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!


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

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!


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

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!


Would you like to start your career at Inwatec? Check out our open positions and send your application!

From laundry to laundry machine supply

At the beginning of August, our team gained another strong support with Jens Plesner Nissen (39 years old) who took on a newly created position as Project Sales Engineer. Together with our customers, he takes a closer look at their laundry work environments aiming to find the best design and placement for our machines or systems to deliver the best possible and most efficient laundry processes and results. 

In his spare time, Jens has a passion for hunting and everything related. Whenever there is time he takes his dog and spends time in the forests of Denmark or Sweden. Now it is his own dog only, but he also used to train German Shepherds a couple of years ago.

Originally Jens comes from Billund where he started his career as an automation engineer at the Lego factory. He then decided to move to Svendborg, where he still lives today, to study Marine Engineering. Next to University he started working at the laundry group DFD Odense where he ended up working for almost 8 years in a management position. One of his tasks was the design and installation of garment dispensers. It was during his time at DFD Odense where he first got in touch with Inwatec machines that were ordered by the company. 

“I knew Inwatec from my time in the Laundry business. We purchased machinery from Inwatec, and occasionally supplied Inwatec with material for testing, e.g. mixed garments, mats, etc.”

Before he switched from working with laundry to now selling Inwatec’s laundry machines he worked as a Department Manager in the production of MHI Vestas in Lindø. In his management position there he was responsible for up to 70 employees producing the hub for the 9MW Offshore wind turbine. 

Away from the Offshore business towards customer contact, project work and design after a month at Inwatec Jens says:

“This is a new position and challenge for me. I am really looking forward to work with all the super-competent people here. It is stimulatory to work in a team of specialists. I also look forward to meeting our customers. I think the laundry business is a very interesting business. There is a lot of dirty and arduous work out there, and Inwatec has some very good solutions to eliminate it, and save money for our customers.”

Welcome Jens, we are delighted to have you on the team!


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