BARTEC INSIGHT - November 2014, Überblick



Beschreibung

In this issue of BARTEC INSIGHT, we turn the spotlight on the future topic of “mobile solutions”. Under the motto “BARTEC goes mobile”, we will show you some of our pioneering projects that will soon become common sights in hazardous areas.


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BARTEC

INSIGHT

No. 2 / 2014

SAFE.
RUGGED.
VERSATILE.

BARTEC GOES MOBILE:

QUESTION TIME
Mobile but
tough

INTERNATIONAL
Remote maintenance
in HD via smartphone

JUST THE TOOL!
Office to go
in the Ex area

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BARTEC

PROTECTS.

High-tech solutions from BARTEC are used around
the world. As the world market leader in explosion
protection, BARTEC continuously invests in new
technologies and new markets.

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Finally, we take a look at one place where
we actually like to see explosions – the cin-
ema – as well as an app that helps you recre-
ate them on your phone.

I hope you enjoy reading this issue

Daniela Deubel
Director Global Corporate
Communications

daniela.deubel@bartec.de

In this issue of BARTEC INSIGHT, we
turn the spotlight on the future topic
of “mobile solutions”. Under the motto
“BARTEC goes mobile”, we will show you
some of our pioneering projects that will
soon become common sights in hazardous
areas.

Find out about the fundamental opportu-
nities that these explosion-proof mobile
devices present in our panel of experts.
We also report on two product debuts:
Impact X, the world’s first ex-protect-
ed high-end Android smartphone, and

Agile X, the thinnest ATEX Zone 2 and UL
Class 1 Div 2 industrial tablet PC.

Dear Reader,

EDITORIAL

CONTENTS

03

12

04

06

14

08

10

16

18

EDITORIAL

INTERNATIONAL

Creating the first
ex-protected high-end
Android smartphone

QUESTION TIME

Expert panel with David Krebs
and Nader Halmuschi

INTELLIGENT

Mobile devices for use in
hazardous areas

INSIDE

Doug Korslund:
A passion for discovery

USER REPORTS

Strategic maintenance
using the MC 92N0

ex

series

of mobile computers

JUST THE TOOL!

Office to go: the explosion-proof
tablet PC Agile X

A HELPING HAND

Support and inspire:
BARTEC helps the next
generation

AND FINALLY

Movie meets mobile

PAGE 14

“IT’S THE EXTRAORDINARY
EXPERIENCES THAT CUSTOMERS
REMEMBER.”

Interview with Doug Korslund, CEO
and President of BARTEC ORB

Cover illustration:

Alexandra Struve,

Design und ich/Photo editorial:

BAR

TEC

/iStock

/bauwerks.com

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   03   | EDITORIAL ∙ CONTENTS

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Following on the success of mobile devices among personal users, rugged
tablet PCs and smartphones are now becoming an increasingly common
sight in industrial sectors like the process industry. BARTEC INSIGHT talks
to market analyst David Krebs from VDC Research and Nader Halmuschi,
Head of Automation Technology at BARTEC.

Interview: Hans-Peter Bayerl /// Photos: Dominik Gigler

MOBILE BUT TOUGH

Mr Krebs, thanks for joining us from
Boston. In your role as a market analyst,
which areas do you focus on in particular?

Above all, I concentrate on mobile solu-

tions for businesses and authorities. I’m
particularly interested in seeing how these

solutions are used, so that mobile workers
can be better integrated with information
flows to boost their productivity.

into the industrial workplace. This expan-

sion is characterised by multi-functional,
high-performance and above all rugged
handhelds, smartphones and tablet PCs

that bring together a range of applications.

The motivation to invest in these solutions

comes from the desire for greater produc-

tivity and higher revenue. Furthermore,
they allow workers to access important

How fast is the market for mobile solutions

growing and what are the main drivers of
this growth?

We are already seeing double-digit growth

rates in many sectors. That’s no great sur-
prise, as there are around a billion mobile

workers around the world. Mobile tech-

nology has long been treasured by con-

sumers and is now at last making its way

David Krebs from VDC Research (right) and Nader Halmuschi, Head of Automation Technology at BARTEC.

