By now, it has been three years that the in-house tool manufacturing section of Welser Profile has become a “Basic Member“ of the Community of the Werkzeugbau Akademie Aachen (WBA). Amongst others, the community counts with such well-known tool manufacturers as Audi, the BMW-Group, Daimler, Volkswagen, Kirchhoff and Hilti.
Theory and practical work strongly interlinked
The main goal of the community is to strongly interlink scientific theory and practical work in order to make tool manufacturing more efficient and competitive over a long-lasting period of time. One of the main pillars, thus, is further education, including both, further education of skilled workers and management personnel which is adjusted to the respective needs. Moreover, it aims at bringing young talents closer to industrialization in context with tool manufacturing.
This is why this year the "Tool Manufacturing Challenge" has taken place for the first time. According to Tobias Hensen, this one-week event shall serve to make apprentices and career beginners familiar with all aspects of tool manufacturing. According to the deputy managing director of the WBA, “relevant topics can be taught in a lively manner to increase the knowledge by means of practice oriented lectures, group activities, simulation games and visits at best-practice tool manufacturers”.
In addition to this, Mr Hensen explains the role of tool manufacturing at the Bönen site. “We were very pleased that Welser Profile allowed us to gain insight into tool manufacturing through a visit at the Bönen facility, where the process of industrialization has been concluded successfully. The young employees receive an excellent demonstration of how to organize material flow oriented and flexible tool manufacturing including visual management and standardised production processes. Moreover, they get an impression of the advantages of segmented production vis-à-vis non-segmented production and its positive impacts on response capability in the field of production support.”
Our apprentice Steffi represented our company very well with a lot of fun and a high level of enthusiasm. We are convinced that she will implement her recently gained knowledge into the daily work routine, thus, contributing to continuous improvement of processes and workflows.
We hope we will be able to repeat this success next year and the sound cooperation with the WBA in Aachen will go on.Back to overview