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!

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!

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.

Focus on international communication: Meet our marketing student assistant

We are very happy to introduce Theresa Kittendorf, great support for Inwatec’s marketing and communication activities! The 26-year-old German started as our student assistant in international communication in March.

Before Theresa moved to Odense for her Brand Management and Marketing Communication Master’s studies, she lived in Berlin and worked for the German railway company Deutsche Bahn.

Theresa holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a focus on services. Her studies were built up as a dual education. Dual education is very common in Germany and combines theory at university and practical experiences at a company. During this time, Theresa had the chance to explore various facets of Human Resources, as she worked in different HR departments, ranging from merely operational to strictly strategic ones. After her graduation, Theresa continued to work in the field of HR at the company and was able to focus on the special field of talent management. Among others, her routines included internal communication on a social media platform as well as performing internal marketing activities for talent events and company fairs. At Deutsche Bahn, Theresa had more than 300,000 colleagues, all working within diverse fields, countries, and continents.

Now, working as one of 50 employees at Inwatec, Theresa explains: “I like the fact that Inwatec is comparably small and it is actually possible to know all the colleagues and see them working on the different tasks and challenges at Inwatec. Also being able to see the machines, ask questions about how they work and learn a bit more about the technologies behind is very exciting.”

As a student assistant in international communication, Theresa is editing, updating and translating manuals for all machines to make the documents best understandable for the operators in the laundries worldwide. In addition, Theresa performs different marketing tasks, such as creating and publishing content on Inwatec’s social media profiles and the corporate website.

“I am very happy about being part of Inwatec. Everyone is really friendly, welcoming and helpful and the overall atmosphere is just like the one I was hoping to find. There is also a lot of new things to learn and even though the machine names can still be confusing sometimes it is exciting to see them in action and get to know more details about their features.”

Theresa enjoys, that she can work on projects from the very beginning until delivery to the customer. She further points out that it is very exciting that she can go to the workshop and try out the functions of the different machines herself at any time. That makes her work more fulfilling, as she points out: “Being able to see what exactly the work we are doing is done for is so much more rewarding than just sitting in an office looking at the screen all the time.”

In her free time, Theresa enjoys playing volleyball in a mixed team in Odense. Additionally, she has been volunteering for the successful event TEDxOdense, which took place mid-April. She volunteered in the position of Audience Experience Team Lead, where she was responsible for the organization of the welcoming procedures and networking activities to enable the perfect conditions for an overall positive experience for the event’s guests.

Theresa adds that she really enjoys watching tennis, although she is not playing it herself. “Most of the time I end up watching alone because no one else is interested. Maybe I can find a new companion at Inwatec who is as fascinated about watching tennis as I am”, Theresa wonders.

Thank you for all your support for our communication activities, Theresa! We are so glad to have you on our team.


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

Efficient and error-free human-machine interaction

With the increasing use of technology and automation in commercial machinery, the operation of many new systems is becoming very complicated. Therefore, the human-machine interaction is an important aspect to concentrate on in the machine development. It can have a significant impact on employee satisfaction and production efficiency. Resulting in the requirement to integrate the operator’s needs in its design and eventually creating it as simple to use as possible.

Even complex machines should be easy to operate

“Interface design is often neglected in the sector of industrial machines. However, it is important when it comes to efficiency and error-free operation”, tells Vanessa.

In January this year, Vanessa finished her Master’s studies in Product Development and Innovation at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense. At Inwatec she first worked as a student employee and then investigated Inwatec’s current interface design at the mat roll machines during an ‘InCompany’ period. For her final thesis, Vanessa continued her research and created a new interface prototype for the HURRICANE mat roller.

“Inwatec designs machines to make the interaction as easy as possible for all stakeholders involved in the development and operation process“, she explains.

Designing according to people’s needs – Inwatec’s priority

Vanessa submitted her thesis at the beginning of January 2019 and is very happy about her project and Inwatec’s goals:

“I love how Inwatec creates smart machines, that simplify working processes but also how the company cares about the people being involved in the development process as well in the usage of the machines.”

In the development process, Inwatec emphasizes the great importance of considering the operator of the machine from day one to result in machines that are both user-friendly and safe to operate. Opinions of customers and own employees are highly valued and essential for all kind of improvement processes. Vanessa did not only create a prototype but also directly performed tests with various stakeholders.

“It was great to get feedback right away and to have the chance to improve the prototype again and again.”


Are you interested in doing your thesis, an internship or any other university-related project in collaboration with Inwatec? Check out our open positions.

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.

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.

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.