HOERBIGER energy savings competition
Cash prizes and trophy for winning apprentices
The HOERBIGER apprentices energy savings competition has ended. For three months, eight teams with 36 participants from Schongau and Penzberg, Germany, extensively searched for areas where the company would be able to conserve resources. Four apprentices from the Drive Technology and Compression Technology Strategic Business Unit emerged as the winners. They analyzed the energy savings potential of HOERBIGER Kompressortechnik GmbH in Schongau and were each awarded a cash prize of 100 euros for their outstanding results.
The goal of the energy savings competition was to research, develop and document in writing a predefined energy management-related topic in small groups. The apprentices presented the results to a panel of judges who determined the winning team. The final presentations and award ceremony of the three best teams took place at the HOERBIGER Training Center in Peiting in June.
Between February and May, the eight teams consisting of four or five apprentices each had analyzed how HOERBIGER employees can save energy in the office, when working on machinery, while traveling in the car to or from work, and on business trips. Four apprentices from Schongau submitted the best suggestions.
Lukas Conhoff, Mathias Seelos, Simon Horn and Roland Puche recommended equipping the offices and production facilities of the HOERBIGER plant Im Forchet with brightness sensors, attaching timers to hardware, such as printers, and cleverly automating the drilling machine operation in manufacturing, which not only saves energy, but also increases workplace safety. This concept impressed the five-member judging panel, consisting of a trainer, two plant managers and two energy management employees. First, second, and third place prizes were awarded.
Lydia Öttl, Energy Management Administrator of HOERBIGER Deutschland Holding GmbH which organized the competition, summed it up: "HOERBIGER has set the goal to increase energy management awareness, especially among apprentices, and to sensitize them to topics related to environmental protection and resource conservation. We accomplished this with the competition."
Oliver Gratzel, Managing Director of HOERBIGER Kompressortechnik GmbH, added: "The winners developed a number of creative ideas for our plant Im Forchet, which will effectively improve the energy balance. We look forward to taking the next step and deciding together with the apprentices which of these suggestions can be implemented quickly."