AMM Excursion to BRP Rotax GmbH & Co KG
On 10th January 2020 a group of students of the international master program Automotive Mechatronics & Management (AMM) visited BRP Rotax GmbH & Co KG in Gunskirchen.
BRP-Rotax in Gunskirchen, Upper Austria, specializes in the development and manufacturing of innovative powertrains for power sports products. As a subsidiary of BRP, world leader in the design, manufacturing, distribution and marketing of motorized recreational vehicles, we are responsible globally for the development and manufacturing of Rotax engines. In 2007, BRP-Rotax GmbH Co KG agreed to build an innovation center of the next generation with a focus on specialized innovation and skills development. As the innovation and educational center of the region, the RIC also contributes substantially to improving standards of work and creation of new jobs. The RIC center is also the focus of development and improvement of technological knowledge which is the driving force in economic development. (https://www.rotax.com/en/company/regionales-innovations-centrum.html and https://www.rotax.com/en/company/about-us.html).
Markus Niederwimmer, Director Assembly, provided us a warm welcome and a thorough introduction into the world of BRP Rotax. Aside a comprehensive overview of the core competences and products of BRP Rotax along with the local strength of the production site in Gunskirchen, very interesting insights into the innovative on-boarding process of new employees have been presented. BRP Rotax developed an outstanding means of efficiently training new employees using virtual reality approaches. Those allow automated on-sight training on the machines and as well self-evaluation of the employees training process. This approach is unique and was absorbed intensively by the AMM students.
After the theoretical introduction, a guided tour through the manufacturing site by Mr. Anton Stranzinger-Mayrhauser, Manager Smart Factory, was performed. The students got very interesting impressions about the manufacturing of huge product type variations on low batches. Detailed explanations and openness to all of the student’s questions by Mr. Stranzinger-Mayrhauser was highly appreciated among the group.
Over all, the site visit was exciting for the AMM group and of high quality. The AMM Management is looking forward to further visits with future AMM groups and thanks the BRP Rotax for the amazing insights.