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   04   | QUESTION TIME

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customers. These are the Impact X intrin-
sically safe smartphone, certified to ATEX
and IECEx Zone 1 and 2, as well as CSA
Class 1 Div 1, and the Agile X tablet PC,
certified to ATEX Zone 2 and UL Class 1

Div 2. The Impact X is both sleek and easy
to operate, and is particularly effective in

supporting work safety and video collabora-

tion. Meanwhile, the Agile X is just as light

and acts like a mobile office, granting the

user completely new freedom of movement
in the field. Both devices support a range

of communication standards, including

WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE, in order to make

them suitable for as wide a range of appli-

cations as possible. Communication infra-
structure like WiFi antennas for Ex areas
complement the mobile portfolio, so that

BARTEC is able to offer complete system

packages.

Mr Krebs: Where do you see the greatest

demand?

These solutions essentially appeal to all sec-

tors where there are areas at risk of explo-

sion. Aside from the oil and gas industry,

this includes above all pharmaceuticals and

chemistry, the automotive sector and the
food industry.

Mr Halmuschi, can you tell us what kind of

scenarios will become the “bread and but-

terfor these solutions in the near future?

For the Impact X smartphone, we see it be-

ing commonplace for inspectors to safely
document their inspections, for example
on oil drilling platforms with one-handed
HD video recording, or for technicians to
transmit an ongoing maintenance scenario
using a suitable helmet camera. With the
use of a wrist holster, maintenance work-

ers can even have both hands free and

remain connected to operating centres,
allowing them to report critical situations
at any time. Typical users of our explo-

sion-protected tablet PC Agile X include

technicians and engineers, who use the HD

display to access complex information such
as technical drawings, tables and other of-

fice documents without needed to return
to the office. In other scenarios, it would be
reasonable to use both devices.

Mr Krebs, what is it that the users look for

in particular?
Global customers in particular have been
critical of previous products, the future
road map and available support struc-
tures. They are not just looking for a single
product, but rather a tailored solution that
meets all company standards and allows for
a good balance of consistency and techni-
cal innovation. Thanks to its past success
and reputation, BARTEC certainly enjoys
a higher level of trust.

How do you see things developing, Mr

Halmuschi?

Very positively! Many of our customers

cannot wait to improve their productiv-
ity and safety using the mobile solutions.

From that perspective, we see the current

market forecasts as somewhat conservative.

In the USA alone, the oil and gas industry

employs around 400,000 people who can
benefit from our new products. Not just

in the field, but in office tasks as well. We
are seeing extra impetus from the ongoing

expansion of data networks and of course

from the users themselves, who want to use
the same technology they use every day on
their personal phones and tablets to con-
structively improve their work.

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company information in real time, experi-
ence better technical service and find new

ways of cooperating.

What do your findings say about ex-pro-

tected mobile solutions?

Users in this market segment are very in-

terested in improving their processes, but

also want greater performance and work
safety. This trend runs from specific data
collection and communication devices all

the way to a multi-functional solution.

Let’s welcome our host in Bad Mergentheim,
Mr Halmuschi: How do you gauge the de-

mand for ex-protected mobile solutions?

Thanks to detailed market analyses and

customer surveys, we have identified four
major requirements. Aside from the two
big areas of productivity and integration,
many of our customers are interested in
reducing faults and downtimes. On top
of this, our customers request solutions to
digitalize and automate processes to effi-
ciently meet their compliance demands.
Compared to the barcode scanners that
have been commonplace in Ex areas up to
now, multi-functional smartphones and

tablet PCs can be used far more flexibly.

Mr Krebs: What are the opportunities and

challenges awaiting leading providers like

BARTEC?

Customers are only just beginning to auto-
mate mobile tasks, mostly in technical
maintenance, but also in video-supported
collaborations. BARTEC is one of the few
providers that have both recognised the
potential of this future market and can
bring the required degree of experience,
expertise and marketing and service capac-
ity on board. Maintaining differentiation in
the future will represent a challenge. One
general success factor is the expansion of
infrastructure necessary for data transmis-
sion, particularly those in isolated loca-
tions.

