Everyone is running at Olympiapark

Our ACONEXT Munich team floored it yesterday at Munich’s Olympiapark. 13 top-fit ACONEXT colleagues, wearing their white ACONEXT running shirts, were among the 30,000 runners achieving fantastic times amid the best weather. All of them completed the good 6 km-long route with flying colours.

Fun was of course at the centre of everything at the big circuit in the Olympiapark, the finish line through the big marathon gate was an absolute highlight for every running enthusiast and, after they crossed the finish line, the team cohesion was clearly tangible and could be seen in the many satisfied faces.

We spontaneously transferred our “after-run” event to Munich’s Tollwood that was taking place at the same time, and saw out the wonderful summer evening with a few drinks and snacks.

We would like to thank everyone who was there and we are already looking forward to next year.
ACONEXT will definitely be there again!

In the areas of PLM and engineering IT, ACONEXT bundles the expertise, know-how and various methods that are necessary for successfully shaping the challenges of digital transformation in development. As an important and proven development partner, the young company based in Fellbach, Germany, was once again asked to give several presentations as speaker on many of the industry’s trend topics with a stand at the Daimler EDM CAE Forum, which will take place from 17 to 18 July 2019 in the ICS of Messe Stuttgart.

During the exhibition, the topic of “CAx/PDM methods to support VR in digital product development” will be presented at the ACONEXT stand using the use case “Creation of 3D master information in accordance with the methodical definition for components in interior and exterior areas”. Transparent methods, procedures, add-ons, as well as visualisation and testing options will be presented for this purpose. These are used by customers and service providers alike. Furthermore, ACONEXT will use a case study to show the methods and support possibilities for the digital implementation of a photo-realistic visualization of CAD models in the PDM system viewer. In particular, supplier integration will be demonstrated within the context of 3D master and VR data.

ACONEXT advises and supports its clients with services on strategic technology trends such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, algorithms, digital twins and intelligent apps. In the use case “Continuous product development process using a combination of 3D masters and real measured values as an example”, ACONEXT shows how VR boundary areas can be identified in order to carry out deviation analyses (target/actual comparison). The support and services of ACONEXT Stuttgart GmbH are shaped by a “passion for lifecycle”, with profound expertise along the entire product development process and a focus on digital transformation in engineering. For this purpose, interdisciplinary sections of the IT method for the modular product structure and tolerance management, including PMIs along the digital process chain, are presented.

“Intelligent Agent – I.A. in Engineering”

This is the headline of the radical and technologically modern approach to knowledge transfer that will be presented by the two speakers Marcus Klug (PLM Senior Professional) and Patrick Hofmann (Consultant and A.I. Architect) on 18 July at 2.30 p.m., during which artificial intelligence and business domain know-how are skilfully applied and individually tailored to the engineering user and his current work context.

This approach makes it possible to discover knowledge hidden in today’s application systems and make it available to the user in a targeted manner, e.g. during a system action. The approach supports the existing (2nd/3rd level) support organisation and a uniform 24×7 front-end, which is available to the (end) users, is presented by the “Intelligent Agent”. Among other things, automation/AI components can be used to optimise processes in the support organisation.

The two ACONEXT specialists will discuss this approach with interested visitors, using an example based on a current support requirement for 3D masters between the OEM and a supplier.

The speakers:

Patrick Hofmann, B.Sc. Computer Science, is a consultant, A.I. architect and project manager for chatbot development in the area of PLM/Engineering IT at ACONEXT Stuttgart GmbH. He has around 20 years of experience in software development. His focus is the application of artificial intelligence for the processing of image and speech data (NLP). He is currently working on neural networks and Deep Learning, Cognitive Search & Intelligence, LUIS and QnA Maker. He also heads the Microsoft Azure Guild of ACONEXT.

Marcus Klug is a PLM Senior Professional in the area of PLM/Engineering IT at ACONEXT Stuttgart GmbH. He has accompanied the digital transformation in the automotive sector for around 20 years in various roles. In recent years he has focused on consulting in the fields of modular product structures and parts lists, CAx, visualisation of 3D data, 3D masters, and the challenges of modern knowledge transfer. Among other things, he deals with the application of artificial intelligence in engineering. Marcus Klug also heads the training department at ACONEXT.

 

Daimler EDM CAE Forum:

https://edm-cae-forum.daimler.com/de/home/

For the fourth year in a row, the ACONEXT Group was placed in the “Top Employer – Engineers” category by the internationally renowned Top Employers Institute. Alessandra Religioso, HR Manager at ACONEXT Stuttgart GmbH, accepted the award as part of the celebrations in Dusseldorf.

Gerhard Schummer, Managing Director of the ACONEX Group had this to say: “We’re happy and proud to accept this award for the fourth time in a row. We would like to thank our colleagues for making the difference – which counts so much more in such a highly technological and extremely innovative environment. They are our most valuable resource. That’s why we foster their passionate proactivity as much as we promote open communication.”

