the American page www.aboutads.info/choices/ or EU page www.youronlinechoices.com/uk/your-ad-choices/ .
We use the Google Tag Manager. The provider is Google Ireland Limited, Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland
The Google Tag Manager is a tool that allows us to integrate tracking or statistical tools and other technologies on our website. The Google Tag Manager itself does not create any user profiles, does not store cookies, and does not carry out any independent analyses. It only manages and runs the tools integrated via it. However, the Google Tag Manager does collect your IP address, which may also be transferred to Google’s parent company in the United States.
The Google Tag Manager is used on the basis of Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the quick and uncomplicated integration and administration of various tools on his website. If the relevant consent has been requested, the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR; the consent can be revoked at any time.
This website uses functions of the web analysis service Google Analytics. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Google Analytics enables the website operator to analyze the behavior patterns of website visitors. To that end, the website operator receives a variety of user data, such as pages accessed, time spent on the page, the utilized operating system and the user’s origin. Google may consolidate these data in a profile that is allocated to the respective user or the user’s device.
Google Analytics uses technologies that make the recognition of the user for the purpose of analyzing the user behavior patterns (e.g. cookies or device fingerprinting). The website use information recorded by Google is, as a rule transferred to a Google server in the United States, where it is stored.
This analysis tool is used on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The operator of this website has a legitimate interest in the analysis of user patterns to optimize both, the services offered online and the operator’s advertising activities. If a corresponding agreement has been requested (e.g. an agreement to the storage of cookies), the processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.
Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here: privacy.google.com/businesses/controllerterms/mccs/.
On this website, we have activated the IP anonymization function. As a result, your IP address will be abbreviated by Google within the member states of the European Union or in other states that have ratified the Convention on the European Economic Area prior to its transmission to the United States. The full IP address will be transmitted to one of Google’s servers in the United States and abbreviated there only in exceptional cases. On behalf of the operator of this website, Google shall use this information to analyze your use of this website to generate reports on website activities and to render other services to the operator of this website that are related to the use of the website and the Internet. The IP address transmitted in conjunction with Google Analytics from your browser shall not be merged with other data in Google’s possession.
You can prevent the recording and processing of your data by Google by downloading and installing the browser plugin available under the following link: tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
For more information about the handling of user data by Google Analytics, please consult Google’s Data Privacy Declaration at: support.google.com/analytics/answer/6004245.
This website uses the “E-Commerce Tracking” function of Google Analytics. With the assistance of E-Commerce Tracking, the website operator is in a position to analyze the purchasing patterns of website visitors with the aim of improving the operator’s online marketing campaigns. In this context, information, such as the orders placed, the average order values, shipping costs and the time from viewing the product to making the purchasing decision are tracked. These data may be consolidated by Google under a transaction ID, which is allocated to the respective user or the user’s device.
Data on the user or incident level stored by Google linked to cookies, user IDs or advertising IDs (e.g. DoubleClick cookies, Android advertising ID) will be anonymized or deleted after 50 month. For details please click the following link: support.google.com/analytics/answer/7667196
This website uses the functions of Google Analytics Remarketing. The provider of these solutions is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
Google Remarketing analyzes your user patterns on our website (e.g. clicks on specific products), to allocate a certain advertising target groups to you and to subsequently display matching online offers to you when you visit other online offers (remarketing or retargeting).
Moreover, it is possible to link the advertising target groups generated with Google Remarketing to device encompassing functions of Google. This makes it possible to display interest-based customized advertising messages, depending on your prior usage and browsing patterns on a device (e.g. cell phone) in a manner tailored to you as well as on any of your devices (e.g. tablet or PC).
If you have a Google account, you have the option to object to personalized advertising under the following link: www.google.com/settings/ads/onweb/.
The use of Google Remarketing is based on Art. 6 1 lit. et seq. GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in the marketing of the operator’s products that is as effective as possible. If a respective declaration of consent was requested, processing shall occur exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR; the given consent may be revoked at any time.
For further information and the pertinent data protection regulations, please consult the Data Privacy Policies of Google at: policies.google.com/technologies/ads.
For the formation of target groups, we use, among other things, the Google Remarketing customer reconciliation feature. To achieve this, we transfer certain customer data (e.g. email addresses) from our customer lists to Google. If the respective customers are Google users and are logged into their Google accounts, matching advertising messages within the Google network (e.g. YouTube, Gmail or in a search engine) are displayed for them to view.
