KNOLL Maschinenbau GmbH Schwarzachstraße 20
D-88348 Bad Saulgau
Systems engineering with distributed functions
KNOLL supplied a camshaft manufacturer with a central filtration system for its grinding operations. The material in question is through-hardened and induction hardened steel. The scope of services provided by KNOLL included the delivery and placement from the foundation up, as well as installation of the cooling lubricant supply system complete with the pipework in the cooling lubricant plant. The systems engineering comprises a modular filtration system with up to 4 vacuum filters; spacesaving cylindrical tank systems for storage and refilling of cooling lubricant; a materials handling system for the removal of grinding sludge and automatic filling of containers; a temperature control system with 300 kW refrigeration capacity, and a fluid centrifuge for bath maintenance. A briquetting press supplied by the customer for the recovery of machining oil rounds off the fully automatic cooling lubricant treatment and grinding sludge disposal system. The installed filtration stages are: a full-flow filtr tion stage via a continuous conveyor belt (20 μm), a partial-flow bypass filtration stage for spindle cooling (5 μm), and a bypass filtration stage for bath maintenance including centrifuge (3 μm). KNOLL came through with flying colours by delivering modular systems engineering without filtering agents and an integrated concept tailored to the customer's specifications. Both parties sealed their mutual trust in the form of a five-year contracting agreement . KNOLL will assume the role of plant operator over the contract term and, therefore, will be responsible for all inspections and maintenance work necessary to ensure trouble-free operation.
Integrating a transport system flexibly
The TSS transport system by KNOLL is now being used to good effect by a producer of high-performance polymers seeking to make its production process even more efficient. The customer was searching for a system that is flexibly adaptable to the production process and expandable on a modular basis. The TSS transport system meets all these criteria. It is used after the polymer curing process in the oven. The mould and the carrier pallet are transferred to a TSS truck at a transfer station. This truck is conveyed to a cooling zone comprising a conveyor belt with six buffer stations. Here, an enclosure with two high-speed gates ensures that the material is uniformly cooled. The heat which is released in this process is piped into the customer's heating system. Separate scissor-lift tables with a rotator unit remove the polymer mouldings so the moulds can be cleaned and prepared for the next process cycle. An additional enclosure is used for cooling the large plates.
Pumping foodstuffs gently
A manufacturer of high-quality soups chose an MX progressing cavity pump for processing its products. The products in question are known for their fresh ingredients sourced from market halls in Munich. To ensure freshness, ingredients are processed immediately and conservatively. As a matter of principle, no additives or preservatives are used. The MX progressing cavity pump meets the customer's requirements to the full. It pumps and dispenses ingredients freshly and gently. Outstanding features of the MX pump include its enlarged suction housing with a nominal width of DN65 and its free spherical passage which allows particles up to a size of 22 mm to pass through. This allows chunks of both meat and vegetable to be pumped gently and without damage. The application involves handling a solids content of up to 25%. Other features of the pump are a max. pressure of up to 10 bar as well precision dispensing and control by means of a servo gear motor.
Our young talent
KNOLL currently employees 100 trainees, 36 of whom joined the company in September. With a workforce of 812, our ratio of trainees to employees is a remarkably high 12.3 %. "Part of our company philosophy is that we strongly believe in training our own new recruits. This is why KNOLL trainees are integrated into the company culture and processes from the outset", Matthias Knoll explains. Of course, that is predicated on strategic long-term planning and an intuitive feel for future needs. This year, for example, KNOLL offered, for the first time, a degree course in Industrial Engineering. This combination of technical proficiency and business administration expertise is very much in demand.
A thank-you for all your hard work and dedication
Our best wishes go to Johann Miller, Rimma Schott and Giorgio Secci, who retired. In 2013, Ralf Burkhart, Markus Michelberger, Peter Widmann, Arno Arnegger and Achim Schädler celebrate 25 years with KNOLL. We would like to take this opportunity to thank them sincerely for so many years of hard work and dedication.
Keeping fit all year round
Specially discounted fitness club membership cards and courses are available to our employees all year round as part of our KNOLLGESUND fitness programme. In addition, the year was chock full of topic-oriented promotions. The kick-off event was held in January, an ergonomics training course for office staff provided by external ergonomics consultants. This was followed by a men's and women's health week featuring lectures on nutrition. Relaxation courses and driving safety courses were held during the spring. Consultations with staff returning from sick leave began during the summer as part of a new preventive scheme aimed at promoting health. Swimming was a very popular course option during the autumn. Planning is already under way for 2014, when staff can look forward to another varied programme of activities.
