It requires teamwork of specialists who think outside the box, to come up with innovative solutions. Together, we use our skills to develop really good machines for our relations. To do so, we take risks every day by doing things differently from others. After all, we have a reputation to uphold. With the takeover of Marel, the four pillars on which Sleegers Technique is built are not snowed under, but rather accentuated.
The importance of innovation
A big step was taken in 2021 by setting up a specialist R&D (Research and Development) department. The out-of-the-box thinking Innovation Manager Aaron van Valderen is responsible for this department. He gathers all possible information to then find the right solution together with his team.
Both coming up with completely new solutions and further developing machines require creative thinking. That is why we pay close attention to the qualities of our specialists. After all, if someone enjoys their work, it is easy to put in the energy and become even better at it.
Innovation through an individual view of issues
As a little boy, Aaron was already helping with odd jobs and building, both electrical and structural. As a result, he developed his own perspective on technical challenges. With this, he triggers team members to look at an issue in a different way. As a result, they don't get stuck in the first solution they come up with.
If you want to innovate, you have to work well together first. Have the same dot on the horizon and all want to go for it. And then you can also have a healthy discussion with each other. That is hugely important to innovate.
Training out-of-the-box thinking engineers
As everyone knows, good engineers are scarce. Students are not yet stuck in a certain thinking pattern and that is essential for innovation. When they help our specialists along, they often discover similarities with totally different devices. Then they say, "Hey but I've seen this on a bicycle or in a printer....". Their fresh perspective sometimes provides other angles that our R&D specialists elaborate on. This creates a valuable interaction. The students see the enthusiasm of the people here in the department, which makes them passionate about the profession as well.
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