19/09/2019 – Launch of the Scheuch customer
"The real secret of success is enthusiasm."
(Walter Percy Chrysler)
It is one of our most important goals to have satisfied and enthusiastic customers. And to achieve this, we need to know exactly what they want and expect, but also what problems they experience as regards their relationship with Scheuch.
That is why, on
Thursday, 19 September 2019
we will launch our international customer satisfaction survey.
Here are a few details on the project:
- Online survey with telephone calls as support
- Survey takes around 10 minutes to complete
- Questionnaires available in English and German
- Participating in the survey: customers from SIS, COM, LIGNO
- Survey period: 19 September to 19 October 2019
Customers will be notified by e-mail of the upcoming survey around one week before it is launched.
It is important that every member of staff here in-house is informed about this project too. Because it is often the case that customers will want to double-check things, just to cover themselves with their business counterpart. We would ask you to tell your colleagues about the upcoming survey as well please.
The methodology and the questionnaire itself have been devised by a working group of 13 people working in conjunction with the market research institute pluswert, which is conducting the online survey on our behalf.
An introduction to the project team:
- Barbara Reiter-Bruha, marketing (project manager)
- Ingrid Bramerdorfer, innovation factory
- Klaus Emprechtinger, sales – energy/metals
- Hubert Hargaßner, sales – wood
- Günter Lechner, sales – industrial minerals
- Thomas Kreuzhuber, sales – panels
- Stefan Hötzinger, technology center
- Leonhard Zeilinger, sales – components
- Klaus Hinterholzer, commissioning and customer service
- Andreas Wiesenberger, assembly
- Jürgen Daxdobler, product management
- Günter Schwarzl, product management
- Oliver Meinhart, service and after sales
If you have any questions, please contact the project manager Barbara Reiter-Bruha.
Scheuch QuestionnAIRe working group
Start your day the healthy way
The next HEALTHY BREAKFAST, titled "Slovakia", will take place on Tuesday, 3 September 2019.
From 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. you can enjoy delicious and healthy food in the canteen to really set you up for the day. This time the focus is on Slovakian cuisine.
If you would like to take part in the HEALTHY BREAKFAST, please register by 30 August 2019 – a list is available in the canteen.
As usual, a small €3 contribution towards costs will be required. The company will also contribute €1 per participant.
The charge will be settled through payroll.
So come one, get yourself registered and start your day the healthy way!
Contact: Kulinario (canteen service provider)
New setup of the payroll
Please note our payroll department’s newly allocated responsibilities for our business units as of now:
Elfriede Ranseder, Team Leader Payroll (ext 5776)
=> Scheuch Holding and employees of foreign subsidiaries (except Slovakia, USA, and IPE GmbH)
Christiane Angleitner (ext 5216)
=> BU SIS and the team of Andreas Gadermair (BU COM)
Wilhelm Berger (ext 5209)
=> BU LIGNO and BU COM and the teams of Manfred Lixl and Josef Helml
The payroll department office is now located on the 3rd floor (room no. 3-13). Further information can be found on the intranet site “intranet => department => HR”
Eva Friedrich, HR
Building up expertise in SAP
S/4HANA is the key to success
The Scheuch Group is going to adopt SAP S/4HANA (formerly called SAP ERP), the strategic platform for digitalising and optimising processes. As well as mapping traditional ERP functionalities in value-adding areas (planning, procurement, production, sales and service), and the associated accounting and controlling functions, S/4HANA specifically aims to really streamline and untangle the overgrown, heterogeneous system and data landscape that has developed, as well as eliminate data redundancies that are susceptible to faults.
SAP S/4HANA is a powerful and versatile system, which meets the requirements of international machine and plant manufacturers incredibly well and, thanks to its high degree of scalability, supports company growth. S/4HANA demonstrates its strength as a modern, integrated system whenever companies are willing to rethink their processes and align them with all the opportunities offered by the software.
For this to work, it is essential that key users and process experts within the organisation have extensive knowledge of the options available in the software and that they understand the architecture and processes as well.
The SAP project management team and Scheuch IT management team took this idea to heart, working out a well-founded training plan and convincing top management to invest heavily in this training.