This website uses Google Conversion Tracking. The provider of this service is Google Ireland Limited (“Google”), Gordon House, Barrow Street, Dublin 4, Ireland.
We use Google Conversion Tracking on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. et seq. GDPR. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in the analysis of the user patterns with the aim of optimizing both, the operator’s web presentation and advertising. If a respective declaration of consent was requested (e.g. concerning the storage of cookies), processing shall occur exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. a GDPR; the given consent may be revoked at any time.
For more information about Google Conversion Tracking, please review Google’s data protection policy at: policies.google.com/privacy
To measure conversion rates, this website uses the visitor activity pixel of Facebook. The provider of this service is Facebook Ireland Limited, 4 Grand Canal Square, Dublin 2, Ireland. According to Facebook’s statement the collected data will be transferred to the USA and other third-party countries too.
This tool allows the tracking of page visitors after they have been linked to the website of the provider after clicking on a Facebook ad. This makes it possible to analyze the effectiveness of Facebook ads for statistical and market research purposes and to optimize future advertising campaigns.
For us as the operators of this website, the collected data is anonymous. We are not in a position to arrive at any conclusions as to the identity of users. However, Facebook archives the information and processes it, so that it is possible to make a connection to the respective user profile and Facebook is in a position to use the data for its own promotional purposes in compliance with the Facebook Data Usage Policy. This enables Facebook to display ads on Facebook pages as well as in locations outside of Facebook. We as the operator of this website have no control over the use of such data.
The use of Facebook Pixel is based on Art. 6 Sect. 1 lit. f GDPR. The operator of the website has a legitimate interest in effective advertising campaigns, which also include social media. If a corresponding agreement has been requested (e.g. an agreement to the storage of cookies), the processing takes place exclusively on the basis of Art. 6 para. 1 lit. a GDPR; the agreement can be revoked at any time.
Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here: www.facebook.com/legal/EU_data_transfer_addendum und de-de.facebook.com/help/566994660333381.
In Facebook’s Data Privacy Policies, you will find additional information about the protection of your privacy at: www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.
You also have the option to deactivate the remarketing function “Custom Audiences” in the ad settings section under www.facebook.com/ads/preferences/. To do this, you first have to log into Facebook.
If you do not have a Facebook account, you can deactivate any user based advertising by Facebook on the website of the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance: www.youronlinechoices.com/de/praferenzmanagement/.
This website uses the Insight tag from LinkedIn. This service is provided by LinkedIn Ireland Unlimited Company, Wilton Plaza, Wilton Place, Dublin 2, Ireland.
We use the LinkedIn Insight tag to obtain information about visitors to our website. Once a website visitor is registered with LinkedIn, we can analyze the key occupational data (e.g., career level, company size, country, location, industry, job title) of our website visitors to help us better target our site to the relevant audience. We can also use LinkedIn Insight tags to measure whether visitors to our websites make a purchase or perform other actions (conversion measurement). Conversion measurement can also be carried out across devices (e.g. from PC to tablet). LinkedIn Insight Tag also features a retargeting function that allows us to display targeted advertising to visitors to our website outside of the website. According to LinkedIn, no identification of the advertising addressee takes place.
LinkedIn itself also collects log files (URL, referrer URL, IP address, device and browser characteristics and time of access). The IP addresses are shortened or (if they are used to reach LinkedIn members across devices) hashed (pseudonymized). The direct identifiers of LinkedIn members are deleted by LinkedIn after seven days. The remaining pseudonymized data will then be deleted within 180 days.
The use of LinkedIn Insight is based on Art. 6(1)(f) GDPR. The website operator has a legitimate interest in effective advertising measures, including social media. If a corresponding consent has been requested (e.g. consent to the storage of cookies), the processing is carried out exclusively on the basis of Art. 6(1)(a) GDPR; the consent can be revoked at any time.
Data transmission to the US is based on the Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) of the European Commission. Details can be found here: www.linkedin.com/legal/l/dpa und www.linkedin.com/legal/l/eu-sccs.
You can object to LinkedIn’s analysis of user behavior and targeted advertising at the following link: www.linkedin.com/psettings/guest-controls/retargeting-opt-out.
In addition, LinkedIn members can control the use of their personal information for promotional purposes in the account settings. To prevent LinkedIn from linking information collected on our site to your LinkedIn account, you must log out of your LinkedIn account before you visit our site.
