Kilian started his industrial-mechanics training at the Regensburg-based company for which his father, uncle and brother were also working. This was swiftly followed by an advanced training course done in his spare time to qualify as a mechanical-engineering technician, which reflected his urge to grow in his professional field. So when he found the Facebook job ad that read “Wanted: tinkerer with passport”, the timing was perfect. It paved Kilian’s way into a service-technician career at Krones. The group has been ever-present for the 34-year-old who was born in Neutraubling. “Even though I do not exactly work in Neutraubling these days but travel the whole world, it still feels good to think my company’s main base is in my home town,” says Kilian.
Over the years, Kilian has specialised in filling technology, with aseptic lines as his primary remit. Commissioning them after they have been installed at the customer’s premises is his main task. Occasionally, he performs overhauls as well.
This means he does not usually arrive on site until after the line has been erected. Once an electrician colleague has switched on the machine for the first time and checked it for electrical faults, the next steps in the commissioning routine are to check the machine’s correct installation and pneumatic connections and to make sure its mechanical details are all okay.
When everything is spot-on, production is green-lighted and the first bottles are made and filled. What is important in this context is to unconditionally comply with the stringent stipulations for product quality and to achieve the performance level specified for the machine. Logically enough that means minimising line standstills.
The commissioning process is completed by an acceptance test performed together with the customer, the contents of which will vary from machine to machine and have been contractually agreed beforehand. If the line meets all the quality and performance parameters specified, the acceptance test is deemed successfully passed and signed by the customer. In the best case, it is directly passed and the line handed over to the local operating staff straight away. For Kilian, that means saying farewell and preparing for his next trip – either actually back home to Neutraubling or directly on to his new assignment.