Thanks to the training budget that has been made available, a first-class training plan is being implemented, which covers several in-house training sessions, as well as special sessions at SAP for members of the project team and key users alike. The main benefit of providing the training before implementation begins in Scheuch Components GmbH (ATSC) in the autumn of 2019 is that staff will be well prepared for the workshops they will attend with consultants from Phoron, the company’s implementation partner.
The plan gets underway
The first two courses on the training plan have already been held here in-house. First was the TERP10 starter course, which gave an overview of the business processes integrated in S/4HANA, and which staff completed over two weeks in the autumn of 2018.
Then in July came the hugely successful S4200 course, covering the basics of production planning. Topics such as sales planning, production planning and control, materials requirement planning, customer order generation and Kanban were taught in blocks over four days in the SAP project room. Since the software was new territory for the majority of course attendees, they received introductory training into SAP the day before.
Basic courses on materials management, distribution, product data and variant configuration are on the agenda starting in September, as well as a more advanced course for the Production department.
“Many years working as an IT manager have shown me how important well-founded training is and how vital to the success of a project, not to mention crucial for getting the most out of a piece of software. That is why I’m so pleased that Stefan Scheuch has agreed to comprehensively support the training of the project team and process experts for this particular project, which is so important for the future of the Scheuch Group, in the proposed form, and that he has made the necessary budget available.
It was impressive to see how well the training offering was received by the attendees of the S4200 course at the start of July and how they worked with such dedication and focus for four whole days – after all, learning is work and can be exhausting!” says Josef Raschhofer, Ifl nextERP GmbH, SAP project manager for the Scheuch Group.
“As a member of the project team and of the IT department, I am responsible at Scheuch for the Production sub-area in SAP, together with other colleagues from the same field. The courses on offer were a valuable addition to the knowledge I already had. The fact that the sessions were held in-house saved us the hassle of travelling to and from a different venue too. It was great that the trainer engaged with the myriad of questions we had during the course and gave everyone a well-thought-out answer every time. The interdisciplinary make-up of the course participants and their different levels of expertise must have been a challenge for him, but he coped with it brilliantly. What’s more, we helped each other out wherever we could, which just underlines how good the atmosphere was amongst us as colleagues.The content conveyed, the commitment of the trainer, the interesting discussions held and the friendly interactions within the team made the four days into a really informative further training experience,” says Philipp Spitzer, Scheuch IT, Inhouse Consultant SAP PP.
Günther Augustin, Scheuch IT, Head of IT, has this to say: “Let me start with a figurative analogy. The SAP launch is like a journey for which the company has decided on a new, Group-wide destination, i.e. integrated SAP implementation. Full of anticipation, excitement, but also uncertainty about what awaits at the destination, I see it as my responsibility as Head of IT to maintain a general overview and to agree with top management how to steer things in line with our strategy. Josef Raschhofer is basically our tour guide, who will get us to the destination safely. Just like with any trip, the journey there is usually pretty stressful; your mind is still on other things back at home and you can only really allow yourself to look forward to your new destination little by little. And to stay with the travel metaphor for a minute, no matter where our future home will be, it is important for us to learn the local language. I view SAP as a language and a philosophy of how we will work together and understand one another in future, so that we can design processes to be more efficient and standardised. In the interests of ensuring that we and our implementation partners are speaking the same language, top management has made a maximum budget of €100,000 available for our SAP journey. This will enable us to provide colleagues with intensive training both in the run-up to the project start, throughout the project itself and even during the go-live phase. As such, we are well equipped to speak the language we need to get to our SAP destination safely.”
Günther Augustin, Head of IT
Author: Josef Raschhofer, Managing Director, IFl
Chairman of the Supervisory Board
Visits North America Offices
Manfred Neuböck, Chairman of the Scheuch Supervisory Board along with Jörg Jeliniewski and Franz Söllhinger visited Scheuch USA, CAMCORP, and Schust offices and manufacturing facilities July 15-18.
The timing was perfect for this trip because CAMCORP was able to show Neuböck the final stages of the new laser table installation in Willow Springs, Missouri. The CAMCORP manufacturing team was excited to show and tell how the newest equipment addition is going to help with the productivity and efficiency that they’ve been looking for. After the tour of the facility, the group met up with the Scheuch USA and CAMCORP teams in Lenexa, Kansas where the management teams shared success stories since the acquisition. Neuböck, Jeliniewski, Söllhinger along with Joe Whelan, President of Scheuch USA travelled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to tour the Schust facilities. Schust management teams discussed new sales channels and opportunities in which to grow the business. Neuböck mentioned that he was quite impressed with the commitment shown by both companies to meet aggressive order intake goals.
