“I am particularly excited about electro mobility.”

New Head of Application Sales

Since February Thomas Peters (39) is the new Head of Application Sales at KEB Automation. Here he gives a first impression about his start and what his focus will be.

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Thomas Peters

Mr. Peters, you've been at your new job since February. What is your first impression?

Very good. I've been working at KEB for 12 years. That's why I know that the company and my team are well positioned. Our strengths lie especially in the close cooperation with the customers and the great understanding for sophisticated technology. But there is also a clear task: In the future we want to position ourselves even more strongly as a provider of individual complete solutions.

How is KEB aligning itself even more strongly as a solution provider?

We also want to be the competent partner in the field of automation, supplying not only good components but also optimal solutions. That is why we are expanding the application areas of CNC and servo pumps. In the future, we will offer complete packages here, both from the necessary components – such as coordinated drives and motors – but also the necessary software with application-specific solutions.

Which technical solution has particularly impressed you recently?

We have invested a lot of time and energy in a drive solution with encoderless safety functions. I was still working on it back then as a product manager. In the woodworking industry, for example, our F6 PRO provides many functions even without an external encoder compared to previous applications with classic, safe encoder feedback. This enables our customers to implement even simpler and more flexible machine concepts.

Which market or product are you particularly looking forward to in 2020?

I am particularly excited about electric mobility. It's a fast-growing market, and there's no stopping this trend. So I'm naturally pleased that we got involved in this topic relatively early on through a research project. For me personally, this area is still new and I am thrilled to see how this project has now become a series product. This modular inverter, our COMBIVERT T6, drives auxiliary units and auxiliary drives in buses or agricultural and municipal commercial vehicles, for example.

What do you see as the greatest challenges?

At the moment, of course, the primary concern is to manage the effects of the Corona crisis in the best possible way. In addition to the influences on our daily work, we must also master the challenge of continuing to supply important industries with our products. For example, our products are used in food production and intralogistics as well as in the manufacture of medical goods. In addition, the focus is naturally also on digital change and the orientation towards an increasingly digitalized market. I am already looking forward to tackling these challenges together with my team.

Interview by Daniel Kappmeyer.