Tom Weisz has been supporting our sales team since mid-June. He will be working especially in Southern Germany where he will be responsible for customer care and new customer acquisition. What drives Tom Weisz and how Tom Weisz became an expert for automation projects, you can read in the following interview we made with him.
ASTI InSystems: How did you get to the field of automation?
Tom Weisz: According to my curriculum vitae, I discovered warehouse automation for myself almost 15 years ago. But if I’m honest, the intensive playing with Lego bricks in my childhood contributed significantly to the interest in mobile robots as an adult. I remember how my eyes always checked the number of available wheels when I saw a Lego pile before my hands started to work. Later on, when I came into contact with technically demanding systems in my job, this childhood curiosity always drove me to measure innovations by their concrete, practical use.
ASTI InSystems: Which automation project was the most important and interesting for you til now?
Tom Weisz: I was most strongly influenced by a project of the American OCEANEERING Group, which included the autonomous material supply with a special AGV system in the order picking logistics of a large German automobile manufacturer. The flow of goods is delivered via various interfaces from an automated small parts warehouse and high-bay warehouse on a mobile robot platform with two different load handling variants (pallets or lattice boxes as well as small load carriers) to the order picking lines on both sides. The compact design of the load handling devices and the scalability of the solution is impressive. The biggest issues were the magnetic grid navigation as well as the mixed traffic in the highly frequented areas. As in most projects, the initial skepticism about the autonomous system among the employees was a major hurdle. The resulting problems in the operative process triggered a domino effect, which additionally worsened the situation.
ASTI InSystems: How do you want to organize your work?
Tom Weisz: First and foremost, I see myself as a service provider, bringing together expertise and real automation needs at the most empathetic level possible. I believe that our core task is to introduce our clients and their employees to the opportunities and possibilities of technology, to provide advice and assistance in preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. Robots do not improve processes. Only humans can improve processes. That is why they should always be the focus of attention.
ASTI InSystems: What motivates you?
Tom Weisz: The challenges of recent months are triggering a major rethink in manufacturing companies. A restructuring of the supply chains, for example, will result in regional production sites gaining in importance. This will create new opportunities but also uncertainties. Answering the associated questions will be a defining characteristic of my generation of consultants. I feel a strong responsibility to take the fear of automation with robots away from the participating people and to show future perspectives.
ASTI InSystems: We thank you, Tom Weisz, for the interview.
Welcome and good luck!
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