“I am particularly excited about electro mobility.”
Since February Thomas Peters (39) is the new Head of Application Sales at KEB Automation. Here he gives a first impression about his start and what his focus will be.
Very good. I've been working at KEB for 12 years. That's why I know that the company and my team are well positioned. Our strengths lie especially in the close cooperation with the customers and the great understanding for sophisticated technology. But there is also a clear task: In the future we want to position ourselves even more strongly as a provider of individual complete solutions.
We also want to be the competent partner in the field of automation, supplying not only good components but also optimal solutions. That is why we are expanding the application areas of CNC and servo pumps. In the future, we will offer complete packages here, both from the necessary components – such as coordinated drives and motors – but also the necessary software with application-specific solutions.
We have invested a lot of time and energy in a drive solution with encoderless safety functions. I was still working on it back then as a product manager. In the woodworking industry, for example, our F6 PRO provides many functions even without an external encoder compared to previous applications with classic, safe encoder feedback. This enables our customers to implement even simpler and more flexible machine concepts.
I am particularly excited about electric mobility. It's a fast-growing market, and there's no stopping this trend. So I'm naturally pleased that we got involved in this topic relatively early on through a research project. For me personally, this area is still new and I am thrilled to see how this project has now become a series product. This modular inverter, our COMBIVERT T6, drives auxiliary units and auxiliary drives in buses or agricultural and municipal commercial vehicles, for example.
At the moment, of course, the primary concern is to manage the effects of the Corona crisis in the best possible way. In addition to the influences on our daily work, we must also master the challenge of continuing to supply important industries with our products. For example, our products are used in food production and intralogistics as well as in the manufacture of medical goods. In addition, the focus is naturally also on digital change and the orientation towards an increasingly digitalized market. I am already looking forward to tackling these challenges together with my team.
Interview by Daniel Kappmeyer.
After studying electrical engineering in Lemgo, East Westphalia, Thomas Peters (39) first worked in the field of PLC programming for intralogistics systems. Since 2007 he was part of the application team at KEB Automation, responsible for material handling. In 2016 he changed to the Product Management Drives. In his new position he succeeds Helmut Fichtner, who expanded and managed the application sales at KEB for more than 30 years.