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

Wunderbar together – Germany and the U.S.

After a successful first week in Kennesaw with our Guest families and Host companies it took us (Chris and Marco) back to downtown Atlanta on Saturday the 28th September 2019 to represent the Joachim Herz Stiftung on a German-American Popup event.

Iris, Marco, Chris

The “ Wunderbar together / Germany and the U.S.” Popup Tour is an event to celebrate the German and American friendship and partnership with many different stops in cities all around the States. “Wunderbar together” managed to bring more than 350 Partners from all 50 States together to organize more than 2000 Events in different local communities.

Many German enterprises took part in this project and set up information booths with different activities. They expressed the importance of a partnership between Germany and the USA for a future together and a strong business and cultural relationship.

To bring a bit of German culture to the people of Atlanta, German Bratwurst and Beer was offered in the German beer tents.

For our contribution to this event Iris Schultz introduced the Joachim Herz Stiftung and the program which sends young apprentices from Germany to the USA. After that she interviewed us where we expressed our motivation for coming to the US, our first impressions here and what we would like to achieve during our stay.Also on stage were different students and interns from the US who spend time abroad in Germany.

What we noticed was that the impressions the American students had of Germany were quite similar, almost interchangeable to ours here in the US, that everyone is so friendly and open minded which speaks great lengths for both our culture and friendship.

After the dialogue on stage we set up our own booth and answered more questions to anyone who was interested in talking to us. Interestingly a lot of US teachers were present and expressed their students desire to visit Germany as an exchange student, something we would greatly appreciate.

All in all, it was a successful and interesting event shaped by nice and friendly people and conversations in the middle of big Atlanta.