The Top Employers Institute has been handing out awards to companies from a wide range of industries around the world since 1991. The institute uses a multi-stage analysis process to check for employee centricity and certifies those companies that demonstrably and strategically invest in their own employees. Within the five-stage selection process ACONEXT had to answer questions on nine topics in total, including talent strategy, corporate culture and recruitment. After a successful examination by the Top Employers Institute, as well as by external examiners, the institute has repeatedly awarded the certificate to ACONEXT. In 2019, a total of 122 companies were certified in Germany.

 

The VDI nachrichten Recruiting Day on 20 April, 2018, in Ludwigsburg once again brought young professionals together with experienced engineers and technical specialists needing highly qualified employees. The fair was very well attended, with many interesting encounters in the area of systems engineering, model-based engineering, and PLM / IT Engineering. Our recruiting and specialist colleagues were able to answer questions from job-seekers in a targeted way. This proved successful, as Christina Seiler from employee support confirms: “VDI Messe has become an integral part of recruiting interesting graduates and potential employees over past years. Here we regularly meet numerous – sometimes very high calibre – applicants.

Supported by representatives from the departments, we have very informative and stimulating conversations and establish contact with interesting individuals.

The huge benefit of VDI fairs is and remains the direct discussions with personnel representatives from the companies. “We were able to establish ties with many new contacts, which we are already pursuing,” adds Ms Seiler. “Now we’re in the follow-up phase, where we want to show how convincing we are as a lucrative employer and introduce exciting projects”.

Visit us at the Career Launch Job Fair on April 26, 2018, in the beautiful Lake Constance region.

Our team is looking forward to seeing you between 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Oberschwabenhalle Ravensburg.

Once again this year, ACONEXT was able to take part in the traditional charity match in the Leutenbacher sports hall. The host, friends of the Stiftung gegen Gewalt an Schulen e.V. (Foundation Against Violence In Schools), was delighted to welcome all the company teams, amateur teams, youth and school teams who participated. The tournament and club motto is: BE STRONG TOGETHER!

Once again, our colleagues from Stuttgart had great fun on the pitch.

ACONEXT is proud to support such a great ❤️-ens project and is looking forward to the next tournament in the coming year.

#bestrongtogether
#teamaconext

      

For the 20th time, the Career Days were held at the University of Applied Sciences Ravensburg-Weingarten. Since 1998, this platform has been organized by students of the university and every year continues to record great success. Around 40 graduates meet with well over 100 companies and diverse professional institutions and make initial contacts with potential future employers.

ACONEXT took part for the first time in what was to be the twentieth fair. The students were able to discuss job opportunities with our recruiting experts and departmental colleagues in a relaxed atmosphere. With our core competences: virtual, systems and electronic engineering, we were able to convince students of the attractiveness of joining the ACONEXT family. Our stand had many visitors, as you can see from the images below.

A total of 10 different engineering and business degree courses visited the ACONEXT stand. The majority were from the Electrical Engineering and Embedded Systems (Master), closely followed by the Master in Mechatronics, and Electronics and Information Technology. Students on the Master’s programmes in particular expressed great interest in getting better acquainted with ACONEXT as an interesting employer.

 

We would like to thank all the stand visitors for stopping by and wish each and every one of them great success in their professional careers.

Your path to success starts right here.

 

         

This year, ACONEXT once again presented itself, together with the elite of IT suppliers, as an exhibitor at the 12th Daimler EDM CAE Forum. Having selected “Communicate. Cooperate. Inspire” as this year’s motto, the exhibition offered the 6,000 visitors a great diversity of topics, with a large number of contributions and interactive workshops.

ACONEXT successfully demonstrated its expertise at all stages of the product design process in the highly qualified PLM and IT environment, as well as in the field of automotive engineering consulting: our experts, manning two separate booths, answered numerous questions on the key topics of “Systems Engineering – Consistent Product Design Process” and “Systems Engineering – Supplier Integration Using the Example of the Digital Drive Train”

The relevance and the possibilities of optimal supplier integration were analysed in several interaction scenarios. For example, the model of an articulated shaft offered an impressive presentation of the core competences of system engineering in the areas of geometric design, kinematics, CAE and tolerance management. In partnership with T-Systems, ACONEXT also presented a cross-booth and cross-company interaction on the subject of Predicted Engineering with IoT/Big Data of test data. The announcement of the partnership with Daimler Protics GmbH was another highlight of the ACONEXT presentation.

The lecture by our experts Dr. Guido Vielsack and Jochen Voigtmann on “supplier integration using a 3-D master method for the entire process chain” was very well attended. During their presentation, the two speakers gave exciting insights into the digitalisation of the development process chain and met with lively interest in the plenum.

We would like to thank Daimler AG for the opportunity to make our contribution to this trend-setting event. We also thank all attendees and all the visitors to our booths – we are looking forward to the next occasion for discussing the future of digitalisation with you.

ACONEXT has been successfully certified this year, too, by the Top Employers Institute and awarded the title a Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2017. Yet again the company was able to demonstrate its extraordinary employee orientation based on objective assessment standards in the auditing process.