Sarah Buckingham, Marketing
BU North America
left to right: Jörg Jeliniewski, Tony Thill (President CAMCORP), Franz Söllhinger, Randy Finzel (Produktionsleiter CAMCORP), Ginny VanOsKeuls (Leiter Versand und Büro), Manfred Neuböck, Joe Whelan (President Scheuch USA), Mark Michel (Assistent des Ferigungsleiters), Todd Kelly (Fertigung), und Mike Milberger (ehem. CAMCORP President).
NEW FACES FOR CAMCORP AND SCHUST
We warmly welcome Tony and John to our family! The entire Scheuch team is excited to have you. We wish you a successful start, a sound cooperation, and countless enthusiastic clients. All the best for you and your teams!
- 20 years of successful experience as a leader in the dust collection and filtration industries both domestically and internationally
- Member of the American Filtration Society
- Involved in securing four filter media patents
- Graduate of The University of Kansas
- Serves as President of the NOVA Center, Inc. Board of Directors
- Over 20 years of sales and operations leadership in industrial markets
- Helped in scaling engineering, fabrication, and installation businesses that serve a global client base
- Graduate of Villanova University
- Degree in engineering and MBA
- Designated as Professional Engineer (P.E.)
Sarah Buckingham, Marketing
BU North America
A SMOOTH OFFICE RELOCATION, LOW PARTITION WALLS AND A FEELING OF OPEN SPACE
It is incredibly good to see how quickly the office relocation has gathered momentum. Everyone is pitching in and pulling out all the stops so that new occupants can move into their offices bit by bit. Lots of people have already moved to their new workspace and for some it is not just the furniture and walls that are different, it's the colleagues they will work with on overcoming day-to-day challenges as well. And that is right and important: only by permitting and dealing with constant change can we strengthen our presence. That applies not only to one's career, but also to every other aspect of life.
Open room design
In the same way that people as individuals want to continuously learn and improve, so too do we as a company. Transparency, openness and communication are therefore extremely important to us. We are convinced that BEING TOGETHER is even more crucial these days than ever before and we want to express this in our office design wherever possible. We are aware that the spaces available are not always ideal and we are very understanding of everyone’s concerns about noise and a lack of shelving if there are no high partition walls. However, we would ask you to just try out this open-space concept – even if it does seem completely alien to begin with. This is not just about an individual workspace, it is about the overall impression that the office gives to everyone who enters the space; it’s an important factor in creating that positive feeling of TOGETHERNESS that we are striving for. The Aurolzmünster site was not originally designed for so many employees, particularly in the office spaces. The fact that our expanding workforce means we are having to move closer and closer together is actually a reason to celebrate, since it just goes to show how we are growing all the time.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Manuel Irnstädter and his team for coordinating and carrying out the relocation, plus huge thanks of course to everyone who has moved for making the process run so smoothly. We wish you continued success and a wonderful summer!
Image source: www.pexels.com
King of the castle Daniel von Laufenburg
An extraordinary learning experience for Scheuch employee Daniel Walchetseder.
Daniel Walchetseder's path always leads him back to Scheuch. Twice he worked for the company as a seasonal intern, already with a contract for statics calculations for filters in his back pocket; he completed his degree dissertation on hot-gas fans in October 19; and worked in product development. But more recently he took off on a really special adventure:
Daniel spent two years in Laufenburg, a German city right on the Swiss border. 550 kilometres separated him from his home in Frankenburg. But what would cause a musically minded Austrian who is very attached to his home region to move to a place where there is not a lot going on?
An exciting story …
An expert in the field of furnace manufacturing was retiring and wanted to share his extensive knowledge with the world. The idea was to ensure that his expertise would live on even after he himself had left the world of work behind. So it was an incredible honour that he chose Scheuch, based on recommendations from our regular customers. Daniel Walchetseder seemed to be the ideal partner for this work and an office was soon leased for him in Schlössle Laufenburg.
