Innovations put to the test

TÜV Rheinland AG is well-known throughout the world as an organisation providing inspection and testing services. It opened its doors to a group of Mexican executives, giving them insights into its way of working and the latest developments in inspection and test mechanisms.

The topic of product certification was the first item on the agenda for the onsite visit. In his presentation, Dirk Borchert, Vice President Products at TÜV Rheinland LGA Products GmbH, specifically addressed the EU Directives that even apply to products manufactured in Mexico as soon as they are to be imported into the EU. “Now I understand why the EU or the government regulates certification processes in some cases”, MP participant Sergio Freyre summed it up afterwards. Using the smart phone as an example, Bircan Taslica, Global Head of Technical Process Optimization – IoT Wireless BS Products at TÜV International GmbH, explained to the entrepreneurs which tests are required for the devices regarding cyber security, compliance and radiation. “If the measured values deviate from the standard”, Taslica said, “the mobile phones are removed from the market for the time being”. Some of the participants took advantage of the opportunity to discuss individual cases from their own corporate practice with him.

The Mexican guests also found the topic of smart home testing very interesting. Here particularly applications from the field of the Internet of Things are tested. The tour through TÜV Rheinland’s wireless test laboratory provided practical insights. Among other things, a smoke detector was exposed to a variety of electrical impulses to demonstrate the processes for testing the response behaviour of the device.

A rather unusual working environment awaited the participants at the innovation space of TÜV Rheinland. Here the rooms are designed according to topics such as “Chalet” or “Forest” to give the staff a platform for creative and innovative thinking. In an interactive lecture, Innovation Facilitator Kai Ulrich presented TÜV Rheinland’s concept of innovation management and its significance with regard to the organisation’s competitiveness. In a practical workshop, the guests had fun familiarising themselves with innovative problem-solving and communication methods using Lego Serious Play.

With a heightened awareness of the topic of innovation and much enthusiasm about the newly gained knowledge, the Mexican entrepreneurs were looking forward to the final highlight of the day: the presentation of the development of a digital learning concept with Microsoft HoloLens headsets. This concept development was to be used to create a learning environment in which digital three-dimensional content can be displayed in a real setting through data glasses. “In future, employees are to receive further training with the aid of interactive 3D projections. Learning-related processes that require intensive training, for example explanations on technical devices, can be conveyed efficiently regardless of the location”, explained Nils Brüggesch, Product Manager Digital Learning at TÜV Rheinland Akademie. The participants were all keen to try out the HoloLens for themselves as the learning concepts can be applied across sectors and the contents are adaptable.

The recognition that innovation can initially not be measured in figures and is an investment by the business owner, which, however, promises long-term results in the areas of employee motivation and corporate growth, was much talked about among the participants.

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