Mr Halmuschi: How is BARTEC reacting

to this?

As part of our “BARTEC goes mobile”

strategy, we use our international leading
position in explosion protection in order

to bring two new mobile solutions to our

Nader Halmuschi uses the ex-protected tablet PC Agile X

with docking station for the video conference with David

Krebs.

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   05   | QUESTION TIME

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hey are light, ergonomic and ex-
tremely practical. Anyone who
has their own smartphone or tab-

let can barely imagine life without them.

But what about in the world of work? Here
too, small mobile devices are becoming an

MOBILE FREEDOM

Communication, visualisation and data acquisition made safe and flexible.
Mobile end devices improve processes, enable new forms of cooperation and
bring the office to hazardous areas.

T

increasingly common sight. Many workers
cannot wait to finally use the technology
they already know to make their work lives

easier. Ex areas are no exception here. But

it’s not just the high level of user accept-
ance that makes it an easy decision for

companies to invest in ex-certified smart-
phones, tablet PCs and mobile computers.

The new mobile solutions also bring major

improvements in efficiency, productivity
and safety, as shown in the following ex-
amples.

1. Smartphone:
Remote maintenance with
helmet camera

Workers on an oil drilling platform can re-
solve problems extremely effectively and at
lower cost by using an ex-protected smart-
phone and helmet camera to create a video
conference with an expert. The helmet
camera is linked to the device via WiFi
and provides the technician on-shore with
informative video streams in HD quality.
This expert-on-call approach allows critical
problems to be resolved much quicker than
before, as the mobile technology replaces
expensive and time-consuming helicopter
flights and reduces production downtimes.
The ability to operate the smartphone in
one hand ensures the right degree of work
safety, with an wrist holster further in-
creasing freedom of movement.

HD video transmission of a
problem from the platform

On-shore expert

Illustration:

Alexandra Struve,

Design und ich

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   06   | INTELLIGENT

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3. Mobile computer:

Paperless processes

Without the electronic data acquisition

made possible by mobile computers, there

would be massive piles of paper documen-

tation involved in the manufacture of ac-
tive pharmaceutical substances. To ensure
full traceability, the multi-functional radio
terminals record each individual manufac-
turing step and every removal or usage of
raw and auxiliary materials by scanning
barcodes or reading an RFID tag. In ad-

dition, the ergonomically designed devices
also guide users step by step through
manual processes. The “four-eyes princi-
ple”, combining man and machine, virtu-
ally eliminates mistakes. This enhances
not only pharmaceutical safety but also

the transparency of material flows and

warehouse efficiency.

2. Tablet PC:

Office to go

Those responsible for processes in chemi-

cal production constantly have to clari-
fy all manner of details. A large portion
of their working time is spent filling out
forms. Using a tablet PC here saves an
enormous amount of time, as personnel
now no longer have to keep travelling be-

tween the office and the facility. Thanks
to a direct WiFi connection to company
IT, staff always have the office at hand, so
they can view their tasks locally or visualise

complex plans and diagrams clearly on the

HD display. E-mails, tables and other office

documents can also be opened at any time.

Back in the office, the users can place their

device in the docking station and carry on

working with mouse and keyboard.

Fast and complete documentation when
removing raw and auxiliary materials

Visualisation, data acquisition
and remote office

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hen Alfred Knoll, a techni-
cian at a leading aromatics
producer, begins his inspec-

tion round, he knows exactly what to do.

As soon as he logs in, his mobile computer

clearly lists all maintenance tours of his
shift.

A vital guide

To find out whether he is at the right station

on his tour, Knoll scans the respective bar-
code on the unit. All of the components
and parameters to be checked, such as inlet
and outlet pressure, immediately appear on

the portable radio terminal’s easily read-

able display. To avoid operating errors, the
software installed on the mobile computer
always skips to the correct point on the
questions list. The questions themselves are
formulated to be as close-ended as possible.