The work …
Together, young and old worked meticulously on the issue of circulation inside furnaces. During these two years, the pair investigated how to extend the temperature range from 550 degrees Celsius previously to 900 degrees Celsius today. New impeller geometries and special materials were the key to overcoming the various challenges involved. All the previous Scheuch projects on this subject had not managed to bring about the desired success, although they did serve as a useful basis for this current project. The knowledge generated through the discussions the two men had with one another was relayed back to the main plant in Aurolzmünster as well as it could be.
“It is difficult to enter into the world of furnace manufacturers. They are like one big family and all keep in contact with one another. If something goes wrong, you will soon get a bad name for yourself,” explains Daniel. “On top of his technical expertise, our consultant also has good contacts with all the right companies, which we can take advantage of. In order to get our name out there in the market, we travelled to important commercial regions such as Stuttgart and Düsseldorf, where we presented our expanded product range.”
Several devices stemming from this new development have already been sold, to regular customers like Ebner and Hertwich, and new ones such as Lingl and Riedhammer.
Here is how Daniel sums up his time in Laufenburg: “I learnt so much. And because I had lots of contact with customers, I saw things from the sales side as well. Going to see clients and identifying what they want were just two of the completely new experiences I had during this time. Another big challenge was how to turn ideas into reality in Production. New designs had to be adapted to the local conditions at the manufacturing site and those modifications had to be mutually agreed.
If there is ever another similar project at Scheuch, it would be useful to have one person internally to act as an interface; someone who has a better understanding of manufacturing and is really focussed on the various topics involved. That would make lots of things much easier.
My path has always led me back to Scheuch, although I’ve never even had an interview,” laughs Daniel. “Now I am very attached to the company indeed and I too want to pass on what I know. It’s the only way we can continue to develop!”
… so it seems the consultant not only bestowed his technical expertise on Daniel, but his personal values as well.
Daniel Walchetseder, Product Development
SMOKING PROHIBITED ON COMPANY PREMISES
A friendly reminder for everyone: smoking is prohibited throughout the entire company premises, apart from the three designated smoking areas. Please comply with this smoking ban; it serves to ensure the safety of all staff on the site. For details, see company memo BM 1210 dated 01/06/2015.
Günther Märzendorfer, Director Supply Chain Management
Oliver Hertting, Head of HSEQ
E-mobility – Findings of the Scheuch employee survey
E-mobility is set to grow enormously over the next few years. In many areas, provisions are already being put in place to satisfy the increasing demand for available charging infrastructure. Here at Scheuch too, we want to be well equipped for the future. To enable us to gauge our employees' future needs in terms of charging facilities, we conducted a survey on the issue of e-mobility in April and May 2019.
There was a great deal of interest in the topic, as reflected in the high number of respondents: 316 in total. Thank you for your feedback! Here are the most important findings, which paint a fascinating picture.
At the moment, 2% of employees own an electric car, although 43% of respondents have thought about buying one in the near future. It is therefore reasonable to expect the number of electric car owners at Scheuch to rise considerably over the next few years. Around 15% of the workforce could potentially purchase an electric vehicle (3% highly likely, 12% likely), as illustrated by the chart below.
The high initial value and short range are currently preventing many of those who are interested in an electric car from buying one. But the lack of opportunities to charge an electric vehicle at work and models that are not very aesthetically pleasing have a role to play too. Lots of respondents also said they wanted to keep driving their existing car for as long as possible.
So the demand for electric charging facilities at work is set to grow significantly over the next few years. In the coming weeks and months, therefore, we will draw up an e-mobility concept that will evaluate the different charging systems on offer and potential sites where further electric charging stations can be installed.
If you are interested in the detailed survey findings, please contact Barbara Reiter-Bruha.
Aida Foric, Fleet Management
Barbara Reiter-Bruha, Marketing
Oliver Hertting, HSEQ
Assignment guideline created for
Scheuch postings abroad
As a global family business, we want to improve cooperation across our many sites, and a great way to promote international dialogue is to post employees abroad. We believe international experience is key to individuals’ personal and professional development, as well as being vital for us as a company in light of the current and future challenges on the global market.
