Our performance diversity & our product range live on siteThis year, from 8 to 10 November 2022, we were again live and in person on site in Nuremberg for the second time after the Embedded World. In Hall 6, we showed visitors an excerpt of our customer-specific developments in the field of industry and automation and held many exciting discussions about their challenges and projects. Our colleagues from sales and product management were happy to advise them – a first step towards realising new ideas, solutions and products together. As a highlight, we presented our own development “E-Butler”, which offers a deep insight into our product range and our performance diversity, united in a single device and could be tried out on site. We would like to sincerely thank all visitors for their interest and the mutual exchange! Photos and booth concept: MeRaum
"Customer needs continue to develop even in the crisis"Under this headline an article about us has been published in the „Encouragement“ column of Elektronik Praxis: “Since 2019 Hendrik Niemann and Hannes Collenburg have been managing the fate of the Elektrosil Group. Both are convinced to question the existing situation and to overcome the crisis with sensible investments and developments. Since 1983 Elektrosil stands for products from the large electronics sector. After more than 36 years a new generation is leading the group of companies into the next decades. And right at the beginning of this period, an unprecedented challenge takes place with the crisis in 2020. Fear of the future? Not at all! "Innovations are the motor out of the crisis", both Hendrik Niemann and Hannes Collenburg are convinced of this.” Read the whole article here (in German)
Production in Hamburg put into operationIn August, our new production site here in Hamburg successfully passed its first baptism of fire during an audit for a leading car manufacturer. An A rating in the initial audit is no small matter. Only 6 months ago it was only a rough sketch on paper. Together we have achieved that we have a production line at our site in Hamburg that has been positively audited by a German car company and that we are now formally a producer, not a dealer. This is a great achievement on the part of everyone involved and shows us as a company what we can achieve if we prioritise correctly, define a clear goal and all employees implement it consistently.
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Change of Generations at ELEKTROSIL
Management of ELEKTROSIL arranges company successionAfter more than 36 years, a new generation is leading the future of ELEKTROSIL: The two long-time employees Hendrik Niemann, former head of automotive, and Hannes Collenburg, former commercial leader, have taken over the company shares within the scope of a management buy-out from Manfredo Mirabella-Greco, Eduard Lucke as well as Ralf Häußler. Niemann and Collenburg also have taken over the company’s management. Ralf Häußler will remain with the company as sales manager, while the other two shareholders will be available as external consultants in the future. From distributor to development partner Manfredo Mirabella-Greco had started ELEKTROSIL in the late 1970s and founded it as a limited company in 1983 as ELEKTROSIL Systeme der Elektronik GmbH. Thanks to his instinct for innovation, a flourishing distributor of electronic system components developed under his leadership. In 1992 his visionary foresight led to a change of course in the company's DNA: With Eduard Lucke, Mirabella-Greco brought in the engineering expertise and passion that ELEKTROSIL needed for further diversification of the product areas as well as the trend-setting transition to a developer and producer. From then on, Lucke and Mirabella-Greco jointly managed the company as partners and managing directors. Today ELEKTROSIL designs electronic and electromechanical applications, assemblies and systems for numerous product areas and industries on the basis of interdisciplinary engineering. In this area, the company positions itself as one of the leading partners for mass production and as a gateway to Asia for development-driven innovative companies. The 2018 financial year has been the most successful in the company's history, with sales in excess of EUR 40 million. Continuity in succession With Hendrik Niemann and Hannes Collenburg, the company is now being run by two senior employees, continuing the tradition of technical and commercial co-management. Hendrik Niemann, an industry expert, has been in charge of the Automotive division since 2006 and played a key role in its establishment and development. Hannes Collenburg had started as a strategic consultant at ELEKTROSIL in 2009 and decided to join ELEKTROSIL as commercial manager at the end of 2015. Mirabella-Greco, Lucke and Häußler have full confidence in their successors: “We are happy to be able to pass on ELEKTROSIL to long-standing employees from the management circle. We are confident and believe in the success of the two new shareholders. To quote Mr Collenburg: “We are all very close, a family if you will!” Continuity for partners and customers With a lot of appreciation and gratitude, the previous and new management team turn to the employees, partners and customers: “They have made ELEKTROSIL what it is today. Little will change for them: Mr. Häußler remains sales manager, all contact persons remain unchanged and “ELEKTROSIL Systeme der Elektronik GmbH” will become “ELEKTROSIL GmbH”. “The former shareholders have turned ELEKTROSIL into a brand, the name stands for itself," said Niemann and Collenburg. “That's why we find the subtle change in name very fitting. We want to consistently continue with the brand concept and grow further as a development partner for the industry. We will start the new era with a well-filled order book and many ideas to shape the future together and innovatively with our team, partners and customers.”
