Team extension in the workshop: Meet Dannie

Dannie Riis is our newest team member and supports our workshop as an electrician. He is 44 years old and lives in a small town called Assens on the island of Funen with his wife Rikke.

Dannie finished his training as an industrial electrician in 1994. After being in the army for a couple of years, he worked for Maersk line and has been drilling for 15 years all around the world. Two years ago, the oil crisis forced him change to his job. Since then, he worked for an engineering company in Odense.

“In the end of January I got the opportunity to join Inwatec’s Laundrynerds as a electrician”, Dannie explains.

“So far, I love to work here. The way people are talking to each other is so different from what I am used to. Here, people talk nicely to each other, and if there is a suggestion, for example about changing the layout of the machine, people will actually listen to your suggestions.”

Looking forward to future installation jobs

Dannie is especially looking forward to expand his knowledge of Inwatec’s machines to be eventually able to get ‘outside’ on installation jobs around the world. Currently, he is working on two different project: One is about two HURRICANE mat rolling machines and on the other, Dannie works on a new prototype of our X-ray machine.

In his free time, Dannie cooks, reads a good book to relax, and twice a week, he dances line dance. He and his wife very much like garden work and they have two greenhouses in their garden where they grow everything from tomatoes to chili. They also have a passion for Switzerland and use every opportunity to either hike or ski there. Besides, Dannie builds remote control scale model ships and large scale petrol driven cars in the scale of 1:5. “Then, in sommer, we are playing with our ‘baby’, a Buick Wildcat from 1968, in short – 2 tons of American muscle with a 7 L V8 engine with apx 400+ hp.”

Welcome to the team, Dannie!


Would like to work at Inwatec as well? Find information about our open positions here.

New year and new Laundrynerds

We are welcoming Kasper, Mads Emil and Claus to Inwatec this year. We are glad to have the three of you in our team!

Whenever a new employee starts at Inwatec, we shortly introduce them in an article like this. However, two of the three newest Laundrynerds are pretty familiar faces to most of the team. Read all about it below:


Kasper Simonsen, 31 years old, is Inwatec’s new project manager and started mid of December 2017. We met him on different job fairs and he talked to CEO Mads and HR Manager Sophie about possible positions for him at Inwatec. Then, in his summer holidays 2017, he worked in the workshop for a couple of weeks and already learned about Inwatec’s machines and met most of the team.

Kasper worked as an electrician for seven years and then did his Bachelor in Technology Management and Marine Engineering (BtecMan & MarEng). On the 12th of January, he officially finished this full-time degree and was graded with a 12, the highest grade in the Danish system!

“I have done a lot of projects in my time as an electrician. I mainly installed intruder alarms and surveillance cameras, but the contact with the customer and the process from getting the order to install it at the customer is very similar to the process at Inwatec.”

Currently, Kasper is working on a great linen storage with over 2 kilometers of conveyors for a Norwegian laundry. “It has been great to start working here, first of all because of the nice people at Inwatec but also because I already knew a lot of the co-workers before a started at the office”, Kasper explains. He further describes what he finds most interesting so far: “I think the technical part of the machines is very fascinating. It has always been great fun for me to look into things and see how things works. Also the process where you follow a project from the beginning to the end is really cool.”

Kasper lives in Odense with his girlfriend and his two kids. In his free time, Kasper spends much time with his family and likes to visit the Zoo or Legoland. In addition, he likes to run and to ride his mountain bike. When there is time, he also does spearfishing.

“I am looking forward to doing bigger projects. I hope, the customers will be happy about the machines and then see that they need more machines from Inwatec.”


Mads Emil Nielsen is 21 years old and started as an employee at Inwatec in the beginning of January 2018. Mads Emil lives from a small town called Tommerup St and took his education at ‘Schmidt & Øhrnstedt El- installation’.

“During my apprenticeship, I was primarily working on new and renewed electrical installations in houses and offices. I took the school semesters at DJH, ‘Den Jyske Håndværkerskole’ and finished my education in December 2017.” Mads Emil passed his education with the highest possible result, a 12.

