The Danish Robots and Automation Adventure has just begun

In a recent analysis, the national robot partnership Robotics Alliance, for the first time put figures on the development of the Danish robotics industry. Not surprisingly, the review shows that the overall contribution of the Danish robot and automation industry to the Danish economy is increasing significantly.
While today’s 300 automation and robotic companies traded $ 2.7 billion in 2018 the number is estimated to grow up to $ 7.6 billion by 2025, bringing the industry on par with established industries such as those of fashion or food ingredients.

The analysis shows that the activity is most significant in Denmark’s robot capital, Odense, where Inwatec operates. Selling robot and automation solutions for the laundry industry, Inwatec has experienced a tenfold increase in sales over the past five years, and director Mads Andresen has no doubt that the positive stories about and experiences with Danish technology have spread widely around the world.

“The level of education in Denmark is very high. This means that a lot of young people graduate from our universities and that talents from all over the world are coming to Denmark to finish their education. Also, because of the concentration of companies in the robot cluster Odense Robotics, we have plenty of jobs to offer to skilled people who want to join the robot industry. And it is essential for all of us to get the labor we need,” says Mads Andresen, who founded Inwatec in 2009 and employs nearly 50 employees today.

CEO Mads Andresen on the THOR Robot Separator

“I was educated in the city, and I lived here when I founded Inwatec. Obviously, it often goes like that, and there is no doubt that the cluster of robot companies has grown considerably because of all the people educated in Odense. Also, the city’s efforts to strengthen the education and facilities for the companies only stimulate further development. In addition to the robot companies, the figures in the analysis show that success in one industry pays off for subcontractors in other industries. And we have only seen the beginning,” states Mads Andresen.

The whole world is demanding an increase in production
In some countries, the use of robots and automation solutions accounts for 10 percent of their total national growth, the analysis illustrates. Furthermore, the industry’s productivity per employee increases with the number of robots.

While so far mainly Korea, Japan, and Germany have invested in robots, not least because of the automotive industry, they can be found all over the world more and more.
This also applies to the laundry industry:
“We have our biggest market in Europe right now, but growth is strong in the US, Japan, China and the rest of Asia and Australia, and soon we will probably have machines on all continents. The biggest challenge is to ensure that we have the hands and brains that we need to develop and produce. But there is a strong political will to build on the success in Odense and in Denmark, and therefore I am not afraid that we cannot find the labor force”, says Mads Andresen, who expects both revenue and the number of employees at Inwatec to double within the coming years.

Today, 8,500 Danes are employed in the robot industry, and according to the analysis, there are prospects for up to 17,000 more jobs in the industry until 2025. Hence, more investments in education and research within robots and automation are required.

Find more information in English here.
For the full report in Danish click here.

What makes a good duo? One assembly technician and one software engineer, we’d say

Mads Ludvigsen Jensen (Technician) & Phillip Meyer Kyndbøl (Software engineer and robot technology student)

About one and a half months ago our team grew further by two young and engaged men who will from now on be involved in building and developing our machines.

Mads is 27 years old, is trained as a stainless steel smith in 2013 and then started to gain first working experiences at Haarslev Industries and Siemens Wind Power and Fiotek.
Phillip is 23 years old and supports us as a software engineer next to his robot technologies studies at SDU in Odense. With his personality and experience from school projects, he left such a positive impression that he signed his contract on the day of the job interview which then also was his first day at Inwatec. That must have been the fastest hiring process in the history of Inwatec.

While Mads is involved in assembling processes of our machines from the very start to the finished product, Phillip helps to add the software and checks if all motors and sensors are working as they are supposed to.

Mads about his new position: “The most interesting part from my point of view is the fact that you are a part of the machine from the start until the very end! Besides that, as a kid I played with LEGO a lot, I like assembling and seeing the results in full function.”

From his earlier work with hydraulic and windmills, Mads is now excited to learn more about the laundry machinery and using his experience to do so. For both his previous jobs he used to travel a lot. Even though it was exciting to travel to England, Norway, Sweden, and Germany to install different machinery, Mads now enjoys the fact of being in his home country not having to travel further than from Strib, where he lives now, to Odense. In his spare time, he works out a lot, enjoys playing video games and also does some mechanical work from time to time.

