In an interview with K-MAG, Oliver Fuss talks about how exciting, future-proof and diverse the plastics industry is, as well as what a stroke of luck the wide range of training offered by Arburg was for him.
Mr. Fuss, why did you decide on a technical profession and specifically training as a mechatronics engineer?
Oliver Fuss: I generally have a great interest in technology - especially when it comes to electrical things. But mechanical skills are just as important. In this profession, both can be combined: electrical and mechanical skills.
Why did you do a second apprenticeship, as a process mechanic for plastics and rubber technology?
Fuss: Thanks to the additional training, I can also draw on knowledge of the injection molding process - that benefits me myself, but of course it benefits Arburg just as much. You only have one employee who brings electrical, mechanical and process engineering skills. For me, the turnkey business is an exciting area with future potential, as the topic of automation is becoming increasingly important in general and also at Arburg. Turnkey plants in particular require broad knowledge in both mechatronics and process engineering. Thanks to my background, it is easier for me to understand complex plants and to address any problems that may arise – whether during acceptance in Lossburg or during commissioning at the customer's site. The big plus of my "dual training": I can and am allowed to make changes to the electrical wiring, process special signals on the customer's side, and also optimize processes, since I am trained in all of these areas. As a mechatronics engineer, it is quite easy for me to program a signal exchange, for example between an injection molding machine and a robotic system. Since such complex systems are being ordered more and more frequently by customers and the turnkey business is growing dynamically, training must also be tailored to these increased requirements.