In February 2017, already during his education, Mads Emil started to help out at Inwatec’s workshop as an external electrician. Very soon, it was his wish to work in an industrial electric environment. After Mads Emil finished his apprenticeship, we were glad to offer him a full-time position at Inwatecs workshop.

“I am very happy to be at Inwatec. Especially, because there is so much development going on. I am already looking forward to exciting new projects.”

Since January 2018, Mads Emil is fully employed as an electrician at Inwatec. Currently, Mads Emil is working on a series of five Hurricanes mat rollers which will be shipped to the USA.

“It is very nice to be part of the full development process of the machines: We start by having the blueprints, then we build it, make our own electrical cabinet and place it inside the machine, test the machine and finally install it at the customer’s plant. It is great to be part of all those steps!”

In Mads Emil’s spare time, he is a scout leader and spends much time in the nature, preferably with his girlfriend and friends.


Claus Klit Munksgaard is 49 years old and lives with his wife Mette and their 3 children in Ryslinge, a small town on the island of Funen. In the beginning of January 2018, Claus started in the Inwatec workshop as an Electrician.

Claus did a professional education as an electronic technician and worked with electronics for 10 years. He gathered experiences at RISØ National Laboratory (DTU), especially on DR3, which is an atomic test reactor. Further, he worked with emergency power plants and power electronics before he started switching into the field of automation.

“I have always been very interested in computer technology and building machines from scratch. I like the possibilities and challenges when working with automation technology – everything has to function together if we want to start the machine”, Claus says.

Within automation, he has plenty of experiences building electrical panels, assembling and servicing machines and servicing CNC-machines and robots. All this experience makes Claus a perfect candidate to support our workshop team. Additionally, he has done much of the electric work for Inwatec already in his latest job and therefore knew much about Inwatec’s machines even before he joined our team in the beginning of 2018.

After work, Claus spends much of his time on his small farm, which he owns together with his wife and her parents. There, they breed organic rabbits, own geese, pigs and a few calves. In his spare time, Claus especially loves to spend time with his family and also their dog Oline. Oline is a 4-year-old Keeshond (Wolfspitz), with which the family is even attending exhibitions and this spring she will have puppies.


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Our newest team member: Software Engineer Jacob

Meet Jacob Pørksen Buch, who joined our team on the 4th of December! The 29 year old will support us as a software developer and will mainly focus on the PLC of our machines.

Jacob has a strong educational background from University of Southern Denmark, as he did a Master’s in Robotics and started a PhD directly afterwards. Within his PhD, Jacob worked with industrial robots in a series of work-cases where he used robots like the Kuka iiwa and UR5 and simulated these systems. Already for his Bachelor’s project, Jacob developed a robotized tabletop game, for which he worked with similar elements like the ones we use for our machines: cameras, motors, and sensors.

In addition to Jacob’s education, he is a great fit for our team because of his passion about his field of work, which does not stop after working hours:

“In my free time, I do a lot of ‘nerding’ with small mechanical, programming and electrical projects.”

Jacob also likes to play board games and is always searching for new ones such as ‘7 Wonders’, ‘King of Tokyo’, and ‘Smash Up’. He started kitesurfing as a sporting balancing, and further trains boxing and Crossfit on an almost daily basis. This summer, Jacob walked the first 500 kilometer of the Camino de Santiago and afterwards went to Thailand for a month.

We met Jacob at a job fair in Odense this fall and directly recognized Jacob’s fit for our open position in PLC programming. After he came by the office for an interview and the other Laundrynerds met him, we made our decision pretty quick – Jacob started his job already a week after his interview.

During his fist days, Jacob was helping to assemble an RFID-module in the workshop, on whose programming he will also be working in the next weeks.

“I love working here so far. All people are so nice, talkative and very helpful. I very much looking forward to getting my computer so I can also start programming the machinery.”

We are looking forward to working with you, Jacob. Welcome!


You are just as passionate about your field of work as Jacob? Apply here for our open positions

New Laundrynerds: Our workshop-team is growing

In the past months, our machine portfolio was growing and so is our book of commissions. Therefore, we were searching for more helping hands in the workshop to build and assemble our machines – and recently employed Patrick and Hilmer at Inwatec.