The answer is selected from a list, with the

most common at the top. This saves time
and allows for a quick assessment. Trained
staff are able to recognise the correct an-
swer immediately from the list and know

whether there is an urgent need for action,

or whether a superior or plant manager
should be informed.

Modern mobile technology

The technician is working with the latest

generation of BARTEC’s explosion-proof
mobile computers, which is not only er-
gonomic, but also highly rugged and fast.

The type MC 92N0

ex

devices were devel-

oped in close cooperation with Motorola
for use in hazardous areas around the

world. Combined with suitable planning

and management software, it can conduct
strategic maintenance in order to reduce

unplanned downtimes and increase availa-
bility. The quality of the touchscreen was a
major factor in the decision to purchase the
latest device series from the explosion pro-
tection specialists from Bad Mergentheim
in southern Germany. The high-contrast
panel reacts quickly and precisely to even
light pressure. Ruggedness was another de-

cisive aspect in the purchase decision. The
devices can survive being dropped from

1.2 metres without damage.

Fast data transfer

The MC 92N0

ex

devices are some of the

fastest mobile computers in the explosion
protection sector. This applies both to
switching the devices on and to data syn-
chronisation. A few seconds spared for

each process adds up to a great deal of time
over a whole day. The devices meet the lat-
est WiFi standards (IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n)
and can therefore transfer all recorded
data wirelessly in a split second, even dur-

ing a tour. These data can then be assessed

graphically or exported in applications like

Excel and processed further. The BARTEC

mobile computers’ integrated voice/audio
function is another interesting feature.

Technicians and process managers can

contact each other via voice over IP at any
location.

Long-term effects

Using their mobile computers, Alfred
Knoll and his colleagues regularly con-

duct maintenance tours in their chemicals
company. Since they started checking the

temperature sensors in the facilities, for ex-

ample, the key indicators for process safety
and product quality have risen dramati-
cally. “With strategic maintenance, users
can not only reduce failures, but also im-
prove processes and lower costs”, explains

Benedikt Eckert, Product Manager for Mo-

bile Computing at BARTEC. “Together

with the right software, users can assess the

consumption of auxiliary materials, wear
parts and equipment, for example. This
means they can improve their warehous-
ing or judge the quality of similar parts
from different manufacturers over longer
periods of time.”

A worthwhile investment

A quick return on investment from the

strategic maintenance solution is also not a
concern for the aromatics producer. “One
prevented downtime is usually enough to

repay the investment”, explains Eckert. “For
the whole software and hardware package,
amortisation normally takes no longer
than six to nine months.”

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IN THE PALM OF
YOUR HAND

As an ever-present companion on strategic tours, mobile computers
prevent unplanned downtimes at an aromatics manufacturer.

W

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   08   | USER REPORTS

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The MC 92N0

ex

series

from BARTEC

The BARTEC MC 92N0

ex

series of mobile

computers is intended for strategic
maintenance in the Ex area. It’s rugged-
ized design withstands even extreme
ambient conditions and temperatures
from – 20 to + 40 °C.

Different keyboard

variants for a range of application areas,
together with the high-contrast VGA
colour display enable quick and easy
data acquisition. Depending on re-
quirements, the mobile computers are
available with a range of barcode scan
engines or RFID readers. The slim device
can be operated with one hand, further
improving work safety. The high-power
lithium-ion battery easily lasts for an
entire work shift and can be replaced
in the hazardous areas.

“With strategic

maintenance, users

can not only reduce

failures, but also

improve processes

and lower costs”

Benedikt Eckert, Product Manager for Mobile Computing, BARTEC

Photos:

BAR

TEC

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   09   | USER REPORTS

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Photos:

BAR

TEC

The Agile X features an integrated

barcode scanner that enables mobile data acquisition.

Additional sensors, such as an RFID reader, can be

added easily using a rear expansion port.

JUST THE TOOL!

BARTEC goes mobile:

Ingenious solutions for extra

productivity and safety.

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   10   | PRODUCT

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OFFICE TO GO

Meet Agile X: the thinnest industrial tablet PC
certified to ATEX Zone 2.

