Mechanical engineering congress

Mechanical and plant engineering in transition
November 6th 2018, at SEW-EURODRIVE in Bruchsal

From decision-makers
for decision-makers

Experience benchmark examples, experience reports, stumbling blocks, lessons learned and success stories from decision-makers.

Get-together and Networking

in the DRIVE ACADEMY of SEW-EURODRIVE in Graben-Neudorf


Learn. Act. Experience. See.

Experience an outstanding mix of...

  • lectures – true to the motto of "from decision-makers for decision-makers"

  • workshops

  • inspection of the presentation factory of SEW-EURODRIVE in Graben-Neudorf

  • intense exchange and networking

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Decision-makers from mechanical and plant engineering present benchmark examples from their organizations with experience reports, stumbling blocks, lessons learned and success stories. Profit from their experiences on your way to best performance and find fresh inspiration – even your company can still improve!

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Until 08.30Arrival, registration and welcome coffee
Moderator Ulrich P. Hermani | Senior Advisor | STAUFEN.
08.35Opening of the conference and welcome by the hosts
Martin Haas | CEO | STAUFEN.
Johann Soder | COO, Chief Operating Officer | SEW-EURODRIVE
08.45Successful corporate transformation through leadership and cultural change
Wilhelm Goschy | Member of the Board | STAUFEN.
09.10Data as fuel for growth at Heidelberger Druckmaschinen
Rainer Hundsdörfer | Chief Executive Officer| Heidelberger Druckmaschinen
09.50Coffee break and networking.
10.10Smart products and predictive maintenance
Johann Soder | COO, Chief Operating Officer | SEW-EURODRIVE
11.10Visit of showcase factory in Graben-Neudorf
incl. bus transfer
13.00Lunch break.
14.00Lean Transformation at Herrmann Ultraschall - holistically lean with ULTRALEAN
Thomas Herrmann | Chief Executive Officer, CEO | Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik
14.40Leadership as a driving force for successful lean transformation
Dr. Tim Nikolaou | Managing Director COO | Oskar Frech
15.20Coffee break and networking.
15.45Parallel workshops for successful practice transfer - the choice is yours!
17.00Global Lean Transformation - Balluff's approach
Florian Hermle | Managing Director Technology, Marketing and Sales | Balluff
17.40Successful implementation of growth strategy in the service sector
Paul Buschle | Member of the Executive Board and Head of Service | CHIRON Werke
18.20Summary of the day and end of the official part.
from 18.30Get-together and networking at the Drive Academy of SEW-EURODRIVE.


Parallel Workshops in the afternoon

You have the choice from 15.45 - 17.00!

Choose one of four workshops on the registration.  

More Information about the Workshops

Visit of SEW showcase factory in Graben-Neudorf

von 11.10 - 13.00 Uhr

You visit the SEW-EURODRIVE showcase factory in Graben-Neudorf and experience "Digitization Live!" See for yourself live and on site during day-to-day operations what results can be achieved with a consistent implementation strategy for digitized processes in production and discuss success factors and obstacles with your host.


Let us inspire you!

Look forward to interesting lectures from decision makers from SEW-EURODRIVE, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen, CHIRON Werke, Balluff, Oskar Frech, Herrmann Ultraschalltechnik.


Organizer and exhibitors of the congress.
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SEW-EURODRIVE is an internationally successful family-owned enterprise with about 16,500 employees and with a turnover of circa 2.714 billion Euros for 2015. As one of the leading enterprises in drive engineering, SEW-EURODRIVE is a motor of progress and keeps the world moving every day with its drive motors and frequency converters, servo drive systems, local drive systems and industrial gear mechanisms.

St. Galler Business School

The St. Gallen Business School (SGBS) is one of the largest and most renowned management seminar providers in the German-speaking world. As a privately organized, independent and neutral institution, 90 highly qualified speakers and trainers train more than 3000 leading personalities from business and administration each year.

Highly qualified participants are to be taught the latest findings from research and teaching in a very practical and thus clear, translatable form. The St. Gallen management concept allows the diversity of business knowledge to be divided into modularly structured units without losing the overall overview.

Staufen AG

Inside every company is an even better one. This is the conviction which Staufen has applied in consulting and training companies and employees around the world for over twenty years. Markets are in motion, and competitive pressure is massive. Staufen helps you implement the appropriate changes quickly, increase productivity, improve quality and optimize innovative strength.
International Lean Management Consulting provides the right strategies and methods to create rapid and measurable successes. To leverage the potential that exists in every company, Staufen’s consultants work with managers and employees to achieve a dynamic and sustainable culture of change. The Staufen subsidiary Staufen Digital Neonex assists mid-sized manufacturing companies along their path towards digital transformation. The Staufen Academy also offers certified hands-on training programs.
Staufen has over 280 employees who serve clients all over the world. In 2017, Staufen won the "brand eins Wissen" award for Best Consultant for the fourth time in a row. According to the highly regarded industry study Hidden Champions 2018, the company was named Germany's best Lean management consultant, and the economic magazine "Wirtschaftswoche" has awarded it the "Best of Consulting" prize numerous times.


STAUFEN.DIGITAL NEONEX is THE consulting and qualification company for the Digital Transformation of the industry and B2B companies with a focus on Digital Strategy, Digital Portfolio, Smart Factory and Data Science.

As a subsidiary of STAUFEN. AG, STAUFEN.DIGITAL offer its customers an accustomed pragmatic approach to actively shaping their Digital Transformation and the resulting change. At the same time, they qualify companies, their management and employees, as well as the entire organization to meet the challenges of a digitalized economy within the Digital Transformation Academy. Together with STAUFEN.DIGITAL, set off for top performance!


ValueStreamer® serves as a control tool for the simple and efficient management of your entire project environment. ValueStreamer®, the virtual Shop Floor Management tool, permits efficient top-down and bottom-up information in complex processes. In that way, this leadership tool allows management a drill-down across all levels.

ValueStreamer® is based on the Shop Floor Management system and virtualizes this methodology by the latest cloud technologies. Through optimum visualization, ValueStreamer® thus makes it possible to use this methodology particularly in decentralized projects and processes. This results in the transparent visualization of project status, performance indicators and required actions. Employees have clear access to all tasks at all times, and managers can identify the need for action at a glance.

Our congress is a multi-facetted discussion platform featuring Lean pioneers, innovators and sources of inspiration. Take advantage of our sponsoring and exhibition offers at the congress.

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  • SEW-EURODRIVE in Bruchsal

    Ernst-Blickle-Straße 42
    76646 Bruchsal

    Kontakt Staufen.AG

    Phone: +49 7024 8056 0
    Fax: +49 7024 8056 111