One-off technical experience: Industry 4.0 for the USA

One of the two robots of the large-scale system, which with their grippers do the fully automatic installation of panorama roofs in car bodies.
A technician class of the technical school Amberg at the F.EE company experience.

Shining technicians’ eyes: For a whole week, the F.EE company group from Neunburg vorm Wald ensured excitement and enthusiasm among the roughly 170 technology fans. The so-called practical day for university students from across Bavaria provided an opportunity for a large number of technical students and pupils from a range of private and state technical colleges to take part in a unique work experience week. The visitor groups came from Dr. Robert Eckert School in Regenstauf, the Rudolf-Diesel-Fachschule in Nuremberg, the state technical college in Waldmünchen, the state technical college in Straubing, the state technical college in Hof and the state technical college in Amberg.

The visitors initially toured the company’s own switchgear cabinet production centre, where they were able to participate in a technical discussion together with an F.EE engineer and examine the topic of Eplan hardware design. The highlight then followed at the centre for the electrical engineering and automation robotics division: A large system for the plant of a German motor vehicle manufacturer in the USA is currently in the F.EE halls in so-called pre-assembly, before being transferred to the customer in a few weeks for operation. The system realises the fully automatic installation of panoramic roofs in body-in-white units. The highlights of F.EE’s overall technical competence come to the fore here: Control technology, mechanical design and high-end robot gripper technology and programming. In all, around 6000 working hours have been dedicated to the 24 metre long and 16 metre wide system. At peak times, roughly 20 employees were working on the major project.

With this system, it was possible for the interested visitors to gain an insight into the broad bandwidth of vocational fields and ultimately also the career opportunities within the company group due to the highly fascinating technology, but also due to the explanations of the project participants from the various departments of F.EE - including Christian Bock as the person responsible for the CAD design area in the business unit for automation robotics. Technicians and university students on technical courses in particular have a wide range of opportunities here to fully utilise their talents in the various disciplines.

In addition to programming robots, programmers for example have further opportunities at F.EE - for example in the automation of hydro power stations. Here, the company was recently able to demonstrate its know-how in the modernisation of the hydro power plant in Eixendorf.

F.EE is known for its intensive mentoring and coaching phases, which the technicians experience at the beginning of their careers, in order that they can utilise their newly gained knowledge and experience in exciting and comprehensive projects. In the years 2015 and 2016 alone, a total of 16 technicians/line managers were added to the F.EE team.


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