Interview with Florian Lemm

1. Please introduce yourself shortly!
I am interested in craftwork and that motivated me to take up an apprenticeship in mechanical engineering. The assembly of the production lines in the company and their commissioning on the customer's site triggered my interest to gain more background knowledge. This interest then caused me to study mechanical engineering with the focus on energy and production line systems, for which I first needed to achieve the entrance standard.

2. How did KROENERT get onto your radar?
When I was looking for a company in plant engineering where I could do my practical term followed by the Bachelor theses at the end of my program, I found KROENERT via their website.

3. What did you find attractive about KROENERT?
Special plant engineering is essentially very interesting. Already in the job interview, KROENERT's company mission statement became apparent. KROENERT offers production lines and problem solutions for most different process engineering applications. The diversity of process engineering and the endeavour to continue these by development projects attracted me.

4. Tell us more about your career at KROENERT.
I started in February 2015 with a practical semester in the Technology Center. I got to know handling the plants and gain first experience in daily operation. Then I wrote my Bachelor thesis in the development project of drying technology. Within this projects, we successfully examined the efficiency of several convection dryers under different plant parameters. After passing my exam, I got the chance to start as process engineer in the Technology Center. That made me very happy!

5. What are your aims as process engineer?
Because of the high quality demands in process engineering and because of the future-based development in this field, the Technology Center has an indispensable position in the company. Thus is it my aim to participate in this development of process engineering within the scope of development projects. Furthermore, there are demands in daily operation, in the cooperation with customers and in the developement of their final product.

6. What does that mean precisely?
This means that the trial runs by the customer and the process engineering which contains the best coating procedure and the corresponding production line parameters must be designed and prepared to the optimum. Primarily it is naturally important to develop the final products for the customer, secondarily it is also indispensable to determine the most important findings and knowledge out of these trials and data in order to use that for future tasks. As mentioned before, development projects are targeted to be able to use newest technologies in process engineering and to be one step ahead to the competitors.

7. In your opinion, what it is that makes a process engineer?
A good process engineer should approach the task systematically. In order to support the found solutions and the sound results, it is important o have considered all possible aspects beforehand which again supports the concept of systematic work.

Furthermore, once should question almost everything and not take anything for granted, because only that enables us to learn more. Another basic issue which comes into effect, also and especially here in process engineering, is to make the connection between theory and practical work. This property is of particular importance in development.

I think I listed some issues and properties that a good process engineer should provide.

8. What drives you every day?
Firstly, the daily operation and the most different requirements by the customers make the work very diverse and therefore always interesting. I feel motivated to take up these problems and challenges and to work towards suitable solutions. And the experience from the contact with the production line and new insights gained from evaluations and from discussions with colleagues and managers, these are things I enjoy in my daily work.

9. What is your motto in life?
I do not have a real motto. However, I would like to quote Marcus Tullius Cicero (106 - 43 BC), a Roman speaker and statesman: „Never start stopping, never stop starting“. There are so many options to expand one's own horizon, but that also means one has to think outside the box and be open for new things that can bring you further.