Nils Blechschmidt talks maintenance 4.0 at the Global ManuChem Strategies

Nils Blechschmidt talks maintenance 4.0 at the Global ManuChem Strategies+++ UPDATE: Unfortunately, the conference has been postponed due to the current corona virus outbreak – we will keep you informed as soon as a new date has been announced. +++

Manufacturing experts and top management representatives of the chemistry, pharmaceutical and process industries will attend the conference Global ManuChem Strategies in Berlin from March 15th to 17th, 2020. The event focusses on all aspects of the optimization of production processes. A main emphasis is the digitization of production.

The key note of Nils Blechschmidt, senior partner and member of the management board of ConMoto, addresses the challenges of industry 4.0 as well. He is speaking about maintenance 4.0 and asset innovation

on Monday, March 16th, 2020 at 3:30 PM.

Inter alia, Blechschmidt is going to discuss aspects of smart maintenance as well as data generation and analysis. Additionally, he will introduce a new ConMoto project study covering maintenance, asset innovation and life cycle costing.

Annual Handelsblatt conference: Potenzials for the steel industry

Nils Blechschmidt auf der „Zukunft Stahl“
Nils Blechschmidt at the “Zukunft Stahl”

Nils Blechschmidt, Senior Partner and Member of the management team, presented his keynote “Value-oriented maintenance and Maintenance 4.0” at the annual Handelsblatt conference “Zukunft Stahl”. In Düsseldorf, he spoke about the strategic importance of maintenance for the steel industry in front of an audience of 170 managers.

Blechschmidt reflected especially on how automation and digitization change maintenance processes. He explained how the future-oriented implementation of Maintenance 4.0 concepts enables steel-producing companies to increase their productivity. The world’s leading maintenance expert estimated the possible decrease of the total cost of ownership during the whole lifecycle of a plant at -20 to -30 percent, whereas the return on net asset (RONA) may be increased by 20 to 32 percent. The RONA is a clear indicator of the efficiency and profitability of a company’s plants.

Dr. Marc Heinisch, Senior Partner and Chief Sales Officer at ConMoto, summarizes the results of their talks with many steel industry decision makers: “Besides scalable technologies, the change to decarbonization and green steel requires a lot of change management and implementation strength for the innovative, efficient production of high-tech steels.”

ConMoto Academy & Training holds LEAN trainings for LÄPPLE Group

ConMoto Academy & Training holds LEAN trainings for LÄPPLE Group
A LEAN workshop Lego brick

“We love technology” describes what LÄPPLE Group stands for – including its companies LÄPPLE AUTOMOTIVE, FIBRO and FIBRO LÄPPLE TECHNOLOGY (FLT) as well as LÄPPLE AUS- UND WEITERBILDUNG, its training branch. LÄPPLE’s 2,700 employees produce chassis modules, standard components and rotary tables. They also devise automation solutions. Looking back at 100 years of corporate history already, the family company positions itself worldwide successfully with its products and solutions.

In order to reach its growth and revenue goals in the future as well and remain true to its high quality standards, the group is striving to integrate the methods and tools of LEAN management into its company culture. Therefore, the management introduced the project “LEAN LÄPPLE” throughout the group and its companies. ConMoto Academy & Training has developed the trainings and provides them for both executives and employees.

After the trainings, ConMoto is going to perform a comprehensive rollout and educate the LEAN management team as well. In particular, one company product is an integral part of the trainings. “LEAN LÄPPLE” introduces a process of continuous improvement, therefore establishing a lean and learning organization in all divisions. LEAN culture is making use of the skills and capabilities of all employees to implement a waste-free value creation chain – including customers and suppliers as well. Together, we are set out to make “LEAN LÄPPLE” the basic principle of the production and management systems as well as an integral part of an applied company culture.


ConMoto named “Top employer in the mid-sized sector 2020” by FOCUS-BUSINESS magazine

ConMoto gehört zu den Top-Arbeitgebern der Zeitschrift vFocus Business

The FOCUS-BUSINESS editors have appointed ConMoto “Top employer in the mid-sized sector 2020”. In cooperation with the employer rating platform kununu FOCUS-MONEY magazine has analyzed four million ratings and comments of employees at online portals and company profiles. Evaluation criteria were, for instance, a kununu score of at least 3.5 points and a recommendation rate of at least 70 percent. The complete list was published in the current issue of FOCUS-BUSINESS (in German only).

In December 2019, ConMoto’s kununu-score is 4.0 of five achievable points. Our recommendation rate is 88 percent. We are very happy about the award and will continue to strive for further improvement.

ConMoto press review: Maintenance 4.0 in the chemical industry

ConMoto press review: Maintenance 4.0 in the chemical industry
cav issue 12-2019

“cav” magazine, specialized in process technology for the chemical industry, has just published a ConMoto article about the hot topic of Maintenance 4.0.

