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Krones Experts’ Dialogue goes into the second round


Clients learn from clients – that would be a succinct summary of the Krones Experts’ Dialogue. It was in 2010 that this out-of-the-ordinary event was inaugurated as an experiment, and by 2012 it’s already well on the way to becoming a fixed item in the appointment diaries. Indeed, after an exciting second round, hosts and guests all concurred: this series definitely has to be continued!

Around 40 guests from 30 different Krones clients came to Neutraubling in mid-September, to exchange news and views on current trends and challenges in the sector. The Krones Academy and our Life-Cycle Service acted as hosts for this two-day event, and made sure that their guests enjoyed themselves throughout, from the airport transfer to the evening get-together in Regensburg’s picturesque city centre. As far as the substantive content was concerned, though, the hosts kept a deliberately low profile. “The Experts’ Dialogue is not a publicity or sales event”, explains Dr. Jörg Puma, Director of the Krones Academy. “What we’re really aiming to do is create a forum where people can get together to discuss topical issues and search for the relevant solutions.” For this reason, it was primarily the clients who did the talking in the presentations and discussions. They shared their experiences with new requirements, mapped out solutional strategies for upgrading efficiency, and reported on success stories from their own companies. The conferees were particularly enthusiastic about the enormous practical relevance of the topics involved, and took a very proactive part in the subsequent animated discussions.

Brewery experts, for example, reported on how they are meeting the growing challenges encountered in the field of energy management with the aid of new IT systems, how they tap into savings potentials using meticulous analyses of energy and media flows, and also assessed new alternative energy sources in terms of their practical viability. During a tour of the plant, Krones adduced some specific examples showing the results achievable with Total Productive Management (TPM). Here, too, the focus was on mutual feedback of empirical insights.

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