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Claudius Peters named Innovator of the Year

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World Cement,

Claudius Peters has been awarded Innovator of the Year for the Design and Manufacturing category at the prestigious Autodesk event. The event was held at Autodesk University in Las Vegas in November. Other participants included General Motors and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (NASA).

The award is the result of a rethink of the Claudius Peters engineering and business processes. The rethink in turn led to a generative design approach to some of the company’s largest manufactured components, including its clinker cooler.

The changes were part of a drive to reduce lead times, increase turnover, and raise customer satisfaction. The decision was made to remove departmental barriers that divided the engineering and manufacturing teams, replacing them with ‘scrums’. These are teams of between five and nine people, completing prioritised product-backlog items in iterations known as sprints.

“Our project team included young people who embraced this new concept and understood that the electric light did not come from the continuous improvement of candles,” said Thomas Nagel, Chief Digital Officer at Claudius Peters in Germany. “That is how we came to try generative design. By inputting the project parameters, computers can do the heavy lifting, freeing up our engineers to innovate.”

The Autodesk event connects 10 000 professionals from construction, manufacturing, architecture, engineering, and media creation in four days of learning, networking, and knowledge sharing in advance practice.

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