InnoDay 2021 / Forewomen and foremen
Night at the Museum or InnoDay in three shifts
nnoDay is regularly visited by ŠKODA AUTO employees, this year, due to the production shutdown, the forewomen and foremen got in. More than 600 of them came to the ŠKODA Museum for the Virtual Event. It inspires them to make improvements that they can then implement in their departments. "We used the unfavourable situation to our advantage and made it possible for all the foremen to attend InnoDay, because normally they don't have this opportunity when production is running”, says Christian Bleiel, Head of PK – Component Production. Such events not only show them new technologies used by the carmaker in other areas but also offer possible solutions to train and coach employees by using virtual reality, among others. “I am very pleased with the participation of the forepersons in these events because throughout the year, I monitor who has been ‘inspired’ by the event and tries to introduce technological innovations in their team or department. On a personal note, I would also like to thank the organizers of InnoDay for preparing and arranging the event for the foremen and forewomen in three shifts”, says Marek Jancák, Head of the PF – Car Production department. We interviewed three of the forepersons, who shared what appealed to them about the Virtual Event: Marek Bělský, who regularly attends similar events; Martin Pelant, who like most of his colleagues visited this year’s event for the first time; and Nikola Brettová, who is a newcomer among the forewomen. ed
PF1-M – Assembly MB I
At ŠKODA AUTO, I’m seeing a big shift in the field of artificial intelligence and digitisation. For many presentations, I can imagine them being used by our team. For example, we’re talking about checking car doors by using cameras, which could be used in Hall M13 to check the entire car. Or, the Virtual Reality in Production project, which could be used in the future to train new employees in specific workplaces or for car refurbishment work.
PF2-M/15 – Assembly Line MB II
I enjoy seeing technologies that will one day become part of our daily work and make it easier and more comfortable. I was especially interested in the Visual Check, which substitutes for workers and allows me, as a foreman, to use such workers for other work.
PFO-B – Paint Shop M18
I was most impressed by the Virtual Reality in production, where I can imagine its deployment throughout the production process. For example, in the Paint Shop, it can serve in the area of later covered painted surfaces, where employees currently rely only on photos.