At the end of last year, on 20 December 2018, the MBO Group production site in Portugal threw open its doors to the children of its employees. Around 40 children and youngsters up to the age of 14 took the company up on its invitation. Their visit began with a brief introductory video. Then, they were given the opportunity to see the offices and the production and assembly lines.
It’s not easy for children to understand just what a folding machine is and how it works. But with the help of simple examples and live demonstrations on the M80 folding machine, the youngsters very quickly gained an understanding of the various folding principles. The young visitors really enjoyed their day. They now have a precise picture of where their parents work and what they do there.
MBO Portugal is located in Perafita, about ten kilometres north-west of Porto. The plant manufactures and assembles folding machines for the MBO Group and further products for external customers – including sheet metal panelling and feeders as well as special rollers for the textile industry. The factory employs a workforce of around 230.
11/08/2018MBO trainees have petrol in their blood
All ten MBO trainees at the Oppenweiler factory (near Stuttgart) had petrol running through their veins on October 31, 2018. First they visited the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart. They then went on a journey through time to learn about the history of the automobile manufacturer. They had the chance to look at over 80 vehicles on a display area of around 5,800 m². From carriages to tractors to sports cars, there was something for everyone.
After a group lunch, they continued on to the indoor go-cart track in Bad Cannstatt. It was the first time most of them had experienced racing live. The MBO trainees competed in an exciting one-hour race. Jochen Ludwig, industrial mechanic trainee in his first year, drove the fastest to secure first place on the winner’s podium.
This special day, which was dedicated to racing, was organised by the trainees from the second to fourth training years. It was a good chance for everyone to get to know the new trainees from the first year.
At the Oppenweiler factory, MBO is currently instructing trainees in three professions: electronics engineers for operating technology, industrial mechanics in the field of device and precision engineering, and technical product designers in the field of machine and plant construction. In the coming year, more young people will be trained as industrial clerk and mechatronics engineers. MBO regularly takes on nearly 100 % of its trainees after they successfully complete training.
09/11/2018Beginning of training for five trainees at MBO
A new life phase has now begun for the trainees at MBO in Baden Württemberg. Five young people have started their first year of training. In the coming three-and-a-half years, they will learn the profession of an industrial mechanic, an electronics technician for operating technology or a technical product designer. With the five new trainees, the MBO Group is now a training organisation for ten young people. Nearly 100% of MBO trainees are given permanent jobs after successfully completing training.
04/03/2018Technicians from Senne vocational college at Herzog+Heymann
The Senne vocational college offers a two-year further training course leading to qualification as state certified technician for printing and media technology. The four trainee technicians Ilka Kranzmann, Nicolai Placke, Robin Sarker and Max Schulte implemented their final-year project at Herzog+Heymann in Bielefeld.
Herzog+Heymann specialises in custom machine engineering. This usually means solutions precisely tailored to the requirements of the specific customer. For this reason, most machines from Herzog+Heymann are offered in a manual version. For their project, the technicians from Senne drew up an ROI calculation – a calculation which shows the ratio between invested capital and profit. They examined whether, from the customer perspective, it would make sense to motorise certain parts of the Herzog+Heymann M8 folding machine.
To narrow down this broad topic, they looked at the first folding unit of the M8. The technicians considered using a stepper motor as a drive with which both the height and the inclination of the sheet stop can be adjusted asymmetrically in the buckle plate. This is, for example, necessary for the correction of papers which were not cut to a precise angle before folding. Currently, the buckle plate stop is adjusted by hand rather than with a stepper motor. In addition to calculating the ROI, the four technicians from the Senne vocational college created precise drawings and developed a model of the motorised buckle plate.
The conclusion reached by the project was that the set-up time for a buckle plate from Herzog+Heymann accounted for only around 12 percent of total set-up time. This means that changeover to motorised buckle plates would probably not be profitable for the machine manufacturer.
The technicians presented their project at the Senne vocational college at the end of March. They will complete their further training, becoming certified technicians, in summer 2018. Herzog+Heymann would like to warmly congratulate “its” four technicians on their successful project and wish them all the best in their future careers.
Senne vocational college http://bk-senne.de/web/
Technicians from Senne vocational college http://www.druckmedien-techniker.de/
02/06/2018Long-term loan of a MBO K70 to Stuttgart's Media University
Folding machine manufacturer MBO has for many years had close ties to Stuttgart's Media University, HdM – Hochschule der Medien. Until recently an MBO K800.2 combi folding machine had been sited at the university as a long-term loan. This is now being replaced with a new MBO K70 combi folding machine.
Students of the new international "Print Media Technologies" course will be using the machine for folding operations on their own projects. The fact that the machine on loan is a manual K70 is therefore ideal. This means that students need to make all the settings themselves and as a result will have a much better understanding of what's actually going on in the machine.
The K70 was handed over to the university on 1st February at an official ceremony. Alongside the students, University Dean Prof. Dr. Edmund Ihler, Principal Prof. Dr. Alexander W. Roos, Academic Dean Prof. Volker Jansen, Academic Staff Member Sebastian Paul as well as two MBO staff members attended the handover event. This was followed by the traditional MediaNight when project work from all course programmes at HdM is presented.
Universities need to rely partly on support from industry, so HdM was delighted about this equipment loan. The entire HdM team thanked MBO for their many years of support.
New degree course "Print Media Technologies"
At the beginning of the 2018 summer semester, HdM Stuttgart will be launching the new "Print Media Technologies" Bachelor course. This course has an international orientation. Lectures are given exclusively in English. For German students, the course includes a practical semester abroad. Foreign students can complete their practical semester in Germany. "Print Media Technologies" concentrates on bringing together technical, business, linguistic and social areas of competence. The degree program focuses primarily on media technology content which is set to occupy a prominent position in an international context. These technologies include additive manufacturing processes, what is known as 3D printing, digital printing systems with the corresponding workflow solutions and post press technologies.
The idea that the printing industry is on the decline is far from the mark. The situation is rather that the focus is shifting. For example, packaging, textile and décor printing are becoming increasingly important, as is the marketing of products in targeted campaigns. The course also covers the topics of 3D printing and industrial printing applications. Not least in the context of advertising campaigns, "traditional print products" will also come back into play, with high quality finishing techniques and personalisation. The printing industry is diverse and never boring. The "Print Media Technologies" course programme aims to prepare young people for this. With the new degree program, the Hochschule der Medien has created a unique offering that purposely sets the university apart from comparable academic organisations in Germany.
The K70 is one of three MBO combi folding machines for the B1 / 70 x 100 cm size range. It is a robust, entry-level machine with a very good price/performance ratio. The K70 is ideal for producing signatures, flyers and similar products. As it is only available in a manual version, it is the perfect solution for medium-length print runs. It was presented to industry experts for the first time at Drupa 2016 and has been a top selling machine at MBO ever since.