€10,000 in prize money for pioneering ideas

WESSLING Awards Innovations

For the sixth time running, the WESSLING Innovation Award honoured the best innovations within the company with prize money worth a total of €10,000. The winners with the five best ideas were presented with their awards during the annual international company meeting, which this time took place in the Thuringian Forest. The French, Polish and German winners of the competition went on a multilingual sightseeing tour of the city of Weimar, home to some of Germany’s greatest writers during the era of Classicism. The tour took in the Bauhaus Museum and the places where Goethe and Schiller lived and worked.

WESSLING Innovation Award Winners 2013

Constantly optimising services for customers is one of the keystones of WESSLING’s cor-porate identity. This includes motivating each member of staff to search within his or her field of work for better solutions and actively contribute ideas to the company’s progress. Among the large number of entries, from different fields in Germany as well as all over Europe, the jury finally honoured five ideas with one award apiece. The prize-winning ideas came from the various service areas in which WESSLING operates. Dedicated to improving quality, safety, health and the environment, the innovations offered an insight into the great advances that have been made.

These include the declaration of environmentally friendly production that winner Matthias Mundt devised for furniture. The calculation programme he developed is able to determine the carbon footprint of items of furniture. This “environmental backpack” allows exact calculations when evaluating furniture from an ecological point of view.

The innovation by French winners Audrey Goutagnieux, Sophie Decot and Jonathan Moncorgé from WESSLING’s Lyon branch includes optimised software that facilitates ob-taining a faster overview of the processing status of analysis samples.

The prize-winning idea from Hungarian winner József László represented an improvement in measuring pesticide and antibiotic residue samples at WESSLING’s laboratories in Hungary. At the ceremony, his prize certificate was accepted by his mentor Tamas Rikker.

Two prizes were awarded for more efficient sampling at customers. One was granted in the sensitive field of drinking water. Here, the jury awarded the palm to Nicola Vogelsang. She developed a training kit for samplers of drinking water and so contributed to standardising training courses.

The important issue in precision sampling was also the focus of the prize-winning innovation by Agata Błaszczyk-Pasteczka and her colleague Paweł Kot. Their new truss provides customers with a procedure for the more efficient and representative sampling of solid recovered fuels and other dry materials, such as cement. The results from these analysis samples are all the more important as they form the basis for CO2 emission calculations.