The freedom to think long term.
THE STRENGTH TO OPERATE FLEXIBLY.
LIVING A COOPERATIVE CULTURE.
"We continue to develop our system and product world as well as our work environment."Sina Seebach
IT Project Manager
“We have succeeded in continuously improving all our processes.”Mrs. Katrin Fricke
Operations Director at Diehl Controls
"When a passenger feels comfortable onboard an aircraft, he will come back-"Dirk-Achim Schevardo
Business Development Manager for Cabin Systems
smartOffice at Diehl Metering
Companies deal differently with the requirements of the digital world. "We do not want to participate half-heartedly in digitization but take advantage of the opportunity," Sina Seebach says. "Our products as well as our workplaces are to reflect digital transformation."
Harmonization of the IT world is the first of many necessary steps. "Future-oriented ideas require modern IT tools which our employees like to use," the project manager declares. "The new, standardized working world enables us to ensure internal cooperation but also communication with customers and partners worldwide."
When energy providers read off smart meters in households today, this is in many cases done precisely by automatic meter reading. The measurement results can then be called up from a system platform and processed further.
Automatic meter reading
Diehl Metering Poland shows how it works:
"Four our customers, we want to be a system supplier. We not only offer products but comprehensive solutions where products and services complement each other." Sina Seebach explains.
"The energy consumption of an accommodation unit or a city district can thus be determined precisely and optimized. Smart metering, the smart use of energy, helps our customers to make better use of energy. Climate also benefits from that," Sina Seebach adds.
Smart cities will in the future be supplied with water, heat, gas and electricity via interconnected consumption meters providing smart measurement and control. With digital and secure solutions from Diehl Metering, energy supply is ready for the Internet of Things.
Factory of the year – fully automatic, highly efficient and flexible
In October 2015, the Wangen location of Diehl Controls was chosen as the overall winner of the renowned industry benchmark contest: "Factory of the Year/Global Excellence in Operations (GEO)".*
Optimization of circuit-board assembly in every respect was decisive for the jury's decision. The fully automated assembly line comprises 72 modules over a length of 86 meters. It is operated by four employees per shift with an annual output of 1.2 million circuit boards. The facilities are monitored by cameras, the results are collected digitally.
On this basis, Diehl Controls Wangen achieved impressive dynamic improvements between 2011 and 2014: the finished-product volume rose by 10 percent and the value generated increased by 95 percent whereas power consumption dropped by 13 percent.
"From development to supply chain to production, we have succeeded in continously improving all processes and increasing the level of automation. With this approach, we are able to meet global competition," says Katrin Franke, Operations Director Electronics at Diehl Controls.
Factory of the year 2015
The Factory of the Year Award/Global Excellence in Operations (GEO) is the most tradition-steeped and challenging benchmark competition for the manufacturing industry in Germany and Europe.
*Award granted jointly by the "Produktion" magazine and the management consultancy firm AT Kearney.
Light Verification Center
The Light Verification Center of Diehl Aviation has a floor space of more than 1000 sq m. It is the largest facility of its kind in Germany where the effect of light in aircraft cabins is tested. Passengers are to constantly feel comfortable during up to 18 hours of flight. "Cabin lighting is of great importance for a person's biological clock, and the service crew uses lighting to structure the flight phases. That means for us: every flight phase must have appropriate cabin lighting," Dirk-Achim Schevardo explains.
Depending on the respective cultural origin, light is perceived in different ways and so we adapt it to the airline’s wishes: "Scandinavian airlines like warm, bright light; in the Asian region, cooler, bluish light is preferred" Schevardo describes the different tastes. In this context, the surfaces reflecting the light are decisive. "We try to "paint by light": that means all surfaces should be illuminated evenly."
In top-of-the-range aircraft construction, designers use select materials and want to stage them appropriately. Dirk-Achim Schevardo remembers a customer who wanted to accentuate a particular kind of wood veneer: "However, dark wood absorbs a huge amount of light and thus requires a specially adjusted light source. We see ourselves as a link between engineers, designers, marketing experts and businessmen. This is of particular importance if the customer cannot describe his problem in detail."
Aircraft Projection System
Diehl Aviation regularly shows at exhibitions what is possible in aircraft cabins:
Diehl Aviation is known as a supplier with highest quality standards. This is what matters in our sector: “It is important to us that lights can be replaced rapidly and our high quality standards ensure a low failure rate. Nevertheless, we want to sell the light effects in the cabin, not the technology as such or individual lamps. The amount of effort we spend on that guarantees the best results for our customers.”
In order to show the multiple effects of light in the cabin, our employees check the customer's requirements in detail: "Light can make flying an experience again. We offer design workshops to show what is possible. In the cabin roof or in a light dome, we make emerge a starry sky, the airline's logo or duty-free products.
The success of Diehl Aviation proves us right: “All Airbus aircraft and almost the entire Boeing aircraft family are equipped with Diehl lighting systems,” Dirk-Achim Schevardo proudly states.
- Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Dirk-Achim SchevardoManager Business Development Cabin Systems
- Diehl Aviation Donaustraße 120 90451 Nürnberg