F

AGILE X

or mobile workers in raw condi-

tions, direct access to company-in-
ternal data and systems is becom-

ing ever more important. With Agile X, a
tablet PC certified to ATEX Zone 2 and UL
Class 1 Div 2, technicians and engineers
can have their office with them in the Ex
area, safely and reliably.

Always available

The Agile X ensures real-time exchange of

information via WiFi or LTE. In addition
to the integrated barcode scanner, the user
can also select optional sensors for mobile
data acquisition. An expansion port on the
rear of the case allows an additional RFID
reader to be added, for example.

Well protected

The Agile X is extremely rugged. As well as

impacts and vibrations, it can even with-

stand being dropped onto a concrete floor
from over a metre high. The fast and ener-
gy-efficient hardware also stands up to ex-

treme temperatures. Its reliability has been

tested from –20 °C to +50 °C. The device is

also dust and waterproof according to the

IP65 certification.

Complete control

The Agile X’s high-resolution 10.1 inch
LED display helps it perform its function as

a mobile office and ensures a perfect view

under all daylight conditions. Thanks to
its multi-touch feature, the user can easily

switch between windows, take screenshots,

rotate objects or zoom in to an image.

Safe and convenient

On the software side, BARTEC’s explo-
sion-proof tablet runs the operating sys-
tem Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro,

which offers additional safety functions

such as device lockdown to avoid, for ex-
ample, registry alteration or USB device
addition. Using the Agile X together with

the optional docking station forms a con-

venient and seamless transition between

the office and the field.

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Discover Agile X online.

www.bartec-mobile.com

Agile X – highlights

· Certified to ATEX Zone 2 and UL Class

1 Div 2

· 10.1" multitouch display in HD

resolution

· Light and slim design for easy handling
· Enterprise-ready: Windows Embedded

8.1 Industry Pro

· High-efficiency CPU: 1.8 GHz Intel

BayTrail-M quad core

· Memory: 8 GB RAM, 128 GB SSD
· Optional 8-hour battery
(hot-swappable)
· WIFI and Bluetooth 4.0, optional: LTE

module

· Integrated 1D/2D scanner (optional)
· Rear expansion port for

customer-specific readers and sensors

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   11   | PRODUCT

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The world’s first ex-protected
high-end Android smartphone comes
from Norway and is the result of a
close cooperation between BARTEC
PIXAVI and Shell.

INTRINSICALLY
SAFE AND
VERSATILE

Photos:

BAR

TEC

/iStock,

illustration:

Bernd Schifferdecker

Discover BARTEC PIXAVI online.

www.bartec-pixavi.com

BARTEC INSIGHT 2.2014  |   12   | INTERNATIONAL

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failure on an oil drilling platform
can quickly get expensive. Tech-
nical experts have to be flown

in via helicopter, if the weather conditions
allow this. These flights alone cost tens of
thousands, with costs from lost production
quickly running into the millions.

Looking for inventive solutions

In order to reduce these costs in the long
term, Shell was looking for an innovative,

ex-protected solution for video conferenc-

ing and other mobile applications. Togeth-

er with BARTEC PIXAVI, the global oil gi-
ant began a joint research and development

project. The result was a modern, rugged
and waterproof smartphone, which is light
and safe to operate and that meets not only
the required specifications for explosion
protection, but also all company standards
for mobile devices. “For Shell, the most im-
portant thing was the certification for Ex

Zone 1”, explains Christian Rosketh, CEO

of BARTEC PIXAVI. “They put very high
demands on the design, which we were
able to successfully implement with the

Impact X.”