Patrick Norgren Nielsen

Patrick Norgren Nielsen is 26 years old, lives in Odense, and started at Inwatec on November 16. He is working on the mechanical and electrical parts of our machines, currently especially on our Vortex mat rollers. Before, he has been working with bigger automation machines and robots such as depalletizers at Jorgensen Engineering.

“The machines here at Inwatec are much smaller but the work is pretty much similar”, explains Patrick.

Patrick gained diversified experiences in the engineering and robotics industry: He graduated as a ship technician in 2011 at Lindø, port of Odense, and afterwards took all courses for the Marine Engineer education. During these studies, Patrick worked at Odico Formwork Robotics, who deal with robots for construction sites. After finishing his studies, he worked at Jorgensen Engineering and then recently changed to Inwatec after applying to our job ad he found on Odense Robotic’s job platform.

“The best part of working here is to be part of building the machine from scratch. Then, we see the machine in action and also get the opportunity to work outside the country to set up the machines for the customers.”

In his spare time, Patrick is playing handball and likes to do underwater hunting with a speargun.


Hilmer Storm lives in Thorø Huse, a small old fishing village in the town of Assens, and is employed as a technician in our workshop since the beginning of November.

Just before Hilmer started at Inwatec, he terminated his job as a harbor leader in Assens Marina. He has a broad ranging working background, as, before he was a harbor leader, he is trained as mechanic, process engineer, and IT administrator. He has also been working with process plants in the recycling industry.

Hilmer explains: “I do not have direct experience in the field I am working with now! But I have experiences that can be reliably related to this. Working experiences, that I think are in good line with the job at Inwatec.”

Currently, Hilmer is working on Vortex-projects together with Patrick.

“After four weeks at Inwatec, I have no doubt: The job here has been a very good choice for me. The content of the job is nice, great colleagues and good working conditions. The working hours also fit perfectly to my hobbies. It could just not be any better!”

Hilmer has a great passion for Ultra Trail Running, runs that are longer than 100 kilometer and in terrain with mountains and forests. His latest race was the Transalpine-Run from 3rd to 9th of September 2017, which started in Germany, went through Austria and Switzerland, and finished in Italy. The race was 288 kilometers long and during these, Hilmer passed 16,870 meters in altitude. In August 2016, Hilmer started the project ‘2019 MAX’ in collaboration with Klinikken Munkebo. His goal is to qualify and run two to three World Tour Races in 2018-19: “I’m an experimental type and I wanted to figure out what a body, born in 1958, could achieve.” In the past, he has also been cycling on an elite level and therefore, he still practices cycling training as a supplement to his running training.

Hilmer has previously lived in Italy and still has a residence there, on an old farm, which is a good sanctuary for him and even better: his fitness training ground is right outside the door.


Welcome to the team, Hilmer and Patrick!


We have a great support with Patrick and Hilmer, but Inwatec keeps on growing! Could you be our next team extension? Apply here

A new Laundrynerd in our workshop

Nicolai Lund Christoffersen recently joined our team as a student worker and supports the project production in our workshop. He is mainly helping to assemble various machines, both electrical and mechanical components.

After his education as an electrician, Nicolai gained versatile professional experience in various fields such as industry, store renovation and in general service. He also spent several years working in a workshop in Norway, where he built control panels and container units for the oil industry. Since September, he is studying automation engineering at EAL, the ‘Erhvervsakademiet Lillebælt’ in Odense.

Nicolai is 27 years old, was born and raised in Odense and now lives with his girlfriend Nathalie, their little girl Ellie and their street dog from Spain, Cira, in their house in Odense. When he is not renovating his house, he likes to go spearfishing and playing pool in his spare time.

“I have heard of Inwatec from Simon and I already knew Henrik and Kasper from my work in the electrician industry,” explains Nicolai. “I’m really looking forward to working here with them and all the others and having them as my colleagues.”

We are happy to have you in our team, Nicolai. Welcome!


We are always looking for skilled workers like Nicolai. You can apply here.

Programming support for our project department

Meet Frederik, our newest team member in the project department. Frederik Nør Larsen is 22 years old and currently studying B.Sc. Robot Engineering in fifth semester at University of Southern Denmark. He supports our team with his skills in PLC programming as a student worker.

