Employees at FRECON meet once a quarter for a “FRECON theme evening” with professional input, business talk and general socialising. The main theme for the March gathering was how to improve the start-up phase of a project.
Iver Tidemand is Senior Design Engineer and began at FRECON at the turn of the year. He is very enthusiastic about participating in the theme evenings. “It is great to get new inspiration from outside parties and more insight into what your colleagues are doing,” says Iver. “It provides valuable professional development for all of us and strengthens social relations with colleagues that you may not deal with on a daily basis.”
The March evening featured a visit by Nikolai Bech Kähler from Inspari, who gave a very lively and interesting presentation on how Inspari works with project management as a discipline. Inspari works with management of customer projects in a very structured and consistent manner, and there were many good ideas to take home which can inspire staff at FRECON.
FRECON’s own Knud A. Andersen was also on the podium and talked about his experience with using a tool for competence clarification at the start of a project, which Knud has worked with at other companies. The tool is now an integral part of FRECON’s methodology toolbox and gives valuable input in connection with both quoting and project planning, as it gives an excellent overview of the skills required for a project, including in-house skills and whether you need help from external parties.
3D prototypes strengthen communication
The evening’s other theme was 3D printing, both as a production technology and a means to print prototypes for use when calling on customers to demonstrate and illustrate the details, functionality and production possibilities of the topic in question. The 3D object can also be included as a finished part of a larger product.
FRECON’s own Iver Tidemand has considerable experience with the entire 3D area after working for more than 13 years in the industry. He made a very interesting presentation together with Mads Grøne from Damvig. Damvig is one of the experienced players in the 3D printing market and has extensive experience with the technologies and materials suitable for different tasks.
“3D printing is not that simple,” Iver says. “There are around 12 different technologies within 3D printing in plastic, gypsum and metal. And there are lots of things to be aware of and pay attention to in order to get the right print. This includes durability, material, surface, geometry and much more.”
Production of small series
The price of a 3D print depends on the material, the size of the item and the choice of printing technology. Frequently, FRECON and the customer agree on printing a 3D prototype, as this reduces the time spent on actual development work until the first product sample can be made. “It can therefore provide valuable input in the project process,” says FRECON’s Sales Director Claus Mølgaard and continues: “We also have some interesting projects lined up where 3D printing is the right solution for the production of small series. We are expecting a lot from this technology.”