Next to university and his job at Inwatec Phillip likes to start DIY projects that range from programming robots to carving longbow in wood to doing traditional blacksmithing. Next to programming and craftsmanship, he likes to hike in nature with his backpack on.

About his job, he says: “I find automation and big machines exiting, and a lot of that can be found at Inwatec. I really look forward to the point where I get more familiar with the existing codes, so I can easily add new functionality to it.”

“I love it! They’re all amazing people! Always positive and cooperative!”, Mads.
“I really like to work at Inwatec. Everybody is nice, and you can always ask someone and get help.”
With their nice words about us, we would like to say that we are more than happy to have won two more young and engaged talents for our team. Welcome #laundrynerds Mads and Phillip!

Would you like to become part of our team as well? Check out our open positions here.

Packing system ensures hygiene and optimizes logistics

The handling of small laundry items such as mops or rags is a time-consuming process that requires thousands of hands every day in laundries around the world. However, this should change soon.

Today there are an increasing number of automation solutions and special robots that free employees from the most monotonous and repetitive tasks. This also includes the handling of small textiles.

At the Danish laundry company DFD, one of Inwatec’s bag handling and packing systems was recently installed, which is mainly used for their very successful Viima cleaning products. Viima comprises cloths and mops that allow chemical-free cleaning with water only. With 4,500 weekly deliveries in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway, the laundry’s logistical requirements are high.

However, this is not the only reason why DFD in Odense decided to invest in automation solutions for the packaging of these special wiping cloths:

“The primary objective is to ensure the best possible hygiene for Viima wipes and at the same time to find a solution that enables us to save time and manpower,” says Axel Bonnevie, Managing Director of DFD.

Rising willingness to invest in automated solutions

The ways of handling smaller articles vary from laundry to laundry, but the willingness to invest in automated solutions is on the rise all over Europe. Man-hours are among the most significant expenses in most companies, and on top of that, demands to employee safety and proper hygienic handling of the garments are getting stronger and stronger.

The DFD laundry in Odense specializes in and optimizes the handling of Viima products, so the company has a great deal of expertise to ensure that customers from across the Nordic region have access to specialized and certified washing and advice on which solutions exactly meet their needs. Customers include professional cleaning companies, the food industry as well as pharmaceutical and medical companies. The basis of the DFD service solution is that the customer receives exactly the number of units required whenever needed.

“Our Viima cleaning concept consists of various products made from a completely unique and patented composite fiber, which offers some cleaning advantages. This means more hygiene and quality, minimum consumption of water and detergents and better ergonomics for the user than with conventional cleaning systems. Viima has also received the EU Environmental Award for its environmental friendliness. We then invested in the Inwatec machine, which separates the Viima wipes and packs them in plastic bags, so that we can supply a fixed number of wipes in one bag in a particularly hygienic way, as there is no manual handling,” says Axel Bonnevie.

Quality assurance in Viima’s concept means that all units can be tracked and monitored via an RFID chip – right down to the individual Viima cloth. This places high demands on logistics when mops and wipes have to be packed and distributed in an area stretching from Denmark to Norway and Sweden.

Modularity to fit every need

“The machine handles up to 2,000 laundry items per hour with RFID reading and more than 3,000+ without an RFID integration. The operator easily changes how many items that go into each bag, so it is no problem to change from one type of product to another”, explains Mads Andresen, CEO of Inwatec.

Because of the different needs of industrial laundries, Inwatec has developed a modular setup that can be combined in all sorts of ways to fulfill the exact wishes from the customer.

“The packing module itself is of course standard together with the unit that separates and counts the articles that go into the bags, but on top of that we have several other options to choose from,” Mads Andresen further elaborates. “The most common add-ons are label printers and RFID-readers that keep track on inventory and therefore help our customer send out the correct invoices. The RFID-reader also provide extra security because incorrect laundry items are automatically ejected into a reject bin,” adds Mads Andresen, who also points out that versatile software with simple menus makes it easy to change the settings.

If the small textiles are not chipped with RFID, the system can be equipped with a camera identification module which can sort by color or pattern.

