Programming Internship at Inwatec

Three weeks ago Mikkel Pavia Hansen joined us for a three months internship within his ‘automationsteknolog’ studies at UCL Odense. As an automation technician, Mikkel is about to become an expert in automating processes through programming and robotics. Therefore we are pleased Mikkel has decided for us to gain first practical experiences in software programming for Inwatec machines.

Mikkel is 29 years old and was born and raised in Odense. After finishing his HTX education he worked as a bartender and waiter in different places in Odense for more than five years before he started having issues with his knee. Affected by this he switched to a completely new field and started working at DD2 – the Danish Center for Strategic Research in Type 2 Diabetes – as an assistant for three months. When he then started his studies as an Automation Technician at UCL he continued his work at DD2 as a student worker. He was involved in everything imaginable from collecting record data, to updates of databases to the accommodation of new data as well as its extraction from various documents. 

As one of his classmates has heard about Mikkel’s passion for programming he mentioned Inwatec as a possibly interesting company for the compulsory three months internship and that is how Mikkel’s attention was brought to our open positions. Three months in he is in the process of implementing an inverter control function from one project to another next to setting up a Raspberry Pi to scan barcodes via a USB-connected camera. Throughout his tasks, he is closely working together with our software engineer Tudor.

“I think it’s really interesting that there’s so much different programming required. I really look forward to the next few months working here, putting all the knowledge to use, learning a lot of new things as well and seeing what it’s like to work in this field.”

In his spare time, Mikkel enjoys playing badminton with his girlfriend twice a week and tries to improve his electronic tinkering skills on smaller projects. Since his late teenage years, he loves cooking and currently has a thing for ramen which is why a lot of his spare time consists of watching videos on how to make the different parts of ramen in order to cook it to perfection. 

We are happy to have you here, welcome Mikkel!


Would you like to become part of Inwatec? Check out our open positions and send your application!

New decade, new employees!

The new decade will hopefully bring us many new employees. We already started successfully with Erik Stougaard Andersen who joined us on the 6th of January. He adds on more manpower to our technician team in the workshop and we are happy to have welcomed him as the first new employee in 2020. 

Erik is 29 years old, was born in Copenhagen and then raised in Midtfyn. For three years he lived in Odense before he just recently moved back to Midtfyn to live in a multigenerational house together with his wife and parents.
During his time in Odense, he became part of the maker space project called “The O’Town Garage” that started in summer 2019. The O’Town Garage describes itself as a community of passionate, talented and self-driven members that are committed to learn and to teach one another, to expand their horizons of knowledge in tech and art and bridge the gap between ideas and tools to make them real. With a new job, home and a baby to come, Erik has a lot on his plate, but he still contributes time and engagement as an active member, because he genuinely enjoys spending time there. When you ask him about some of the projects he has worked on at “The O’Town Garage” he passionately tells you about the CNC machine they created from discarded motors and old pallets. “The old motors were actually donated by Inwatec”, he proudly adds. 

With his engineering background, Erik has worked as a maritime engineer at Maersk Line, assembled windmill components at Næsby Maskinfabrik and then temporarily maintained boilers at Chr. Møller A/S in Nyborg while he was also trying to start his own business with a slow horse feeding machine.
Two of his fellow O’Town Garage members are Inwatec’s software engineers Alex and Tudor and so one thing led to another and Erik decided to apply after he heard a lot of positive stories. As his temporary contract was about the end the opportunity came at the right time.
What he enjoys most is to work with his hands and head at the same time. When asked about his expectations for the new position he says: 

“At first I want to learn as much as possible from the people around me. Hopefully, I will be able to give input as soon as possible and help with fixing underlying mechanical issues. Also, perhaps soon I can help with the development and improvement of existing machines.”

We are glad to have you on the team, Erik!


Would you like to become part of Inwatec? Check out our open positions and send your application!

Invitation: Open House & Friday Bar – Robotics Company of the Year Celebration

We are inviting to our Open House & Friday Bar Event on January 24th, 2020 from 13:00 to 15:00 at Hvidkærvej 30 in 5250 Odense SV!

Being named “Robotics Company of the Year 2019” by the Odense Robotics CEO network is truly a cause for celebration and we would love all who are interested to join us. The #Laundrynerds are already looking forward to showing our newly built workshop, demonstrating our laundry robotics, and enjoying a cold drink with our guests at our bar.

