German TV station reports on trainee project “Sustainable bike storage facility for e-bikes”
In cooperation with the District Office of the Rems-Murr-Kreis, MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH took part in the Sustainability Days of the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg, which took place from 17 to 20 September 2021. The event is part of the annual European Sustainability Week, the aim of which is to raise awareness of the topics climate and health.
MBO’s participation took the form of an information event on the project “Sustainable bike storage facility”. MBO trainees informed external visitors about the current status of the project. The German TV channel SWR reported on the event afterwards in the show “Landesschau”. The report can be found in the SWR media library (starting from minute 1:00): https://www.ardmediathek.de/video/swr-aktuell-baden-wuerttemberg/swr-baden-wuerttemberg/Y3JpZDovL3N3ci5kZS9hZXgvbzE1MzM5ODk/
From initial idea to concept
MBO has offered its employees the option of leasing bikes since 2019. Until now, however, the company lacked suitable storage and charging facilities for the e-bikes. MBO set its trainees the complex task of developing a corresponding facility.
The trainee product designers developed two possible design concepts. Both concepts provide a covered, modular storage facility for six bicycles each. When designing the parking unit, the apprentices took into account various standards including stipulations such as ensuring that the bicycles are protected against being scratched and from rolling out and that standard tyre sizes can be accommodated. In addition, lockers are provided that offer sufficient space for a bicycle helmet, drinking bottle and charger. The compartments incorporate a socket for charging the bicycles. They are secured with an electric lock and equipped with ventilation slots. Three LED lights are installed on the ceiling, which are coupled to a motion detector. There are four photovoltaic modules on the roof.
This is where the apprentice MBO electronics technicians come into play. They analysed a detailed operating concept for charging the bicycles as well as for supplying power to the LED lights. Their designs were based on an assumed primary usage time of 7 am to 4 pm. The bicycle stand with the photovoltaic modules on it is optimised in terms of its orientation for the primary usage time. The built-in control optimises the operational management to ensure the ideal distribution of the available energy.
Speedy project implementation this year
The project is already in the implementation phase and is expected to be completed by the end of this year. The next step is therefore in the hands of apprentices in the technical product design area. They are tasked with finalising the design based on the conceptual plans, taking into account the statics and various production processes, before the project can be handed over to the business administration apprentices for parts procurement.
At the Oppenweiler site, MBO is currently training 17 apprentices in six different professions. It is very important that young people are trained across disciplines, network with each other and learn to organise themselves independently. The company has learned a lot in recent months and is particularly proud of the work carried out by its apprentices.
09/03/2021Three new trainees at MBO
For three young people, training at MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH has begun. They will be trained in one of a total of six possible professions. This means there are currently 17 women and men undergoing professional training, which is a quota of around 15 percent.
During this time, they receive in-depth and personal support from their training managers. At MBO, training partly takes the form of cross-department project work. This is not only important in ensuring the internal networking of each individual. It also gives trainees insight into areas of activity within the company which have nothing to do with the actual profession they are training for, which promotes a better understanding of the work of employees in other areas of the company. For example, trainees recently designed an environmentally friendly parking facility for e-bikes and conventional bicycles, including a charging station. The facility is scheduled for installation later this year.
In addition, MBO organises regular events for trainees in all professions and on all levels. These events include visits to partner companies or team-building exercises. Trainees can also take advantage of subsidised local public transport when travelling to the vocational training college. And it goes without saying that coffee, tea and water are provided free of charge. If they do well in their final exams, the trainees can look forward to a roughly two-week placement at the MBO Máquinas plant in Perafita, Portugal. Their stay abroad includes a free weekend, during which they can explore the nearby city of Porto.
MBO is extremely proud of its young trainees, nearly 100 percent of whom are offered permanent jobs after successfully passing their final exams. Anyone interested in professional training with MBO can submit an application with immediate effect.
MBO Postpress Solutions GmbH wishes its new trainees a good start to their professional life and every success.
10/30/2019Trip to the Therme Erding
On Tuesday at 6 a.m., the trainees met in the car park in front of the company building to set out together on their journey south. When we arrived at around 10.30 a.m., the car park at the spa was of course already quite full. However, with an area of 185,000 m², the Therme Erding can accommodate large numbers of visitors without crowding.
The trainees gave the 27 spectacular water slides a thorough testing. In addition to the 1,450 m² thermal pool, the interior area also offers numerous wellness options. For example, the trainees could choose to enjoy the thermal and steam baths of the Vitality Oasis. And those who preferred could lie down and relax in Sauna World. With 27 different saunas, it offers an extremely wide range of options. Although our trip did not actually take us as far as the tropics, we had palm trees, warm water, waves and had a fantastic time.
We would like to thank the management, the members of staff who accompanied us and the drivers. Without you, it would not have been possible to organise and carry out such a great trip for the trainees.
Text: Fabian Menhorn and Kevin Kurz
06/25/2019Excursion day for MBO trainees
On Trainee Day in mid-June 2019, MBO trainees from all divisions met for a visit to Pepperl+Fuchs and a tour of the Ziegler printing company.
Punctually at 7.30 a.m., they set off by car for Mannheim, to visit Pepperl+Fuchs (P+F), a company to which MBO supplies sensors. At roughly 9 o’clock, the seven trainees and two accompanying persons were welcomed at the entrance by Mr Dereux (sales representative responsible for MBO). Following introductions and a presentation on Mannheim and the company P+F, the trainees received a detailed explanation of which P+F products can be found in MBO machines and what purpose they serve.
After in-depth safety instructions, their guided tour of the entire Mannheim site began. They started in the logistics centre, where dispatch and handling of the sensors takes place. The next building on their itinerary houses the production of the boards and special sensors, for example ultrasonic double sheet detectors in the register table, which are only produced in small numbers. The building can only be entered wearing special antistatic tapes, which were attached to the visitors’ shoes before the start of their tour.
A group photo was taken, and we then drove to the Ziegler printing company in Neckarbischofsheim. On arrival, we were shown how a print product is created on the basis of a digital document and how many individual steps are required to do this. Master printer Mr. Langer explained when the high-end printing press was used and when digital printing is profitable, which depends on quantity (500+) and time. While for offset printing, a printing plate first has to be developed, all that is necessary for digital printing is a click of the mouse. Thanks to Mr Langer’s practical explanations, the trainees learned more about several paper processing work steps and were able to watch MBO machines in action for the first time.
Text: Fabian Menhorn (Apprentice Electronics Technician for Industrial Engineering, 1st year of apprenticeship) and Marvin Heller (Mechanical Engineer, Trainer for the profession of the Technical Product Designer).