Frederik is from Assens, a town on the west side of Fyn, and moved to Odense in 2015 for his Bachelor’s studies. In his studies, he already gained experience in programming through various applied courses and now he is ready to use this knowledge for Inwatec.

“The most interesting thing about programming is to make things move”, Frederik explains. “You are writing a program and ultimately you can see that it is functioning on a machine.”

In addition to his full-time studies in Robot Engineering, Frederik aimed to expand his knowledge and therefore was motivated to find a relevant student job before doing his bachelor’s project next semester. “Many students finish their education, graduate after 5 years, and have zero job experience in their field of studies. For me, the student job at Inwatec is an awesome opportunity to get some practical and ‘real-life-experience’.”

Welcome, Frederik!


Are you a PLC programmer yourself? We are currently searching for an intern and also offer a full-time position. Contact us!

Three new Laundrynerds at Inwatec

We aim to offer highest quality solutions and machines for our customers. Therefore, we are always searching to expand our team with talents in all kinds of fields to provide the best performance. Currently, we employed three new laundrynerds in three different expert areas.

 

Salman Taj is a student of MSc. in Robot Systems Engineering at University of Southern Denmark in Odense and decided to take an in-company period as a part of his curriculum for his current 3rd semester. Salman explains: “In addition to studying in a classroom and being limited to university, I wanted to get into an industrial medium where I can enhance my empirical proficiency and build expertise by dealing with real world tasks and challenges”.

We met Salman on PPdag at SDU and now he is supporting our software team in both PLC and PC programming. “I really like the relaxed and cushy working environment and my assistive and friendly colleagues and superiors. I am very contented with the decision I made which resulted in getting into an ideal space where I can exhibit my dedication to learn and devise new solutions”, Salman further states about his first experiences at Inwatec.

 

Christina Søgaard is part of our team since the beginning of September. She is a design engineer and supports the project department by developing the machines, creating blueprints while especially focussing on the user centre design of our machines. Her goal is to create machine interfaces which allow a simple operation and are ergonomic to use as well. She graduated from her Bachelor’s studies in Engineering and Integrated Design at SDU in Odense in 2014 and worked as a design engineer since then.

“With my work experience at suppliers which mainly worked with metal, its laser cutting, bending, and welding, I know which machine concepts can be realised and produced and which need more development,” Christina explains. She likes most about the work at Inwatec, that she is part of the development phase from the very beginning, that every day is different and presents new challenges.

 

Nemanja Popovic Petersen is now a part of the growing team in Inwatec’s workshop, where the machines are assembled and tested before they ship to the customers. Nemanja comes from a large Funen company that supplies converters and air conditioners to the aircraft industry.

“It’s inspiring to be allowed to use my skills in another industry, and here I also get the opportunity to learn something new because there is a lot of development in the products.” Nemanja is a trained automotive engineer and truck mechanic, and he still has a weak point for refurbishing old cars and trucks when time permits.

 

Welcome Salman, Christina and Nemanja!


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Christina and Vanessa are now supporting our Marketing and Sales department

These two German girls are doing their full-time master’s studies at University of Southern Denmark in Odense and will now support our team in Marketing and Sales. Both have similar expectations of their time at Inwatec and will be working as an intern and as a student worker.

Christina, 23 years old, is studying a Master of Arts in ‘Business, Language and Culture (cand.negot)’, focusing on International Communication Management. As part of her studies, she chose to do an internship for one semester at Inwatec to be able to apply the knowledge she gained in her studies in a corporate environment.

“To me, an internship is a great chance to gain working experience already during my studies and I am very happy that I can do that in an innovative company like Inwatec” explained Christina, who already did an internship in marketing during her bachelor degree.

After an interesting discussion at KarriereDagene in Odense, 23-year-old Vanessa now joined us as a student worker in the Marketing and Sales department. She is from the very south of Germany and currently studying a Master in Product Development and Innovation.

“Next to the theory in my studies I wanted to get some real life experience. I am really looking forward to have an insight in the danish working environment while gaining knowledge in the industrial laundry business,” illustrated Vanessa.