Let us know if you will be there via our Facebook event.

Read more about the Robotics Company Award

Inwatec honored with Robotics award

Tuesday, December 12, Inwatec was honored with the award as ‘2019 Robotics Company of the Year’ from Odense Robotics cluster.

Inwatec was one of six finalists together with Blue Ocean Robotics, KOBOTS, Lorenz Technology, Mobile Industrial Robots, and Robot Nordic. Given the strong field, it was a very proud CEO of Inwatec, Mads Andresen, who went on stage to receive the price:

“I’m delighted to accept the award on behalf of the entire company. I am enormously proud to have been picked as the winner from such an outstanding group of finalists. At Inwatec, we strive to nurture talent, particularly students and recent graduates, as part of our ongoing growth journey. It’s hugely rewarding to support young people’s development and learn from their ideas. It is a real honor for all of us at the company to have our efforts recognized by companies in the Odense Robotics cluster,” Mads Andresen said from the stage.

The award is sponsored by Nykredit Bank. Lars Holm, Centre Director for Nykredit Bank in Odense, said:

“Robotics and automation companies in Odense bring growth to the region and create value for a range of industries worldwide. We are proud to sponsor the ‘Robotics Company of the Year’ award and celebrate the extraordinary contribution that Odense Robotics cluster companies make to our business community and our society.”

Read more on the Odense Robotics website in English

Read more in the Danish newspaper Fyens Stiftstidende

Introducing our steel enthusiast Christian

At the end of November, another young Laudrynerd joined our workshop team. Christian Birch is 19 years old and will stay with us for at least a year during his so-called EGU education, mainly helping with the assemblage of all our machines. He has a fascinating passion for steel and everything that can be created and build with it.
Christian grew up and still lives in Torø, a small town outside of Assens, Fyn with his family that includes two dogs. 

After school, he visited efterskolen, where he learned all about hunting and fishing in the first year followed by the very different field of blacksmithing in the second year. While he still likes to go out on fishing trips with his father, the second year of efterskolen had an important impact on his interests as it ignited his enthusiasm for steel.
At the age of 18, he continued learning even more about it while gaining knowledge in welding at a production school. As this path of education is very focused on practical skills he could directly start learning by doing. Amongst other products ordered by customers he helped building furniture, e.g. shelves, made from steel and wood at the company he worked for at that time. During the time at production school, he got in contact with the wife of our Laundrynerd Hilmer, who is working there, and thereby got introduced to Inwatec. As Christian knew that his biggest interest lies in metalwork a trial internship at Inwatec seemed to be a good choice. Although his work at Inwatec mainly consists of an assemblage of various pieces and is therefore different from working with raw steel, Christian enjoys it very much. “For me, it is like building with LEGO but in real life and I enjoy it a lot,” he says.

We are happy about having Christian with us and are glad that he enjoys being surrounded by us Laundrynerds so much:
“I am really happy to be here and I like the atmosphere at Inwatec. I can always find someone to ask questions and everyone is really helpful.”

In his spare time, Christian combines his interests in steel and the production of different products. He creates small knives that can be used for hunting activities as well as small bags for different items such as drinking cans and knives. Therefore he also needs to know how to work with leather and wood. When he is not in the garage working on new items he enjoys hunting trips with his father and is saving up for diving gear. Since he got his dive license, he is dreaming of going diving again.

Welcome to the team Christian, we are glad to have you!


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Meet Inwatec on the virtual battlefield

In addition to designing and building advanced machines for the laundry industry, some of Inwatec’s employees also showcase their capabilities in front of the screens in “FirmaCS”, a Danish national tournament in the computer game CounterStrike, or CS:GO.

Inwatec is represented with the teams “Inwatec LaundryNerds” and “Inwatec MatNerds”, and including the reserves, we have 12 men armed with mouse and keyboard.

The cheering audience after the Inwatec Laundrynerds Team defeated their opponents

In the current edition of the tournament, the LaundryNerds have qualified for the playoffs while the MatNerds have had quite a few fatalities in the tournament so far.

“There is a massive difference in the abilities of the two teams, but not in how much fun we have out of it. You can watch the matches online, and there is a lot here that does. And then we talk about the most obvious mistakes in the canteen the next day”, says Bandit, who goes by the name Jesper Lolk daily, and is also an electrician at Inwatec.