The fact that DFD has gathered the know-how about their Viima products in one place makes it possible to put technological investments in future solutions on the agenda.

“Our aim is to be experts for our customers’ customers so that we can advise them on which solutions are the best. For example, we cannot have certifications and logistics solutions that are explicitly aimed at the cleaning sector in all laundries, but we pool our expertise in specific areas. This also means that we can make targeted investments in machines that solve the special tasks we have in the individual laundries. As with the Inwatec machines, which were developed in such a way that they can sort and pack Viima products,” says Axel Bonnevie.

Education at Inwatec – New collaboration with Goodwings

Apprentice Thomas and Electrician Claus

Inwatec is all about creating and building machines for industrial laundries all over the world. We thereby aim to improve processes, save time and enhance our customers’ efficiency as well as decrease unpleasant working tasks for their employees. On the way of reaching all these goals, we are always on the look for young, passionate and inspired talents.
Artificial intelligence, robotics, electronics, craftsmanship as well as software engineering and development, logistics, sales,… – the possibilities are as varied as our desire to accompany young talents and support their development.
We want to help them discover their potentials and on the other side learn from their ideas and improve our business with the help of fresh ideas and creativity.

As of now, 15 out of 49 employees at Inwatec (30,6%) are student workers and apprentices. In addition to that, we support at least one student working on their bachelor or master project with us at Inwatec every semester. Thereby we hope to create a passion for robots, laundry automation and artificial intelligence amongst future #laundrynerds.

To always make sure that students know about us as an employer we try to keep close relations to schools and universities in and around Odense. Whenever possible we are part of student fairs, where we present our business, innovations and us, trying to get students as excited about Inwatec as we already are.
Furthermore, we offer pupils to do trial internships and we are in contact with the “Career in Denmark” office from SDU all year around. Organized by them we invite groups of students to come and see our offices and workshop area.  

– On the 8th of May the next “Projekt- og praktikdag” will take place at the technical faculty of the Southern University Denmark in Odense. We will be present and hopefully inspire students to work with us as well as get inspired by them. We are looking forward to meeting as many interested students as possible and will hopefully find engineers looking to partner up for their bachelor or master projects. We are convinced that an early corporation can be fruitful for both parties and are always happy to find engaged and motivated students. –

Next to strong relationships with schools and universities, Inwatec just partnered up with Goodwings – an online hotel booking platform that combines traveling with a passion for creating a sustainable future. With every business trip from now on, we support the Human Practice Foundation (HPF) aiming to provide quality education in Nepal, Kenya, and Denmark. Their mission is to create “A world where everyone can have access to quality education and decent jobs.”

School kids in Nepal – taken by Human Practice Foundation

Thanks to Goodwings, organizations like the Human Practice Foundation can receive support from companies very easily. By simply booking hotel rooms for work or private trips via Goodwings everyone at Inwatec automatically raises funds for our chosen charity HPF. That money is directly reinvested into the financing of school building projects, quality education programmes and helps developing local business projects like tea and coffee farms.
We are proud to be part of Goodwings’ mission to help make the world a little bit better and support organizations like Human Practice Foundation that devote their time, energy and passion to important projects.

Education takes on an important role at Inwatec, both in the form of locally offering possibilities of learning as well as helping those that don’t have access to education in the first place.

We are aware of the importance of quality education and hope to convey our passion for laundry machines, the newest technology, and a welcoming working environment. With the publication of the 17 global sustainable development goals set by the UN, we can proudly say that we take on our part aiming to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” – for almost 10 years by now. From the start, Inwatec put a big emphasis on supporting local young talents and on offering opportunities in the form of student jobs, internships, bachelor and master project support as well as mini-jobs for pupils. And we will continue to do so.

For more information about the Human Practice Foundation click here.
For more information about Goodwings and to become a member and support important purposes click here.

Inwatec moves into giant markets: The laundry industry excited about Funen technology

Original article: Fyens Stiftstidende “Inwatec slår hul på gigantmarkeder: Vaskeribranchen begejstret for fynsk teknologi”. Click here to read the article in Danish.

The Funen technology company Inwatec sends its first machines to a Japanese customer in the laundry industry this week. In addition, later in spring, a large fair in New Orleans is expected to open up new opportunities for the company in the United States.