Welcome to our newest laundry nerds!


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Inwatec gears up the management team

On August 1, Inwatec has employed 39-year-old Jørgen Jensen as Chief Operating Officer in the effort to keep up with the current success – and to enhance growth as planned.

Jørgen Jensen comes from a position as Head of Industry & Foods at Frontmatec A/S, one of Inwatec’s suppliers and therefore he already has insight into Inwatec’s product line for the international laundry industry. His primary focus as COO at Inwatec will be to ensure that daily operations are running efficiently.

“Given the development of recent years, we also need to upscale the management, and Jørgen gets an important position in that regard. He is a trained engineer and has worked as a software programmer before turning the management way. Consequently, he has a good understanding of all the tasks in an organisation like ours,” says CEO Mads Andresen, who himself looks forward to focusing even more on the technological development.

Mads Andresen concludes that the structure of Inwatec should remain as flat as possible, to maintain the direct way from idea to action, and that is one of the reasons why the new COO is pleased to be a part of the team.

“Inwatec has gone from 2 to 25 men in a few years. It is evident that if we stick to the plan and expand even further, there is an increased need to hold onto the leashes to ensure everyone does what they do best. And of course we have to do that in a way where we continue to be a very innovative and agile company,” says Jørgen Jensen, who has management experience from a company with more than 40 employees.

“My strength is that I have extensive experience in executing many parallel projects and at the same time ripening the organisation in a way where employees get the best framework for developing. I have followed Inwatec’s development as a supplier, and I look forward to being part of a company that focuses so much on the innovative robot- and automation solutions. Inwatec has vast ambitions and, in my belief, potential is also enormous and it suits my nature well,” says Jørgen Jensen, a resident of Kolding, together with his wife and the couple’s two children in 2 and 5 years.

Strong support by our new trainee & Ph.D. Graduate

Trainees are important as employees

As an international company, it requires more than just engineers to run the business. An efficient marketing strategy and well-organised supply chain management provide the perfect foundation for running a firm. 

Especially in our fast expanding business, it is beneficial to structure the process to take more projects and to perform well. 

Thomas Jorgensen became part of our team since the beginning of this year and contributes his knowledge as an intern into our business. 

“I am committed to doing my best in supporting Inwatec to achieve their goals and help to develop the company. I choose Inwatec because it is a promising career opportunity for me. I can use my knowledge in store managing and work on building a strong supply chain for a better business performance.” tells Thomas Jorgensen, our new laundry nerd, with whom our clients will surely get into contact as soon as possible. 

Thomas worked already six years with four different storehouses as a store manager. Currently, he is finishing his Engineering Degree at SDU. After his internship at Inwatec, it is already settled to write the master thesis in cooperation with Inwatec. 

Working with a Ph.D. at Inwatec? Yes, that is possible.

Full employees, interns, and students workers are part of our growing Inwatec team. Now we are happy to announce to have a Ph.D. graduate supporting the team.

Since February the 20th we got a new Software Engineer, Lilita Kiforenko. Lilita is originally from Latvia and passed her Master of Science in Robot System Engineering and completed her Ph.D. in Robotics at the University of Southern Denmark.

“After years of studying, I wanted to experience real life innovation and how to conduct program solutions. So after my Ph.D. at SDU, I was ambitious to find a company which allows me to use my theoretical knowledge and contribute to a significant development in real life and not just on research papers,” said Lilita Kiforenko, who lives now already for six years in Denmark. 

Lilita focused her Ph.D. on the detection and to pose estimation of rigid objects using 3D information.

“For us, it is a new experience as well to have someone with a Ph.D. conclusion. The broad theoretical knowledge provides a thorough understanding of the frameworks on which we build on our innovations. Someone who has in-depth knowledge of past developments and processes and current trends might help us to improve our overall performance and of our customers,” said Mads Andresen, CEO of Inwatec.

“I am very excited to work with a more practical-oriented team and not just to focus on the theory. I expect to work on exciting projects and to realize problem solutions. So far, Inwatec is providing me these opportunities. It is great to see how the team is working together,” added Lilita, our new laundry nerd.