Rugged and waterproof with a
range of apps

With the Impact X, BARTEC’s Norwegian
subsidiary has succeeded in convincingly
closing the gap between consumer and in-
dustrial devices. As well as being certified
to ATEX and IECEx standard (Zone 1 and

2), the high-end smartphone’s highlights

include an aluminium case to keep it light
and a touchscreen protected by 2mm-thick
Gorilla Glass. It can be operated reliably in
heavy rain or in direct sunlight, even if the
user is wearing gloves. In terms of hardware,
the Impact X also scores top marks with its
three high-end cameras, fast processor and
twice the battery life of a standard consum-

er device. Another promising feature is the
large selection of software and services,

including mobility, inspection and mainte-
nance apps, ERP solutions, safety systems
and communications tools. As a compact,

ready-to-use solution, the phone is deliv-

ered with cloud-capable management soft-

ware and the “SIPIDO” app, developed by

BARTEC PIXAVI. The app can be used to

solve many problems remotely via live video
conferences and HD video streams.

Ready to use straight

from the box

The Impact X can be safely operated with

one hand and is delivered ready for use,

just like a consumer device. But what does

cooperation partner Shell say about the re-
sult of the joint development project? “This
device could potentially clear the way for
many intelligent mobile solutions for in-
dustrial environments”, explains Derek

Robertson, Telecom Service Manager at

Shell EP Europe, pragmatically but satis-
fied. “The Impact X is a versatile and pow-
erful tool that helps the user perform their

work more efficiently.”

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A

3 QUESTIONS FOR

Christian Rokseth

1. At the industry trade fair ONS 2014,
held in the company’s home town of
Stavanger, you presented the Impact X
to the public for the first time. What
was the reaction?
Our product met with great interest
from the visitors, not least of all thanks
to the reference from Shell. Many of
our customers and partners came to
the premiere and app developers also
showed great interest.

2. Where does the name Impact X come
from?
The name reflects both the ruggedness
of the device, which we successfully
tested through a range of impact tests,
and its “impact” on the market. That
impact is the ability to now combine
multiple devices in one by using spe-
cially developed apps and an ex-pro-
tected smartphone as a platform. This
can be achieved without any need for
significant training, as most people al-
ready have their own smartphones.

3. What do you like about the project
in particular?
What I like most is that even though we
were a relatively small team, we were
able to develop a whole smartphone
from scratch. It is of course also great
that we succeeded in gaining the certi-
fications and can now provide the mar-
ket with a unique solution. Beyond that,
I’m pleased that our video conferencing
solution is also available in the same
quality in an app.

CEO, BARTEC PIXAVI

Impact X – highlights

· Certified to IECEx/ATEX Zone 1 + 2 and

CSA Class 1 Div 1

· Twice the battery capacity of most

consumer smartphones

· Rugged and waterproof (2 mm Gorilla

Glass)

· Remote management through the cloud
· Expanded temperature range
· HD video with 1,080 pixels, photos with
8 megapixels
· Video conferencing (2-way video &

audio)

· Secure one-hand operation using

function buttons and the glove-
compatible touch display

. Wrist holster (optional)
. Data communication via WiFi (802.11

abgn)

· Powered by Android (Jelly Bean)

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A  PASSION

FOR DISCOVERY

According to CEO and President of BARTEC ORB Doug Korslund, a
business is like going for dinner in a restaurant: “A normal dinner is not
going to knock you off your feet. It’s the extraordinary experiences
that customers remember.”

Interview: Hans-Peter Bayerl /// Photos: bauwerks.com

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PROFILE

Doug Korslund

Task: CEO and President of BARTEC ORB

Education: Various degrees in electrical and

agricultural engineering

Place of birth: Fort Dodge, Iowa, USA

At BARTEC since: April 2014

Secret of his success: Having a natural feeling for

people and their culture

Hobbies: Travel, cooking, skiing

Tips for visitors to Chicago: Earthy blues bars

and neighbourhood restaurants, a hidden gem

hen Doug Korslund speaks
in culinary metaphors, he
knows what he’s talking about.