Over the last five years, Inwatec has increased its sales 10 times. Especially in the past year, where Inwatec’s sales have increased by 35 percent.

The growth is visible in the company’s most recent accounts, which have just been published. The numbers are expected to remain or even increase this year as Inwatec is opening the doors to the Japanese and American laundry markets.

“We will send our first machines to Japan this week. And later this year we will be at the largest laundry trade fair in the US in New Orleans, which we expect to open the US market for us,” says Jørgen Jensen, who as the chief operations officer (COO) in the company is responsible for the employees and optimization of production in the company.

Big in the US
Inwatec is already big in the US in the market for mat rolling machines – they have sold more than 200 machines – now a new opportunity is waiting just around the corner.

Jørgen Jensen has had a central position in the 10-year-old company since he was hired one and a half years ago. Inwatec, delivering high-tech and innovative solutions with X-ray systems and artificial intelligence to the heavy duty laundry industry, is so busy that there has been a strong increase in focus on streamlining production and business while still continuing to hire new employees. Only within the last two years, Inwatec doubled the number of employees and is still growing.

– We entered the year with a historically large order after we increased sales significantly last year. We expect to do at least the same this year when we foresee a growth of up to 50 percent. It has been crucial to look at optimizing the internal processes to ensure faster production and improve the handling of increasing orders, he says.

X-ray and artificial intelligence
Five years ago the gross profit in the company was DKK 2.1 million. Within the new accounts, Inwatec has raised the top line from DKK 14.5 million in 2017 to DKK 20.5 million in 2018. The company is particularly successful with its high-tech sorting solutions for industrial laundries in hotels and hospitals. With the technology of X-ray and artificial intelligence Inwatec machines can handle larger amounts of dirty laundry faster and at the same time remove foreign items such as pens or needles.

– No one has to stand and sort the clothes manually anymore. Hence, employees manpower can be used otherwise. At the same time, sorting clothes is a job that it can be difficult to get employees for because the minimum wages increase and there is a poor working environment, so there is great interest in our technology in an industry that is otherwise very traditional, says Jørgen Jensen.

Get bigger orders
Inwatec has been established as an innovative brand in the industry so that it is increasingly getting orders with more machines for larger customers. At the same time, Inwatec is getting involved earlier in the planning phase.

– When we increasingly get larger orders, it means that we can look further because we know that we must deliver two or three lines to a laundry that has not yet been built, he says.

He emphasizes that Inwatec, with its use of robots and machine learning, is pioneering in a tradition-based industry where there is minimal competition.

– Therefore, it is also important that we constantly develop ourselves so that we can maintain our leading position, he says.

New partner and investments
The increased sales are thus due to both the development of existing and innovation of new products. At the same time, massive investments have been put into new employees, which can be seen in the cost of wages that has increased from DKK 10 to 15 million.

Also, at the end of 2017, the company got a new global partner and co-owner. The internationally operating company JENSEN GROUP that sells traditional machines for the laundry industry, took over 30 percent of Inwatec in December 2017. The other two owners are CEO Mads Andresen and Lars Hansen, who is the principal shareholder of the robot company Egatec. He lives a longer stone throw from Inwatec in the same business area of Odense.

The arrival of the JENSEN GROUP leads to even more orders, as Inwatec has thus gained access to 100 sellers in JENSEN’s global network of retailers.

– JENSEN GROUP wins by coming out with the latest technology in the industry when they are out with customers, and for us, it gives access to their customers, says Jørgen Jensen.

– It has of course also meant that last year we invested a lot of time and hours in teaching their salespeople in our products so that they can sell it, he says.

As stated, the company is reinvesting much money in the development of products, new employees and sales work. Nevertheless, the bottom line had also increased from DKK 2 million to DKK 2.3 million in 2018, and at the same time, the company also increased the number of apprentices to three.

From uni to laundry: new talent for our software team

We are happy to welcome Anders who will add another piece to the growing Inwatec puzzle as a Software Developer.

Anders Falk Riis is 25 years old and comes from Nykøbing Mors on north Jutland. He is now supporting us as a Software Developer to further enhance our machines and technologies. As he likes playing Counterstrike in his spare time, he also enjoys being part of Inwatec’s quite successful company team. Another hobby of his is diving.

