KNOLL Maschinenbau GmbH Schwarzachstraße 20
D-88348 Bad Saulgau
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
EMO relies on "intelligent solutions"
The focal points of EMO Hannover 2013 were "intelligent solutions." A point of attack for KNOLL: This began with the innovative booth design in the leopard pattern, which wowed members of the public and was inspired by the 2013 advertising campaign about the "hunt for particles." Things continued with excellent conversations about KNOLL's complex spectrum of solutions. The system concept at the company is deeply anchored, so that customers know that they will find what they need at KNOLL. New and trend-setting is that in GSN, KNOLL now has a sales partner in Mexico with a service station. Thus this Bad Saulgau mechanical engineering company is contributing to the updraft that is brewing in Central America. The contract signing was completed at EMO. There was also a prize to celebrate at the KNOLL booth: KNOLL's advertisement with the "grass pump" motif was named advertisement of the year 2012 by the Industrieanzeiger.
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.
The VLO vacuum filter in leopard's clothing was the advertisement of the month in the April 2013 issue of the "Industrieanzeiger". The advertising scientist Dr. Zschocke analyzed the advertisement: due to its unusual presentation, it is directed especially at the trade public. Its originality is due to the linking. The leopard is a hunter and the VLO vacuum filter hunts for particles in grinding oil.
"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!
Customer orientation wins
EMO Hannover trade fair from September 16 - 21, 2013:
This year, KNOLL's trade fair topics will be conveying, filtering, pumping and transportation. Great operational reliability combined with complete automation and cost security - KNOLL developments do justice to this industry promise. Presented for the first time were: the KF-E compact filter with endless belt, VLO vacuum filter, TSC shredder pump for aluminum chips, TSS assembly and transport system. .
Motek Stuttgart trade fair from October 7 - 10, 2013:
At Motek, KNOLL will show potential customers the TSS assembly and transport system as well as the components of the modular system. Motek is an international trade fair where international leaders show off their products in the areas of production and assembly automation, supply technology and material flow, rationalization through handling technology and industrial handling.
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.