Dornier MedTech USA, Kennesaw

Kidney stones, lasers and shock waves

Meanwhile it can be said that I have found my way into American life very well and that I continue to enjoy my Internship at Dornier MedTech.

This week I was able to attend the Town Hall Meeting and listen to interesting presentations from the different departments. Afterwards, individual employees were honored for their outstanding performance throughout the year. A practice that I wasn’t familiar with and that speaks for a very good American corporate culture.

My own cubicle

One of my initial tasks was the general improvement of the workflow in the warehouse using Lean methods. The warehouse stores everything from spare parts for Dornier products to finished machines for medical applications. For problems with kidney stones, Dornier offers technically interesting solutions, in which either the kidney stones are shot with a laser or are destroyed completely externally by shock waves.

A Dornier Delta III lithotripter

A challenge for the Dornier logistics team and warehouse is to cope with growing production and stock and to make full use of the available capacities.

In other words. we need more space. In order to create more space, we considered dividing the warehouse into storage zones according to item size and consolidate the items as much as possible. In this way we have already succeeded in opening up 15% of the storage area used. It is then planned to replace the empty shelving racks with larger pallet racks.

I hope that we will be able to make a lot more progress with this project in my short remaining time.

contemplating on how to move forward
progress through consolidation

I have also gained valuable experience in handling databases and various software. These include the ERP software Cloudsuite Industrial and Microsoft Power BI.

In the incoming goods receiving process I saw possibilities for improvement and was commissioned to present the current process in a flowchart and compare it with the suggested improvement. We hope that this will save us up to 30% time when receiving in goods.

See Rock City

This weekend was especially exciting for me when I went to Chattanooga, Tennessee.

I had told my host family that Hamburg and its surroundings are rather flat and that is why i would like to see mountains and the countryside here.

Ruby Falls and Rock City Garden on Lookout Mountain come especially in mind for that.

Ruby Falls is a cave system with an underground waterfall located at the end. First we with an elevator about 1100 feet under the earth’s surface and after about half an hour of cave exploring we finally arrived at the waterfall. The waterfall was named after the wife of its discoverer – Ruby

host father Mike and me in front of Ruby Falls

Afterwards we continued on Lookout Mountain to Rock City from where you can see seven surrounding states. These two attractions were known by the numerous barn advertisements along the roads of Interstate 75 near Chattanooga. Nowadays these have been replaced by billboards.

Barn with “See Rock City” advertisement
Mike and me in front of “Lovers Leap”

I had a wonderful time and would like to thank my host family in particular, who do everything they can to ensure that I have an unforgettable experience here in The USA.

I hope that everything keeps going so well until the end and that I can take even more great experiences home with me.

Many greetings and see you soon,

Marco

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