Each year employers who demonstrate excellent human resource management and strategy are certified worldwide by the Top Employers Institute. They have to comply with the defined and standardized high requirements in order to receive a certification. In addition all the records and answers are examined in detail by an independent and central body to substantiate the validity and value of the entire certification process.

In the assessment by the Top Employers Institute ACONEXT was able to substantiate successfully its excellent staff offers in the following areas: Talent Strategy, Personnel Planning, On-boarding, Training and Development, Performance Management, Management Development, Career & Succession Planning, Compensation & Benefits as well as Corporate Culture.

This auditing process proved that ACONEXT demonstrates excellent performance in employee orientation and has thus earned anew its place in the community of certified Top Employers.

Gerhard Schummer, the Managing Director of ACONEXT, “As a company active in the field of high-value Consulting and Engineering Services we are first and foremost reliant on the talents of our employees – especially in a highly technological and innovative environment such as ours. Thus we apply the very highest standards to the quality of our employment conditions and to internal employee development. For whoever focuses on employee orientation ensures that people are able to develop both personally and professionally. We are proud of having been awarded this prize in 2017, too.”

Further information on ACONEXT’s Top Employer Certification and well as on its Top Employer Company Profile can be found at www.top-employers.com.

Doing something for one’s own health – many of ACONEXT’s employees have undertaken to do just this in the coming weeks. And the company will support them in the process: Together with more than 1,000 companies worldwide ACONEXT is taking part – for the very first time – in the Global Corporate Challenge©, a successful programme to promote occupational health.

The programme is designed to last three months and motivates the participants to fulfil a daily level of physical activity which they set themselves. The concept is simple – each participant records his or her activity using a pedometer and everything is added up in the respective team. So that the participants are not short-changed as far as entertainment is concerned, in addition to counting the steps, the steps taken are converted into a fictitious trip around the globe. So whoever moves more in daily life makes better headway on this round-the-world trip and reaches new virtual destinations. Because the participants are competing in teams, the co-operative friendly competition provides additional motivation to pay attention to more movement in daily life.

Highly-motivated participants

The response in the company is very good. Together with about 50,000 teams from all over the world one third of the employees at five locations have embarked upon the virtual journey.

“I never expected that so many colleagues would sign up,” says Thomas Köhler, After Sales Consultant in Fellbach. It was his suggestion to take part in the GCC. Like many people he carries out his job to a large extent from his desk. But now, through GCC, there is movement in the office. “The challenge only started a few days ago but we are already noticing that it is having a positive effect on our behaviour. We are paying more attention to our daily activities, are not taking the lift and are sometimes going out as a team at lunchtime”.

In addition there is a healthy dose of ambition as, in the end, one wants to perform well compared to the other teams and locations. And in a bad patch the team colleagues can motivate one another. Thomas Köhler knows that “Team spirit is the keyword”.

Management is convinced, too

The suggestion to participate came from an employee but Management also welcomes the programme. Gerhard Schummer, the Managing Director of ACONEXT, thinks that, “Via this initiative we would like to promote the awareness of our employees in their own health. Of course, the company also benefits because the workforce is fitter and more active. But the personal welfare of our colleagues is most important to us as our main focus is on people. It thus gives us all the more pleasure that by implementing the programme we were able to put an idea which came from the workforce into practice.” It goes without saying that Gerhard Schummer is also taking part in the Challenge.

GCC stands for Global Corporate Challenge©. The programme started in Melbourne, Australia, in 2003. In the meantime GCC works with companies around the world, trying to improve the health and performance of employees which concurrently leads to healthier operating results. Further information can be found on the GCC-Website.

 

Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2016

ACONEXT is proud to announce that the company has been certified by Top Employers Institute for its extraordinary employee orientation and has been awarded the title of Top Employer Ingenieure Germany 2016.

Each year Top Employers Institute certifies employers throughout the world with excellent personnel management and strategy. An integral part of the Top Employers certification programme is that all companies that take part are subject to a uniform screening process. In order to become certified they have to fulfil defined and standardized high-level requirements. To enhance the significance and value of the entire certification process, all the responses and documentation are examined in detail by an independent, central body.

Top Employers Institute assessed ACONEXT’s employee offerings in the following categories:

  • Talent Strategy
  • Workforce Planning
  • On-boarding
  • Learning and Development
  • Performance Management
  • Leadership Development
  • Career & Succession Management
  • Compensation & Benefits
  • Corporate Culture

This audit proved that ACONEXT shows remarkable achievements in employee orientation.

Steffen Neefe, Country Manager DACH of Top Employers Institute, “Optimum employee conditions result in people developing in their private lives as well as in their professional lives. Our detailed research has revealed that ACONEXT has created an outstanding employee environment and offers a wide variety of creative initiatives. These range from secondary advantages and working conditions to a performance management system which is fully consistent with its corporate culture.”

Further information on ACONEXT’s Top Employer certification as well as on its Top Employer company profile can be found at www.top-employers.com.