A survey was carried out several months ago at our site in Aurolzmünster to find out how willing workers were to be posted abroad. The results were conclusive: Young Scheuch employees in particular, those with no family obligations, said they were interested in being posted abroad – preferably in German or English speaking countries.
We have developed an assignment guideline to provide guidance for employees as well as for local HR contacts in our subsidiaries – this guideline can be found on the intranet under “HR department”.
A posting abroad is a significant investment, both for the company and for you as an employee. Therefore, we evaluate potential postings very carefully to see whether they make sense from a business perspective.
If you are flexible, mobile, open to new experiences and keen to learn about different cultures, please get in touch with Elisa Hilpold (née Schlager) in the HR department.
Info: The new guideline will be valid from 1st September 2019 – it will not be applied retroactively to postings that have already begun.
Elisa Hilpold (née Schlager), HR
Coming onboard Scheuch Asia
Jan Eike Graeff has recently joined Scheuch Asia as its new managing director, taking over Andreas Köck, who paved the way when the Scheuch Asia subsidiary was first established in Bangkok in 2015. Köck will be returning to Austria to manage international sales at the Scheuch headquarter.
Jan Eike Graeff is a global citizen with roots in Hamburg, Germany. He has been living in Asia since 2008, having worked in China before moving to Thailand in 2012. He has been trained as a mechanical engineer and project manager for EPC projects and has a wealth of experience in building and servicing flue gas cleaning, biomass, waste and wind facilities as well as managing turnkey engineering companies of energy facilities in several European countries, China, Taiwan, Thailand and other South East Asian countries.
He first encountered Scheuch when he was representing a client of Scheuch to close a contract to supply a flue gas cleaning system for a new RDF waste to energy power plant in Phichit, Thailand, which is now under construction.
Priorities in the coming year
Taking the helm of Scheuch Asia, Graeff is all set for his new role and has set a few priorities, “The new aspects we will focus on in the coming months are to further strengthen our position in energy projects, namely waste to energy and biomass energy power plants. We are also aiming to localise a part of the engineering and supply chain, aiming to bring down cost and delivery times for our clients whilst offering more capabilities to manage projects with increased local content. Besides new build projects, we see potential to upgrade existing exhaust gas cleaning systems when the governments in Asia will adapt emission regulations for better protection of health and the environment.”
Jan Eike Graeff (left), the new managing director of Scheuch Asia shaking hands with Andreas Köck, the outgoing managing director who has led Scheuch Asia since its establishment in 2015 (Image to be credited to Scheuch Asia)
Jan Eike Graeff, Managing Director Scheuch Asia
Scheuch Industrial Solutions
Scheuch gets involved in
Clean Energy Challenge
Scheuch set a research challenge for a group of talented young people in Upper Austria
From 22 to 25 July, 65 researchers and professionals from 50 countries gathered together in Spital am Pyhrn in Upper Austria to tackle challenges relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy, which were set for them by eleven forward-looking companies and institutions.
The International Clean Energy Challenge is a project organized by the OÖ Energiesparverband (Upper Austria’s energy agency) as part of the New Energy for Industry (NEFI) platform, which is aiming to bring about full decarbonization of the industry. Environmental technology company Scheuch saw the challenge as a valuable opportunity to develop new innovations and was keen to get involved.
The team assigned to Scheuch’s innovation department was asked to develop ideas for the company with a particular focus on the future trend of digitization. Once they had been given the necessary information, they set to work on the task, thinking creatively about real-life problems faced in the company and coming up with solutions with the support of Philipp Schopp, Service Purchase Engineering at Scheuch. This valuable collaborative exercise produced some exciting results. In the final session, the teams had just six minutes to present their ideas in the baroque hall of the JUFA Hotel in Spital am Pyhrn.
The challenge gave both Scheuch and the participants a unique opportunity to make new contacts and expand their professional network. The exceptional week in the beautiful setting of Upper Austria was an experience that the attendees are unlikely to forget.
With this type of collaboration between researchers and like-minded, innovative companies, Scheuch is taking an environmentally aware, market-friendly approach to the future. In this way, the company is demonstrating its commitment to the ongoing energy revolution and is helping to safeguard Upper Austria’s position as a centre of industry.
Johannes Hammerer, Innovation Factory
Ingrid Bramerdorfer, Innovation Factory
Philipp Schopp, Service Purchase Engineering