New leadership at EWS

Jan Deutschmann, the new commercial director of EWS (left), and Dr Konrad Solbrig, the new technical director (Image: EWS)

As of May 2023, Electronic Wood Systems (EWS) has appointed two new management executives to their leadership.

Jan Deutschmann was appointed commercial director in November 2022. Deutschmann started his career in the company in 2009 with an apprenticeship, gathered experience in different departments and completed his profession with further training in the technical and especially economical field.

Dr Konrad Solbrig was appointed technical director in May 2023. After his work as a scientific assistant in the field of wood technology and non-destructive testing, Dr Solbrig joined the company’s research, development and technology team in 2016 and later became head of the department.

This move was part of EWS’ “transition process initiated in the last few years”, according to the CEO Matthias Fuchs.

“We are very pleased to be able to develop young leaders from within our own team,” said Hauke Kleinschmidt, owner of the family business. He further commented, saying that EWS is well prepared for the future not only in terms of product portfolio, but also the corporate structure.

In 2022, EWS’ production building was extended in order to meet the increased demand for storage and production space. In addition, a 43kWp photovoltaic system with battery storage was installed, which will cover approximately 50% of the power consumption over the course of a year.

“This is the first step in becoming familiar with this technology,” Deutschmann added “We are currently working on an extension of the PV capacity.”

LIGNA 2023

At LIGNA 2023, EWS presented the new generation spark detection and extinguishing system ALF 9000. Dr Solbrig explained that the ALF 9000 is an upgrade of the company’s ALF 8000, and the design of ALF 9000 enables the decentralised monitoring of a plant, among other features.

The spark detector EWS HSSD was also presented at the LIGNA 2023 as a new development. The abbreviation HSSD stands for High Sensitive Spark Detector, and the sensor works like a temperature sensor and detects low-energy ignition potentials depending on the material temperature.

Beside the spark detection and extinguishing system, EWS presented its range of measuring and inspection systems featuring high precision, robustness, system integration and low maintenance.

Increasing ranges of panel thickness, density, production speed, and capacity in modern lines are already met by most of the EWS technologies, such as fast zero calibration of the thickness gauge, or the continuous non-contact panel scale CONTI-SCALE X, and further development is in progress.

In the latest innovation, EWS area weight measuring systems are applied in Siempelkamp’s adaptive mat forming systems, which automatically optimise the spreading distribution for medium-density fibreboard (MDF) and particleboard, without operator interaction.