Fairplay Prize for the Elektrosil KickersAt the end of April it was time again: Our Elektrosil Kickers took part in the Hamburg Business Cup, one of the biggest indoor company tournaments in Germany. The Kleinfeld tournament takes place under professional conditions, with tournament organisation, DFB association referee, moderator, paramedics and a photo and video team. In every tournament there are a lot of fun and motivation, cup awards, place 1-4, fair play, special prize, best goalkeeper, player and goal scorer. Although our kickers only made it to the round of sixteen, they still brought a trophy back to the company: the Fairplay Prize. Congratulations! (Follow this link to the Business Cup web site.)
Press: “Feel-good zone on four wheels”(This is an article in German by Clemens Gerlach from “Hamburger Wirtschaft”, published in issue 11/2018, http://hamburger-wirtschaft.de/pdf/112018/42/index.html#zoom=z) Elektrosil has already developed many innovations in the automotive sector. With the new automatic climate control seat, a patent has now been granted to make driving even more comfortable and energy-saving. Without his developers, Hendrik Niemann is in the lurch. “The colleagues are really inventive,” says the 40-year-old, who heads the Automotive division at Elektrosil Systeme der Elektronik GmbH. “I keep wondering what they can think of.” One of the resourceful inventors was even a supporter of an edition of the ZDF cult show “Wetter, dass...”. With bow and arrow a modern Robin Hood shot at slices of bread which were thrown up from a toaster high into the hall ceiling by the Elektrosil technician. Niemann's soft spot is patents. At the end of May his 18th since 2013 was published, he had submitted it in November two years ago. The Innovation and Patent Center (IPC) in the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce named it Patent of the Month. “The invention concerns a process for air-conditioning a residential area of a person with an air-conditioning module,” says the official patent application. Niemann puts it like this: “We want the driver to feel as comfortable as possible in his or her seat.” The feel-good and comfort zone on four wheels. “I enjoy filing patents. I like to broaden my horizons and create something new,” said the industrial engineer. However, Niemann does not approach his work with the firm intention of making an invention: “I observe for a long time, talk to colleagues. But in the end, it's based on me having a flash of inspiration overnight.” For twelve years, Niemann has been working for the 125-strong Hamburg-Altona based group of companies, which is very active in medical technology and vending machines. Recently Elektrosil grew strongly in the automotive sector. 40 percent of the total turnover is generated by the medium-sized company founded in 1977 and still owner-managed - and the trend is rising. Customers for products such as fans, control parts and displays include Volkswagen, BMW and Daimler. Niemann previously worked for EBM-Papst, the German market leader for fans. Making cars better is his passion. But engine power and speed are of little interest to Niemann. “200 horsepower won't do you any good if you're stuck in traffic.” The goal of the native Lüneburger, who was first product manager for fans and ventilators at Elektrosil, is an intelligent and networked vehicle. Its automatic climate seat, for which a worldwide patent has been applied, helps to master the challenge. “The whole car is no longer air-conditioned, but a climate cocoon is created for the driver or passenger,” explains Niemann. An air film generated by the module flows around the passenger. “Because sitting comfort is an essential point,” Niemann knows. And when do you sit well? “If you don't notice anything.” Without pressure marks, sweating or neck tension. The system, which is controlled by temperature and humidity sensors, detects when the passengers want heat and cold to be brought in according to their wishes. Colleagues from the development and design departments supported Niemann in the implementation. “The system built into the seat permanently adjusts to the driver's needs without having to readjust,” Niemann said. Get in, choose