Anders just finished his bachelor’s degree in Robotics in summer 2018 and is now looking forward to applying his acquired knowledge to practical tasks and projects at Inwatec.
About his new position he says:
“The most interesting part is to use my knowledge from university and apply it to real applications. It’s my first time to work at a company with such a good business environment.”

During his time at university, he had the chance to take a semester in Thailand where he was working as an engineering assistant. One of his tasks was the communication-setup between a universal robot and the laboratory equipment. He then took the opportunity to start his bachelor project about neural networks for a bipedal robot. His work ended up being further developed together with a Thai Ph.D. student and was finally presented to the royal princess of Thailand. Although Anders himself could not be there for the presentation it is definitely something to be proud of.

At Inwatec the first project was already waiting for Anders. For a client in France, he works on new internal services, such as design and setup, for PLC’s as well as on the programming of the exit conveyor for the whole system that will be set up.

After two weeks his first thoughts about being a Laundrynerd are: “It’s amazing, good colleagues and best of all companies.”

We are glad to have you on our team! Welcome, Anders!

Would you like to become part of our team? Check out our open positions here.

VORTEX – small footprint, great impact

With its return-to-operator layout and the very small footprint, the VORTEX can be used in any laundry environment.

Since its launch in 2016, the demand for Inwatec’s VORTEX has increased steadily. In May 2018, we celebrated that machine number 100 left production in Odense, and a little more than a year later, we will see machine number 230 be packed in a container heading towards its final destination.

Despite the immense success with the VORTEX, we have decided to alter the design a bit, and after a lot of testing, we are now pleased to announce that we soon ship the first upgraded VORTEX machines from Inwatec.

The newly added feature is that the VORTEX mat roller can be ordered in a version with an integrated RFID scanner that allows the customer to register the mats that are being rolled automatically.

Update as a response to customer needs

CTO Claes Stanley is always involved in improving Inwatec’s mat rollers and their efficiency

“We have had a number of requests from customers who wanted to keep track of their inventory with RFID readers, and now we have found a solution that works well technically without changing the other properties of the machine,” says CTO Claes Stanley, who at the same time announces that all future VORTEX machines will be ready for the RFID reader option.

“With the new design, the VORTEX can quite easily be upgraded if the customer needs it later, even if the RFID reader was not a part of the original order,” he continues.

The VORTEX is characterized by a remarkably small footprint in relation to the production capacity. Because of the patented roll-over feature, the machine is loaded from the front, where the mat is also returned, rolled, and the design supports efficient one man-maneuvering.

View more information about the VORTEX here. Feel free to contact us for more information regarding the new RFID option.

Strong support for our production by two new Laundrynerds

We are glad to welcome Janek Eriksen and Martin Lefevre Sørensen, who both recently started on our workshop team.

Martin Lefevre Sørensen is a trained electrician and marine project manager and is now supporting us in both electrical as well as technical matters in the development of our laundry robots.

40-year-old Martin lives in a small village Verninge, which is just 10 kilometers from Inwatec together with his wife Gitte and their two boys Lucas (6 years) and Marcus (4 years). In his free time, he likes to spend time with his family and friends. His hobbies are doing all kinds of sports and hunting.

Martin points out that he is “always ready for new challenges” and is already looking forward to the projects he will be working on in the future.

For the past five years, Martin was a Project Manager at a company specialized in electronics for marine customers. He worked on various projects on vessels and at production sites of offshore wind parks, such as MHI Vestas and Bladt Industries.

Apart from that, Martin worked at one of the largest North European construction companies for eleven years. Martin’s main focus was sea trials with Maersk’s new buildings. In addition, he worked as a service engineer globally.

In between these two positions, Martin gathered experience as an electrician at a Funen local electric installation company.

Martin tells: “I have heard good things about Inwatec from former colleagues, and when I saw Inwatec was hiring, I sent my application. I began working here 1st of February!”

After one month of Inwatec, Martin draws a first very positive resume of his new job:

“It is interesting to work at a company where there is a great focus on developing the business, and being a part of that journey is what motivates me.” He continues: “I am looking forward to working within the automation and robotics industry – because it is the future.”