Our writers focus especially on the sustainable perspectives of an increasingly efficient maintenance. They describe how digitization accelerates the optimization of availability, reliability and flexibility of production plants. Additionally, they point out possibilities of making maintenance a strategic success factor of a company: up to 60 % of the production costs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries depend directly or indirectly on the efficacy of maintenance.

The article titled “Maintenance 4.0 – So können Pharmaunternehmen ihre Anlagen effektiver nutzen” (in German only) was published in issue 12-2019. It is available for download here.

ConMoto is looking for engineering skill + technical knowledge + interdisciplinarity

ConMoto is looking for engineering skill + technical knowledge + interdisciplinarity
83% of our consultants are engineers.

On the occasion of the German Industrial Engineer Day 2019, the book “Industrial Engineering 2019” was issued. Within the scope of the publication, the German Association of Industrial Engineers (vwi) draws a comprehensive picture of the profession. ConMoto is also represented there: by placing a recruitment ad, we would like to stir the interest of excellent engineers in consulting. After all, ConMoto’s projetcs rely on the competence of engineers as well – engineering skill + technical knowledge + interdisciplinarity is a good approach to problem solving.

In June 2019, ConMoto Chairman Dr.-Ing Ralf Feierabend spoke about his background as a industrial engineer, entrepreneurship and other topics during the vwi summer interview (in German only).

CapEx optimization: Exploiting procurement potentials

Titelbild ConMoto Broschüre Investitionsgüter Einkauf
German title of the ConMoto brochure “Producer goods procurement”

Companies waste good money when it comes to procurement. The main reasons are:

  • Procurement is being included at a much later stage than necessary,
  • Specifications and guidelines are unspecific or incomplete and
  • Decision making and implementation suffer from poor coordination.

Those issues apply to the private and public sectors alike. A practical example: in bridge construction, 15 percent of the costs can be saved by early cross-functional standardization of the concept. As a result, you get “more bridge fo your money”, a higher level of quality and faster completion.

Important levers are:

  • The implementation of standard specifications,
  • Standardized type statics and planning documents as well as
  • The procurement of modular prefabricated components.

ConMoto’s expertise shows that significant savings are possible for manufacturing companies as well. Depending on the sector, the procurement volume can be reduced by 19 percent and project terms by 1/3. We are offering a comprehensive set of modules for the procurement of producer goods – for the industry, service and public sectors alike. Would you like to know more about the optimization of life cycle costs by effective procurement and fast implementation? The latest ConMoto brochure is available for download in German here. While we are still working on the English translation, why not drop us an e-mail on the subject?

Mastering the ConMoto jump: Finja Bormann fourth in Oldenburg

AUFFARTH Sandra (GER), BÖCKMANN Gilbert (Trainer) Oldenburg - AGRAVIS Cup 2019 Impression am Rande Großer Preis von Oldenburg präsentiert von AGRAVIS und den regionalen Raiffeisen-Genossenschaften, GVO Versicherung, MITSUBISHI MOTORS, Familie Wendeln sowie weiteren Partnern der Region Weser-Ems CSI3* - Int. Springprüfung mit Stechen - 1.55 m 03. November 2019 © Lafrentz
Sandra Auffahrt and her coach Gilbert Böckmann discuss their strategy at the Oldenburg Großer Preis

We are especally happy to hear that Finja Bormann and A Crazy Son of Lavina have mastered the ConMoto jump at the Oldenburg Großer Preis perfectly: the pair was flawless in both the initial round and the jump-off.

Finally, Finja Bormann ranked fourth, coming in only 0.92 seconds after winner Julien Anquetin on Gravity of Greenhill. Patrick Stühlmeyer on Chacgrano and Jan Wernke on Nashville ranked second and third. The first four contestants remained free of knockdowns – and were less than a second apart.

ConMoto as an employer: Open and active on kununu

ConMoto as an employer: Open and active on kununu (2019-10-15)

It is a well-known fact: a company’s employees are its most important resource. Therefore, we at ConMoto are especially pleased by the recognition we are receiving at the German employer rating portal kununu.

More than 60 applicants, current and former employees have given us feedback so far. We are very proud to have achieved an average rating of 4,0 of 5,0 possible points already. Of course, there is room for further improvement. Still we may conclude that overall, ConMoto is on the right track as an employer.

As much as we appreciate the rating as such, we also understand that numbers alone will not suffice. With regards to kununu, we highly value the possibility of an open and active interaction with the platform users. ConMotos is listening – and reacting to the feedback we receive. We take our responsibility as a “Top Employer 2019 in the mid-sized company sector” very seriously and aim to live up to the obligation.