(*or, as you say in English, there’s no need to blow your own trumpet)
At least, we don’t think so. It’s not really our style either. Here in the Black Forest, when things are going well we don’t feel the need to shout it from the rooftops. And it has been a great year – filled with countless constructive meetings with you, our business partners. We really appreciate the trust you’ve invested in us. We’re also delighted with the successful launch of our new grinding software and the start of construction on our new building.
So as you can see, there’s plenty to be happy about. We’d like to say a big thank you to our customers, our suppliers and particularly to our employees for helping us make 2012 such a success!
We wish you all a Merry Christmas, and a relaxing festive season.
Dirk Wember and Thomas Bader
P.S. We won’t be buying any presents again this year. Instead, we’ll be donating to the Tannheim children’s rehabilitation hospital in the Black Forest.
Charlie Braun (Head of Development), Thomas Plocher (Head of Production) and Dirk Wember (Managing Director) carry out a serious tool inspection.
Even a 5,000 m2 building starts with that first clod of earth
No, that’s not one of Confucius’ sayings (he talked about a journey of 1,000 miles). It’s one of mine. A nod to Confucius is pretty apt though, as the groundbreaking ceremony of our new manufacturing plant marks the beginning of a journey into the future.
Joining forces for the new company building.
If you’ve visited us in Trossingen recently, you will have noticed that things are getting a bit cramped around here. That’s why we decided to construct a new, functional company building near our current location.
A view of the future: 3D model of our new home.
In the future, this 5,000 m2 area will be home to a production hall, offices and a large demonstration center. Once we’ve moved into the new building, we’ll be using repetitive flow production, i.e. series production, in its air-conditioned manufacturing hall. This process ensures a better overview and improved transparency with regard to the flows of material and information. With it, we aim to achieve higher throughput, shorter delivery times and greater process reliability for the construction of our Multigrind® grinding machines. The temperature-controlled manufacturing hall will also help us boost our performance in terms of precision. After all, Haas customers want grinding machines that grind with micrometer accuracy. Another technical highlight of our new building at Adelbert-Haas-Straße 1 is the environmentally-friendly heat recovery throughout the entire building. Our goal is to use air to water heat pumps so that virtually no additional energy will be required for heating and cooling.
If you’d like to keep an eye on how the construction is going, simply visit us here at the Schleifblog! But for now, here are some more photos from the groundbreaking ceremony on 7 November 2012.
The new Haas company location: 7 November 2012, 11:42 a.m.
The Mayor of Trossingen Dr. Clemens Maier with “Dirk the Builder”.
Zita Bader (Communication), Thomas Bader (Managing Director) and Goldbeck Project Director Holger Schöne after the groundbreaking ceremony.
While the men are chatting, the women get down to work: Heike Wember (Haas Software Delelopment).
Heike Wember shows off her digging skills.
And to everyone involved in the project, I look forward to seeing some:
Downsizing of cars taken seriously
Downsizing is one of the major trends, and not just in the automobile industry. Now here is a fascinating example: A team of scientists from the Technical University of Vienna managed to fabricate an Indy Race Car in a High Speed Two Photon Polymerization (2PP) process. The car is about 285 microns long, consists of 100 layers, each made of 200 polymer lines. The car was finished with this new 3D printing technology in about 4 minutes and resembles the CAD file at a precision of ± 1µm. The aim is to use this process for manufacturing very small medical implants. Fantastic job!
Free ride home
The picture below shows us Space shuttle Discovery mounted atop a NASA 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft on April 17 near the U.S. Capitol. Discovery spent 365 days in space, orbited the Earth 5,830 timeas and traveled 148,221,675 miles. Discovery will be transfered to the US National Air and Space Museum.
On the way to the muesum. Image: NASA/Smithsonian Institution/Harold Dorwin