Janek Eriksen, 29 years old, started as a technician in our workshop on the 11th of February, and is currently mainly supporting the assembly of our mat roller VORTEX.

Janek grew up in Tommerup, a small village close to Odense. He is a trained moped mechanic and Janek still has a passion for repairing two-wheeled vehicles.

From 2010 until 2014, Janek worked in a small company that repaired and sold mopeds and bicycles. He mostly worked in the workshop but also supported their shop in selling and customer counseling.

In 2014, Janek then switched to a curtain fitter producer, also specialized on fire and smoke curtains, glass facades, and climate curtains for greenhouses, where he worked until he applied for the open position at Inwatec.

Janek explains: “Already for a long time I wanted to try something new. One of my good friends then told me about the open position at Inwatec.”

After a quick application process and an interview, Janek started in mid of February: “Now, I am a fitter at Inwatec and build cool machines!”

“I like the mood at Inwatec. All the people are nice and helpful and everybody takes good care of each other,” Janek sums up his first weeks at Inwatec.

Welcome, Martin and Janek! It’s so great to have you on our team.

Close cooperation benefits customers all over the world

Mads Andresen together with Nikolai Jensen (Head of Strategic Partnerships at JENSEN-GROUP) after the first year of partnership

In December 2017, Inwatec and JENSEN-GROUP announced that the two companies had entered into a partnership, with JENSEN-GROUP acquiring minority participation in Inwatec. One year later, it is clear that this new relationship has benefited both parties.

“Our cooperation with the JENSEN-GROUP is fruitful in every way, and the first year has confirmed that both parties have been strengthened by the agreement. Inwatec’s focus is on developing robot and automation solutions for the laundry industry, and for us, the cooperation has given opportunity to maintain a high cadence in the development of new solutions,” says Inwatec’s director Mads Andresen.

“JENSEN-GROUP has a worldwide sales and service network, and therefore we can now offer the closeness and fast service that is needed when dealing with complex solutions that improve and change the workflows in the laundries. We can give the customers additional security because JENSEN has a solid network all over the world,” explains Mads Andresen.

The two founders of Inwatec Lars Hansen and Mads Andresen with Jesper Jensen (CEO of the JENSEN-GROUP) in December 2017

Global interest in laundry automation

At JENSEN-GROUP there is also satisfied with the results from the first year of the collaboration. So says Nikolai Jensen, who as Head of Strategic Partnerships at JENSEN-GROUP, is responsible for increased collaboration and coordination between the two companies.

“There is undoubtedly increased interest in automation at most laundries worldwide. Whether due to increased labor costs, or the need to optimize production, many of these challenges can be solved by Inwatec’s products. Therefore, our sales team is able to offer increasingly holistic solutions,” says Nikolai Jensen.

“There are still many manual processes in the laundry industry, but the cost of labor and utilities is increasing globally. I’m convinced that we will see the first fully-automated industrial laundries sooner than we think”, says Nikolai Jensen.

More space needed to keep up with orders

Thanks to the new collaboration, knowledge of Inwatec’s solutions are being shared around the world by JENSEN-GROUP’s sales team. More and more laundries are now installing Inwatec systems to handle automated soil-side sorting of garments.

“A good example of our increased reach is that we have, among other things, obtained new customers in Japan, and we had not got that without JENSEN’s network,” says Mads Andresen, who can at the same time report on another exciting outcome of the collaboration.

“We are really, really busy with both development and production. We have almost continuously active job vacancies for engineers and software developers, and because we get new orders all the time, we must also soon start an extension that doubles production area in our headquarters in Odense, Denmark,” Mads Andresen concludes.

Watch the video about the start of the partnership from December 2017

Laundrynerd in Training – Our first Data Technician Apprentice

Meet Anne-Sofie Fisker, our third apprentice in total and our first one in the field of programming!

“It’s great at Inwatec. I have great colleagues, I get a lot of guidance and the environment is just perfect for me”, Anne-Sofie concludes the first weeks of her apprenticeship.

Anne-Sofie started her apprenticeship as a data technician at Inwatec in January 2019. This line of education takes 4.5 years and consists of an alternation of 20 weeks at the company and 10 weeks at school.