The interest in the two teams matches in the tournament culminated with a social event at Inwatec. Here, computers were set up so that everyone could test their own skills against their colleagues.

After food and play, a match was shown on the big screen – with a qualified commentator who could explain the strategies and explain the game situations.


If your company has a CounterStrike team, we are always ready to meet you online for a friendly game – just contact jlo@inwatec.dk.

New Software Developer

We have been looking for a new software developer for a few weeks and have finally found Alex Holberg who, just after finishing his Bachelor of Software Engineering, dedicated himself to the laundry world and can now call himself another #laundrynerd. Which fits the way he describes himself: 

“I enjoy a variety of things. I share many hobbies with the stereotypical introverted nerd, most notably, gaming, D&D (Dungeon and Dragons), and science. I enjoy a good documentary and trying to learn new things, whether it be in the field of electronics and software, chemistry or even biology.“

Alex only recently turned 23 and comes from a small village close to Kolding, Askov, but lives in Odense now. The Praktik- og Projektdag at SDU allowed us to get in touch with Alex and after the interesting conversation we had, we were pleased to receive his application. 

Alex started off mid-September and is looking forward to creating software that serves a purpose other than only being discussed in the context of an exam at university. Coming from the software language Java Alex has to get used to the software language we use, but as he says the techniques are the same. The only difference is a new way of telling the computer what to do. His main tasks will be designing and programming software for our machines. Currently, he is working on a new interface aiming to optimize planning processes in the laundry of one of our customers. 

“I enjoy a good challenge and learning new things, which is exactly what I’m doing at the moment. I get to solve complicated problems and learn a new programming language at the same time”

Alex is a very passionate colleague with a lot of ideas in his head that he keeps in an unstructured list but doesn’t mind sharing. He warns not to be too curious though unless there is time for an exhaustive discussion about the project execution because that’s what the conversation will probably turn into.

We are delighted to have another fresh mind amongst us and cannot wait for everything that he will come up with to develop and improve our customer’s laundry processes. Welcome to the team, Alex!


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Inwatec at the Laundry Experience Event in Belgium

In September 2019, the Laundry Experience Event was attended by many experts from the laundry industry, including Mads Andresen, CEO of Inwatec, who was invited on the first day to give a presentation on the latest automation and robotics solutions for textile management.

The event was organized by Vematex, the Dutch organization of laundry suppliers, and took place at the Clova laundry in Wommelgem near Antwerp. The two-day event opened the opportunity for visitors from the largest laundries in the Benelux region to discuss the latest developments and innovations in the field of automatic laundry handling together with the invited suppliers.

Inwatec was particularly pleased that the event took place at the Belgian laundry Clova, as one of Inwatec's sorting systems for soiled garments is automating the laundry's processes already. This enabled the visitors to experience Inwatec's robot solutions live and in action after hearing about it in a presentation.

View impressions of the event and Inwatec's installed solution below:

Apprentices making up 10% of Inwatec

At the moment 5 out of 50 #laundrynerds make up young talents that have chosen to take their education in cooperation with Inwatec. Two of them just started their ‘eux’ education in August this year. Meet Magnus Aatofte Rasmussen & Aksel Mads Madsen! 

 

Aksel Mads Madsen & Magnus Aatofte Rasmussen

Within the Danish education system, the ‘eux’ education allows students to combine a general upper secondary education and vocational training, giving them direct access to higher education in a wide range of programs. Magnus and Aksel take turns in learning theoretical knowledge at the Syddansk Erhvervsskole in Odense and gaining practical skills at Inwatec the latter being the major part of their main courses of study. Compared to other educational paths the ‘eux’ training lasts for up to five years.
While Magnus is working towards becoming an Automation Technician within the next four years, spending most of his time on the machines in our workshop, you will find Aksel mostly in front of his computer. In five years’ time, he can call himself Data Technician with a specialization in programming. 

Magnus and Aksel both are 18 years old and just at the start of their professional careers. Thanks to Odense Robotics bringing together future employees and companies within the robotics cluster we found Aksel, who uploaded his CV because he was looking for a supporting company to go with for his education. And it turned out that he brings the right skills and interests for an apprenticeship at Inwatec.