your own comfort zone, and the technology does the rest. This is a novelty and the invention is also price-competitive. “We couldn't develop anything on a blue haze,” Niemann said. According to his calculations, the new technology saves almost 30 percent energy due to its efficiency. This is particularly important for electric and hybrid vehicles, as it increases their range. “Combustion engines will continue to exist,” says Niemann, “but the future belongs to electric propulsion.” However, it will take some time before the Elektrosil invention can be found in the cars of the major manufacturers. “I'm counting on it for 2025,” Niemann says. “It takes so long to develop new cars because of lead times.” But then customers can enjoy real comfort and a comfortable on-board climate. “The semi-autonomous driving brings many freedoms”, Niemann promises, “you can for example read while driving, watch movies, sleep, do something else that gives you pleasure”. Rotatable seats will often be represented in the models. But Niemann is not satisfied with this, he is already thinking about further innovations. Battery cooling, for example, or ventilation of fuel cells in electrically powered vehicles. “I'm motivated by the upheaval,” he says. “I'll keep looking at which things can be recombined.” (Clemens Gerlach, Hamburger Wirtschaft, Issue 11/2018, Trends, Pages 42/43, http://hamburger-wirtschaft.de/pdf/112018/42/index.html#zoom=z)
Elektrosil at Embedded World 2019For the third time Elektrosil took part at Embedded World this year and introduced itself with its subsidiary MCS Micronic Computersystem as a powerful development partner. The trade fair, which this year was held under the motto "Embedded Intelligence", counted around 31,000 trade visitors, the second best visitor result since the trade fair was held, and 1,117 companies from all over the world visited the Nuremberg Exhibition Center on an exhibition area that had grown by eight percent. At the booth, visitors had the opportunity to learn more about the interdisciplinary possibilities of the Elektrosil Group and to show the performance spectrum of our hardware and software developments, the production depths as well as development results and products for some applications: Access control, controllers, human-machine interfaces and cooling solutions. The portfolio ranged from touch and display to thermal printers, cooling and power supply to embedded and connectivity solutions. Employees from both companies demonstrated solution-oriented engineering on site using selected exhibits and in personal discussions.
Charging station for e-mobile put into operation on company premisesAfter receiving one of 50 e-Golfs as part of the “Electro mobility - Hamburg drives with green energy” campaign a year ago, we now have our own charging station on our premises in Altona. The charging station also contains controller units from the development of our Berlin subsidiary MCS, which has acquired special know-how in this area. The latest development from MCS is the Automatic Phase Switch (APUM) for decentralised charging points, which automatically manages the network load and thus ensures sufficient charging capacity and more network stability and also eliminates the need for infrastructure investments in the billions.
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InnoTrans Berlin is the international trade fair for transport technology, innovative components for vehicles and systems.More than 2,700 exhibitors from 50 countries present their products and new developments at the industry's leading trade fair for transport technology at the Exhibition Centre at the Radio Tower. We presented ourselves for the first time together with our subsidiary MCS MICRONIC Computer Systeme GmbH, which has been represented at InnoTrans for many years. In the environment of this fair we showed mainly development results and products for the following applications:
- Access and access control
- 18–24 W
- Output voltages: 5,12,15 and 24 VDC
- High working temperature range: -25 to +70°C
- TÜV tested according to the household appliance standard EN60335
- IP65 protected
- Class II Design
- No load power consumption < 0,1 W
- Efficiency > 84 %