“It’s very practical here at Inwatec, that’s how I like it. And luckily, it will be at school too”, Anne-Sofie explains.

Anne-Sofie is 24 years old, grew up in Esbjerg, and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Southern Denmark. After she finished her studies, she first worked as a physics teacher, but soon started looking for a way into her passion – programming!

From Physics to Programming

In her bachelor’s studies in Physics, she worked much with mathematics, statistics, and data, which often was rather theoretical and only little applied. Until in one of her courses, Anne-Sofie was taught to write her first code and how to work with Java and Python. This experience immediately sparked her interest in programming. As she says: “That was so invigorating!”

“I changed from physics to the data technician apprenticeship because I thought that university was just a bit too theoretical and too far from reality. You know, I am a giant nerd, I sit in front of computers all the time, and I wanted to use that less consumer-like and more engineering-like”, Anne-Sofie smiles.

In her free time, Anne-Sofie likes to watch movies and play video games. What she, however, likes most is ‘educational coding’. She taught most of her current knowledge about programming herself by researching and training online.

“I honestly really want to learn to code. So, whenever I get an idea, I want to bring it to the working table. For example, I developed some Google Chrome browser extensions. One of them was an acronym finder.” She continues: “I really like to toy around with file handling as well, and everything that can help to solve daily problems with data management.”

Certified Apprenticeship Places for Data Technicians

Our three apprentices! Anne-Sofie, together with Anders and Thomas who are taking the Automation Technician education

When Anne-Sofie was searching for apprenticeship places, she stumbled over Inwatec and found our job postings for both a senior programmer and software student assistants.

“That senior programmer position was exactly what I want to work with when I have some more experience. And I knew Inwatec was open to students. So, I hoped that they would be open for me combining these two openings I found.”

Looking back at the time when she was searching for an apprenticeship place, Anne-Sofie describes: “Many of those companies who are certified to have apprentices didn’t want any! I have sent out so many applications until I finally found Inwatec.”

Inwatec’s COO Jørgen Jensen admits that before Anne-Sofie applied, he did not know much about the data technician apprenticeship. But once he did, he made sure to act fast to be able to take an apprentice in this very relevant education branch for Inwatec:

“We had a job interview two days after we received her unsolicited application and after that, we directly went to talk to a representative from the metal industry’s educational department to be approved as an apprenticeship for data technician students. Already on the following day we received formal approval and were able to sign a training agreement” Jørgen Jensen describes.

He continues: “What I want to point out most is that the process of being approved as an apprenticeship employer has been super simple and has demanded very little of our time, so it should not discourage anyone from hiring an apprentice!”

Anne-Sofie’s first weeks at Inwatec

Only two weeks after her application, Anne-Sofie is already ‘getting to know the code’ of Inwatec’s soiled side sorting machinery! She will be supporting the programming team mostly on the SortManager, Artificial Intelligence data processing, as well as work on programs that are used internally.

Anne-Sofie explains that with now programming on real machinery and projects being sent out to customers, she is pressuring herself a little more compared to when she was coding at home for fun:

“I am sometimes a bit anxious to implement my code because it can crash real machines, and not just an internet browser. But I am happy that I am under supervision – like that, I cannot break anything”, she laughs.

From day one, it was made sure that Anne-Sofie was involved in daily processes and discussions about current projects:

“The programming team is really nice to just ease me into all these tasks. It’s a lot of helping and taking it slow on one side, but on the other side, I am already writing code that will be implemented. That’s very cool! Most interesting for me so far is being included in discussions on projects that are shipped out. That I actually have an impact on what is going to happen.”

Although for many people, ‘machinery for laundry automation’ and ‘systems for textile handling’ might not sound that exciting, Anne-Sofie is thrilled to work on the code for these. She already is a real Laundrynerd!

“I think that the vision-part and the data analysis here is very cool. But also just keeping track of all these garments, the counting, the X-ray scanning – that’s all so interesting. One thing trumps the other!”

We are so glad to have you on our team now, Anne-Sofie. And obviously, we are very proud to hear all those compliments for our people and systems. We are really looking forward to the next 4.5 years with you as our apprentice!