Together with his brother and a friend, the

engineer opened a French restaurant in the
late 1980’s near Chicago, the location that

would later become the HQ of BARTEC

ORB. “It’s fair to say that my parents were
not exactly thrilled at the idea,” explains
the entrepreneur, “as by then I already had
three degrees in my pocket.” Those mis-
givings were unfounded, as four years later
the adventure in haute cuisine
ended and the enthusiastic
globetrotter with Norwegian/
German roots came back to
the world of engineering with
plenty of business experience
in tow. But why? As he was
having drinks one night with a
regular guest, who happened
to be the managing director of
a well-known manufacturer of
analysis equipment, Korslund
explained that he was looking
for a change of scene. “Thanks
to my technical background, I was offered
an opportunity on the spot to work in the
oil sector”, explains Korslund.
Shortly after beginning his new career, the
company announced that it would be re-
locating to Texas. Korslund, who was a
production manager at the time, immedi-
ately saw his chance: “Just like most of the
employees, I didn’t want to leave Chicago,
so I bought their fabrication equipment
and continued to produce as the exclusive
supplier under the name ORB Enterprises.”

After a series of developments, Korslund,

now married with two children, took a brave
decision in 2001. Korslund had worked on
new designs, but that customer was not in-
terested in purchasing the intellectual prop-

erty, so ORB Instruments was created.

“Trying to get a foothold in a crowded

market full of big players as an unknown
newcomer was probably the greatest chal-
lenge of my career.” The slight emphasis in

Korslund’s quiet voice betrays how tough
the initial phase was. “I still vividly remem-

ber the first order.” Starting with a RVP

analyser, Korslund, who ad-
mits to loving nothing more

than inventing new devices
like the innovative Oil in Wa-
ter or Salt in Crude analy-

sers for example, developed

this business into one of the
leading international manu-
facturers of process analysis
technology.

Together with the Reinbek/

Hamburg-based sister com-

pany BARTEC BENKE, they
are pushing for pole posi-

tion. “BARTEC is the perfect partner to

sustainably continue our dynamic growth
and delight our customers in future with a
larger product range and an attractive, “one
stop shop” experience.” The other thing he
likes about the deal is that he can keep the
company name. Borrowing from the mean-

ing of the word “orb”, the name symbolises

Korslund’s original vision of a business that

is global, transparent and well-rounded in
all regards. Or put simply: a world that still
holds plenty to discover for a natural entre-
preneur like him.

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“BARTEC IS

THE PERFECT

PARTNER TO

SUSTAINABLY

CONTINUE

OUR DYNAMIC

GROWTH.”

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“Kinderspielstadt” 2014

Just like grown-ups 400 primary school pupils

spend two weeks living and working like adults.

hildren need two things,” said
the great German writer Johann
Wolfgang von Goethe, “roots and

wings”. Two BARTEC apprentices, Sandra
and Jenny, took this idea to heart as they
helped children explore and discover the
adult world at the “Kinderspielstadt” (chil-
dren’s play town) in Bad Mergentheim.

Living two weeks as a
grown-up

The event takes place every year during
the summer holidays and offers around
400 primary school pupils the chance to
try out 50 different careers and experience
what it’s like to be part of a responsible and
functioning community. For two weeks,
the 7–13 year-olds live and work in their

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own little town on the school grounds in
the Au region of Bad Mergentheim. Here,
they take up jobs in their own bakery, bank
and police force, alongside a theatre, radio
and TV station. Just like adults, they take
joint decisions and give up a portion of
their own currency, the “pebble”, as tax.

This year, the young citizens of the town
were even allowed behind the wheel. Even
though they were only “driving” pedal
carts and bicycles, Jenny and Sandra had
their hands full preparing the youngsters
for their driving test. “The boys in particu-
lar liked to break the traffic rules”, explains
Sandra. “But it was great fun and some of
the kids were so thrilled by the driving
school that they applied to me the day be-

fore to be helpers.” The town’s police force
also lent a hand, making sure that everyone
wore helmets, checking driving licences
and ensuring that people behaved proper-
ly at zebra crossings. “It is so fantastic to
see how the children grow into their roles”,
beams Jenny. “Every year they are so en-
thusiastic.”

The residents of the children’s town even
elect their own representatives. This year’s
mayors, Vincent and Salina, were voted
into office on the back of a popular mani-
festo, with a water fight top priority. Other
policies on the list include plans for a fash-
ion show and football match.

SUPPORT AND
INSPIRE

BARTEC is there from the beginning
to promote and support young people
as part of its social duty. We look at
three projects that show different
ways in which youngsters are
preparing for their future careers.