Only a few months into his education he is currently working on the user interface for our sorting machines as well as on the image processing within the field of machine learning. 

“Out of the things I’ve seen so far, machine learning has been very exciting. In general, creating software that works with industrial machines is interesting, since I’ve never tried it before”, Aksel tells.

Magnus enjoys a lot of different activities in his spare time and when you meet him in the workshop, singing along Toto’s song “Africa”, it seems as if he has been part of Inwatec for more than a few months. 
Within different teams, he is not just doing gymnastics himself but is also training kids in doing gymnastics three times a week. 

When he feels like creating music he either plays the Marimba by himself or hits the drums with the band he is part of. On the more technical side, he works on audio projects or builds up workshops to then restore an old tractor. 

During school, Magnus built electrical panels and repaired machinery amongst other tasks at Kjærgaard for some hours a week for four years. The experience he gained at that time he can now make use of when building and assembling Inwatec machines. Now gaining experience in the second company he is working at, he jokes: “I think the amount of cake is almost the same.”
Within the first part of his education, he will learn more about our machines, the assemblage, and electrical installations. Later on, he will also create electrical drawings and learn some programming. 

After his first weeks at Inwatec he reports: 

“I love it. It’s exciting to be part of a firm that evolves so much, so quickly. Everybody is very nice to me and wants to get to know me better. People are happy, smile and joke. If I wonder about things I can ask and everybody takes their time to help me understand, whatever it is.”

In addition, Magnus is fascinated by how fast Inwatec’s machinery evolves and is looking forward to becoming a bigger part of not just assembling but also developing our systems.

Both Magnus and Aksel will stay with us for the next few years and we are very much looking forward to seeing both of them developing – not just our machines and automation software, but also their professional careers. 

Welcome Aksel, welcome Magnus – it is our pleasure to have you amongst us!


Would you like to become part of our team or start your apprenticeship? Check out our open positions and send your application!

Taking the next step with Inwatec

With our focus on education and our passion for offering possibilities in various fields for young talents, we are proud and thrilled to introduce three #laundrynerds that you might have seen before. All three of them have been part of Inwatec for one year or even longer, but have now made the next step in their careers. 

“It was the plan from the beginning, that if there was a job that I would fit, I should work full time. And I’m very happy how things worked out.“ (Nicolai)

Nicolai started in fall 2017 and mostly supported Inwatec with the PLC software for one of our mat rolling machines while studying Automation Engineering. Before his studies, he finished his first education as an electrician. Since the 1st of August, he is now a full-time Service Engineer within our software team. That still includes software development for our mat rolling machines, but he is also responsible for a large part of the service tasks we receive from our customers including service calls and installations. He therefore also tests our machines before they are sent out. 

Part of the team for one and a half years now, Benjamin joined Inwatec in April 2018 to prepare for his studies of Technology Management and Marine Engineering that began half a year later. When he started, his work included assembling machines and different other tasks coming up in our workshop. With the beginning of a mandatory apprenticeship within his studies (that he takes at Inwatec) his tasks shifted to a mix of project support and workshop tasks. Benjamin is planning on continuing his work after the apprenticeship as a student assistant and is aiming to become a Project Manager once he finishes his degree.

Laus, the youngest in terms of his time at Inwatec, was studying Robot Systems – Advanced Robotics Technology at SDU when he joined as a student assistant in July 2018. He supported us in various software development tasks and it did not take him long to find an interesting topic for his master project – the development of AI to find the best gripping areas of laundry items (read more). We were glad to enable him finding a topic of interested that at the same time helped Inwatec exploring new ways of using AI. At the beginning of September Laus started his full-time contract as Software Developer complementing the #laundrynerds software team in a new role. 

“When I started at Inwatec, I didn’t have a plan for what I was going to do or where I was going to be after my studies. Inwatec seemed like a good place to get some experience working with automation, as well as starting my transition from doing studies to being in a working environment. During my time as a student worker, I was introduced to the idea of staying here after finishing my studies, and since it seemed like the right thing to do for me, I gladly ended up taking the offer.” 

It is always rewarding to see young people developing in such a short time and growing both personally and professionally. We are glad that you will continue being #laundrynerds and we are looking forward to a fruitful and joyful future together with you, Benjamin, Laus & Nicolai!


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