Heinz Dürr Awards: Clear the stage for the winners
Traditional internal award of the Group presented to five teams
Recognition of outstanding achievements: For the 21st time, the Heinz Dürr Awards were presented to teams of employees from the Dürr Group. At the festive award ceremony, the team spokesmen and the team spokeswoman described their sustainable or digital developments, the advantages of which also benefit our customers. One award went to a team that successfully completed a remodeling project in South Africa during the peak of the coronavirus pandemic.
During the production of lithium-ion batteries, the most important component of an electric vehicle, various solvents are used in the coating system. Sorpt.X LC is a Dürr technology that removes these solvents from the exhaust air, recovering over 99% of them. Without recovery, the resulting exhaust air would have to be thermally cleaned, which would result in additional CO2 emissions. The Dürr solution thus enables savings on the purchase of new solvent, which reduces costs in production while conserving resources.
Dürr handled a project in South Africa under the most difficult conditions. After the company originally commissioned to carry out the project had filed for bankruptcy, Dürr stepped in. During the peak of the coronavirus pandemic, travel restrictions, supply shortages and sick leave made work more difficult. In some cases, employees from many different countries had to be quarantined after entry. With a lot of teamwork, great flexibility and working in partnership with the customer, the Dürr team found solutions to the various challenges.
This modification is exemplary for all the projects that were handled worldwide in the Dürr Group during the challenging period of the coronavirus pandemic.
The DXQ3D.onsite process simulation software developed by a Dürr team functions like a virtual test center. The digital tool allows optimizing layer thicknesses in the painting of car bodies in advance in such a way that the number of real-life test runs can be reduced. The otherwise time-consuming process for parameterization thus becomes more efficient and sustainable.
In the “Parametric Design” project, another Dürr team developed standard configuration models for a whole range of products. As a result, 3D models and drawings no longer have to be created manually. When designing a product to customer order, a product configurator is populated instead and the model adjusts automatically. If necessary, it can be edited manually afterwards. This reduces the risk of errors.
A joint award was presented to teams from HOMAG and SCHULER Consulting, both parts of the Dürr Group. They developed digital tools for the sales process.
The iVP – intelligent Virtual Platform – is used to digitalize the pre-sales process in HOMAG’s machinery and equipment sales. Where static PowerPoint presentations, brochures or 2D plot layouts previously covered the meeting tables, this software, developed by HOMAG in conjunction with a Berlin software firm, creates a customer-specific concept in an interactive 3D application. It can be easily and quickly created by the sales team and customized with just a few mouse clicks, if required. The customers see what will be delivered to them by the leading supplier of woodworking solutions later. This secures a binding investment security.
With the Solution Finder from SCHULER Consulting, a subsidiary of HOMAG, only a few mouse clicks are required to create a holistic solution concept tailored to the customer. It includes technology concept, 2D and 3D layout, investment volume, number of employees, space requirements, energy costs and manufacturing costs per part. The tool is particularly well suited for the seller’s first visit to the customer. The solution concepts generated serve as an initial basis for discussion, during which the seller and the customer can agree on key points of the project.