The EMO in 2013 received an excellent response: in all, nearly 145,000 visitors from more than 100 countries attended the six-day trade fair in Hanover. This year, according to a press release by the event organiser, the main areas of interest were solutions for improving energy and resource efficiency, enhanced ease of use and intelligent networking of machines, in addition to the usual topics of cutting production costs and increasing flexibility in production. KNOLL also has good news to announce. The KNOLL booth offered interesting dialogue opportunities and excellent solutions. Visitors were treated to an all-round feel-good package set against an extraordinary backdrop. "The leopard-look KNOLL booth was quite an attraction. The response to our products was excellent", reported our trade fair team.
Originality is everything
The KNOLL booth at the EMO successfully sported an eye-catching leopard outfit. As such, it reprised the theme of another successful advertising campaign earlier in the year: the VLO vacuum filter in leopard look was "Advertisement of the Month" of April 2013 in Industrieanzeiger magazine. According to an analysis by advertising scientist Dr. Zschocke, the advertisement appeals, in particular, to industry professionals by virtue of its unusual style of presentation. Its originality lies in the association it creates. The leopard is a hunter and the VLO vacuum filter hunts particles in grinding oil.
The environment is ultimately the winner
For the second time in succession, KNOLL has been nominated for "Advertisement of the Year" by Konradin-Verlag. The award was presented at the KNOLL exhibition booth during the EMO mechanical engineering fair in Hanover 2013. The core theme of the advertisement was that of sustainability. The underlying idea is to promote energy efficiency and resource conservation in all KNOLL product segments, and within the company itself. The grass-covered pump advertisement awarded first prize by the jury appeared in Industrieanzeiger magazine. Dr. Jochen Zschocke of the IFUMA Institute for Market Research in Köln gave the following scientific assessment of the award-winning advertisement: "The grassy green pump is very much in keeping with pop art in that it takes an everyday product and artistically alienates it while representing it in a photorealistic way...The headline "energy efficient" also conveys the message that pumps by KNOLL save energy while curbing CO2 emissions and reducing lifecycle costs."
RONDO relies on MX
For the opening of a new production location, the company RONDO FOOD GmbH & Co. KG ordered 16 progressing cavity pumps in the MX20 series with delivery rates between 15 and 209 l/h. This manufacturer of snack products for dogs and cats has worked with KNOLL since 2006 and, due to its own high quality requirements, it relies on the MX progressing cavity pump. Rondo Food places great value on the hygienic and high-quality processing of fresh raw materials.
MX20 basic data
KNOLL relies on performance
The construction at KNOLL continues. The goal is a sound future for the production location Bad Saulgau. Impressive figures for the street and land-exchange measures alone lie behind the new construction project: the construction site is approx. 14,500 sqm large and thus larger than two official soccer fields. In total, approx. 2700 cubic meters of soil were carried away; most of this has already been used for re-cultivation. Approximately 80 to 100 truckloads were stored temporarily so that a large green space can be created after completion of the construction project. The construction site digging produced approximately 1300 truckloads full. The delivery and installation of sound gravel and pure recycled concrete material filled approximately 2000 truckloads. The new street areas created are nearly 2800 sqm large.
Trainees rely on KNOLL
36 new trainees are starting at KNOLL. The trainee quota is thus increasing to more than 12.3 % - of 812 employees, the company now employs 100 trainees. Of the new trainees, a total of 3 selected a Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University course of study, 3 selected technical product design, one trainee will become an information technology specialist, there is one machine and systems operator, there are 4 commercial trainees (of these 2 have additional qualifications), two mechatronics specialists, 6 electronics specialists, 14 industrial mechanics, and 2 warehouse specialists.
KNOLL health relies on swimming
Swimming is an ideal, joint-sparing endurance sport. KNOLL health's current offerings serve to provide preventative measures against illnesses of the muscular-skeletal system and heart and circulation problems. The reception of the current offerings has been overwhelming. A slow-burner is the topic of ergonomics. An ergonomics training for all production employees is currently being planned. And here's another pleasing number: this year, KNOLL employees have already participated 800 times in KNOLL health actions.
