As a technology and capital goods company, we are actively helping shape our future. We asked our colleagues around the world how technological developments have improved our daily work over the years. It seems technology has long been integrated into our daily lives and its positive effects are appreciated – as you can read here in the first responses and opinions.
Martin Halda is Engineering & Quality Project Manager at Böhler Schmiedetechnik in Kapfenberg, Austria. He and his team work continuously on new strategic projects. Rather than examining established processes, the team is instead constantly developing new process solutions to meet customer and company specifications. People are a decisive factor in his profession, but technological advances have made his job easier. How? In this interview, he tells us.
What are the technological aspects of your work?
These start with using the appropriate primary material and range from the complete specification of the forming processes and heat treatment to finishing and (finish-)machining. The environment of the value chain also has to be considered. In general, all customer requirements must be clearly prescribed, reproducible and strictly followed.
In project management, documenting the actual performance status is extremely important: To be able to show a clear comparison with the target process, all factors that can have an influence must be considered. The shared goal must be clearly coordinated.
Has the use of technology changed over the past few years?
During my predecessor’s time, a customer-approved process was already qualitatively incorporated. But over time the methods and processes have changed drastically: digitalization of all data, specification and documentation of process parameters, and the technical requirements placed on products have all increased enormously. Computer-supported technology, such as the modeling of processes, has also been added. The systems cited may have to be operated in addition to the daily routine, but they generally make the job easier.
How will the use of technologies in your area change and develop over the next few years?
As a global player in the aircraft parts segment, it is of utmost importance to be among the early adopters of new technologies. We are targeting an Industry 4.0 standard for the implementation of projects. In doing so, two essential factors must be considered: the individual and the machine.
"For the machines it is necessary to have a wide field of vision that includes all factors that can have an influence. After all, the very environment that influences development also changes along with the increasing digitalization."
Yet the individual remains the most important factor. Proper and respectful treatment of each other as well as mutual appreciation are of great importance. For me as a project manager, communication within the team is also enormously important, even the informal kind, like when I meet colleagues in the hallway. Not infrequently, new ideas are created there. A shared understanding of the change is the key to success.
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