Piwik This offer uses Piwik, an open source software for statistically evaluating user access. Piwik uses so-called "cookies;” these are text files that are stored on the user’s computer to help analyze your use of the website. The information generated by the cookies about your use of this offer is saved on the provider’s server in Germany. The IP address is anonymized immediately after it has been processed and saved. You can prevent cookies being saved by changing the settings on your browser software; however, we would like to point out that, in this case, you may not be able to use all the features of this website in full. [IFRAME MIT DEUTSCHER ÜBERSETZUNG UND OPT-OUT COOKIE EINSETZEN] Use of Facebook social plug-ins This offer uses social plug-ins ("plug-ins") from the social network facebook.com, which is operated by Facebook Ireland Ltd., 4 Grand Canal Square, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin 2, Ireland ("Facebook"). The plug-ins can be identified by one of the Facebook logos (white “f” on a blue tile, the terms "Like", "Gefällt mir" or a “Thumbs up” symbol) or are marked with the words "Facebook social plug-in." The list and appearance of the Facebook social plug-ins can be seen here: developers.facebook.com/docs/plugins/.If a user accesses a website of this offering that contains such a plug-in, the browser creates a direct connection with the Facebook servers. The plug-in content is sent directly from Facebook to your browser and incorporated into the website. The provider thus has no influence on the extent of the data that Facebook collects via this plug-in and thus notifies the users according to its knowledge:Through the integration of the plug-in, Facebook receives the information that a user has accessed the relevant page of the offering. If the user is logged into Facebook, the visit can be allocated to the user‘s Facebook account. If users interact with plug-ins (e.g. activate the “Like” button or leave a comment), the corresponding information is sent from their browser directly to Facebook and saved there. If a user is not a Facebook member, Facebook still has the option of finding out and saving its IP address. According to Facebook, only an anonymized IP address is saved in Germany.Information on the purpose and scope of data collection, the further processing and use of the data by Facebook, and the rights and settings options to protect the user’s private sphere can be found in Facebook’s data protection notice: www.facebook.com/about/privacy/.If a user is a Facebook member and does not want Facebook to collect data about it via this offering and link it to its member data saved on Facebook, it must log out of Facebook before visiting this website. Further setting adjustments and objections to the use of data for advertising purposes can be made within the Facebook profile settings: www.facebook.com/settings. Google+ 1 button This offer uses the “+1” button from the Google Plus social network, which is operated by Google Inc., 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA 94043, United States (“Google”). The button has a “+1” on a white or colored background.If a user accesses a website from this offering that contains such a button, the browser creates a direct connection with the Google servers. The content of the “+1” button is sent by Google directly to the user’s browser; the provider thus has no influence on the extent of the data that Google collects via the button. According to Google, no personal data is collected without the button being clicked. Such data, including the IP address, is only collected and processed for members who are logged in.Information on the purpose and scope of data collection, the further processing and use of the data by Google, and the rights and settings options to protect the user’s private sphere can be found in Google’s data protection notice on the “+1” button: www.google.com/intl/de/+/policy/+1button.html and the FAQ: www.google.com/intl/de/+1/button/. Twitter This offer uses buttons from the Twitter service. These buttons are offered by Twitter Inc., 795 Folsom St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94107, USA. They are recognizable from the terms such as "Twitter" or "Follow" together with a stylized blue bird. Using these buttons, it is possible to share an article or page of this offering on Twitter or follow the provider on Twitter.If a user accesses a website from this internet page that contains such a button, the browser creates a direct connection with the Twitter servers. Twitter sends the content of the Twitter button directly to the user’s browser; the provider thus has no influence on the extent of the data that Twitter collects via this plug-in and informs the user according to its knowledge. As per its knowledge, only the user’s IP address and the URL of the relevant website are transferred when the button is activated, but are not used for purposes other than depicting the button. Further information can be found in the Twitter data protection notice under: twitter.com/privacy. Revocation, amendments, corrections and updates Users have the right, upon request, to get information at no charge about the personal data saved about them. Users also have the right to amend incorrect data, and block and delete their personal data, provided that they are not prevented from doing so by any statutory retention obligation.Sample data protection statement from the lawyer Thomas Schwenke - I LAW it Please contact our data protection officer if you have any further questions about this issue.