Jani relies on a win at the KNOLL Open
The world-ranked KNOLL OPEN ladies' tennis tournament celebrated a special anniversary this year: the eponym and main sponsor KNOLL Maschinenbau organized this tennis event for the 10th time. Meanwhile, the tournament offers prizes of $25,000. This year, the Hungarian Réka-Luca Jani took the prize money home. The organization and location distinguish themselves through their professional handwriting. This also pleases Fed-Cup chief Barbara Rittner, who assisted and supported the players of the Porsche up-and-coming team during the tournament week.
KNOLL opened the plant gates for an exceptional meeting of superlatives: the KNOLL Days offered unique insights into the company. A total of 700 visitors took us up on our invitation. Before the tour, there was a press meeting. Regional newspapers and trade publications from Germany and Switzerland were especially interested in KNOLL's recipe for success. According to Matthias and Jürgen Knoll, "You need courage to make decisions." Guests from all over Europe traveled to attend this in-house trade fair that catered to a professional audience. The tenor of the meeting was customer relationship management writ large. The KNOLL Days distinguished themselves by providing every visitor with a personal advisor, who accompanied him or her and was available to answer questions.
The employees' day was scheduled right after the KNOLL Days. Here, KNOLL employees proudly displayed "their company" to their families. In addition to company tours, horse and carriage rides through the neighboring Mühlental and many other attractions, a highlight was a visit by Paul Breitner, who in an interview made some interesting comparisons between careers and soccer games.
"KNOLL Gesund" (the company's health-promotion program) is bearing fruit and producing successes. As part of the KNOLL Gesund program, the sales employee Paul Merk (2nd from left) wanted to refine his Nordic walking technique last year and test his performance by participating in this year's world championship. The result is breath-taking: at the Nordic walking world championship in the Bavarian forest in Roding, Paul Merk took ninth place in his age group. With the team he became a world champion. Our warmest congratulations to him!
New blood wins
For the sixth time, KNOLL organized a training day for vocationally-oriented pupils from local secondary schools and their parents. More than 300 people attended this event, which was held in April. There was particular interest in the mechanical and commercial professional tracks. Product design is also an area in which there is lively interest. The registration deadline for training in the coming year is December 2013; early registration is entirely worthwhile.
Until August 2013, the TSS prize competition gave the chance to win an iPad every month. Among the winners are Markus Widmann of Franz Kessler GmbH in Bad Buchau (April), Walter Naffin of MTU Friedrichshafen GmbH (June), Pierre Stuppy, Märkisches Werk GmbH in Halver (August). Congratulations!
What is good for you?
In February, as part of "Healthy KNOLL"" there were health weeks for women and men. This allowed KNOLL employees to familiarize themselves with a broad selection of health offerings. The success proved the concept right: with more than 175 registrations, more than 20 % of KNOLL employees participated. Courses will now be offered based on the best-attended courses during the "try-it-out hours". At the moment, it looks like courses will include yoga, Feldenkrais, and spinning.
What was the point of the "health weeks"?
Jana Masur, Personnel Department, explains: "The 'health weeks' consisted of 'try-it-out-hours' relating to exercise, relaxation, and nutrition, and they were organized for the first time in this form. Our goal was to provide 'try-it-out hours' so that employees could try out new offerings without having to register for courses right away. This way, the Personnel Department learned which offerings interest the employees so that we can offer appropriate courses."
Functional, minimalist and aesthetic. This is the impression gained when viewing the skeleton structures of our dispatch centre and loading zone. The aim is to achieve the highest levels of performance and efficiency. In addition to four gantry cranes each capable of carrying 2.5 tons, there are four column slewing cranes each with a load capacity of 1 ton. The building is heated by dark radiators while the office and social buildings are heated with groundwater by a heat pump. The domestic water is heated by a solar system. Under the 8.5 m high building canopy covering an area of 2,100 m² there are two loading cranes each with a load capacity of 10 tons.
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NEW: KNOLL training on Facebook
KNOLL is now taking a new approach to the topic of training: since the start of February, news on training opportunities can be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knollausbildung. The page is an information platform complementary to the KNOLL website and is updated by trainees. In particular, KNOLL aims to reach potential trainees more quickly via Facebook. Trainer Dirk Reiner is responsible for monitoring.