Photos:

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TEC

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More girls in technical careers

While some school pupils are getting their
first taste of adult life, interest for techni-
cal careers is growing among girls in the
region. With its annually held Girls’ Day,
BARTEC aims to inspire female pupils to
pursue currently male-dominated careers,
in which women make up less than 40 per-
cent of workers. This year, six girls aged
between ten and fourteen were able to get
an impression of the various departments
at BARTEC’s headquarters. In the training
workshop, the inquisitive youngsters first
learned about the various machines before
milling their names into brass signs. At first
the girls were supported by Wilhelm Ruck,
Training Manager for Industrial Mechan-
ics, but they were eventually able to work
on their own. “My favourite bit was making
the little figurines out of wire with pliers”,
says Maike from the Deutsch-Orden-Gym-
nasium in Bad Mergentheim.

Home away from home

Speaking of promoting talented youngsters,
BARTEC also lends its support to the de-
velopment programme of the “Wirtschafts-
junioren”, an organisation that supports
young managers and businesspeople. One
recent beneficiary of this support was high
school student Leonie Burkert, winner of
the 2014 development programme prize.
She completed an internship in Barcelona,
financed by BARTEC. Even months after
her return, Leonie is still beaming about
her time in the lively and colourful Cata-
lan capital. “For me, Barcelona is one of
the most beautiful cities in Europe,” recalls
the prize winner, who used the internship
abroad to find a direction for her career.
From the small but central apartment that
she shared during her internship with a
young woman from Argentina, Leonie
commuted every morning with the metro
to Cornella, home to the local BARTEC

subsidiary. Her duties included transfer-
ring data from SAP to the CRM system,
updating price lists and managing e-mail
contact lists. The future student also got to
know many of the everyday processes that
go on in a business. Almost on the side,
Leonie and her colleagues taught each oth-
er their respective languages.

Leonie puts the fact that she felt at home so
quickly down to the welcoming openness
that she encountered from the BARTEC
team. “In our lunch breaks, we talked
about politics, family and cultural differ-
ences. Everyone was really friendly, funny
and so willing to help”, she recalls happily.
“Right away, I felt I was in good hands and
got to know some of the city’s most beauti-
ful spots after just a few days.”

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The good ...

No film features more explosions than
the 2001 war epic “Pearl Harbor”, starring
Josh Hartnett and Ben Affleck. Each of the
ships bombed in the film measured be-
tween 120 and 180 metres in length. This
record-breaking showdown also required
a month of preparation, twelve camera
teams, 600 metres of detonation cord, 700
sticks of dynamite and 15,000 litres of pet-
rol. The bill for sending this all up in smoke
totalled around 5.5 million US dollars.

The bad ...

A much less impressive film explosion
came eight years later in the Marvel comic
film “X-Men Origins: Wolverine”: Despite
a helicopter transforming into an impres-
sive fireball just a few metres away, barely a

hair in the bushy mane of Hugh Jackman’s
main character Logan budges.

... and the downright surreal

The mother of all explosions comes at the
end of Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove
or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and
Love the Bomb” (1964). In the finale of the
bizarre cult satire of the Cold War, B-52
pilot Major Kong (Slim Sickens) dives to-
wards the earth riding an atom bomb wav-
ing his cowboy hat and screaming “Yee-
haa!!!”.

Do it yourself

Big screen style explosions
can also be enjoyed on an
iPhone, for free and without

risk to life and limb. Anyone who feels like

Sit back, relax and enjoy the show. When we go

to the cinema, nothing beats a good explosion.

But creating big bangs does not come cheap and

doesn’t always have the desired effect. Maybe it

works better on a smartphone?

MOVIE MEETS

MOBILE

EXPLOSIONS ON SCREEN:

BIG AND SMALL

annihilating their own car or blowing it to
bits with a rocket for a laugh can do this
safely using the iPhone app “Action Movie
FX”. The easily created video evidence can
then be shared with equally explosion-
loving friends.

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Photo:

iStock

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