Technical expert with passion
How my work as an engineer at Roche helps to fight AIDS: Ronald Hofstadt created a platform with the TecLab in Mannheim and gave his employees the freedom to help design a small card which enables samples from patients living with HIV to reach laboratories in developing countries from remote areas without refrigeration.
My name is Ronald Hofstadt and I manage the Manufacturing Automation unit at Roche in Mannheim. Our main question: How can we convert manual production into automated production?
Our Work, projects and initiatives
Our focus is on solutions that cannot be bought off the peg. For us it is about the initial development of an automation process. Our approach: Simultaneous Engineering. On the one hand, we fall back on a functional model, a kind of table model, at a very early stage to prove the feasibility of the most complex processes. We also carry out feasibility studies. On the other hand, our team is already building machines in parallel - this saves us time, resources and money. Furthermore, it is our task to evaluate the digital transformation. In doing so, we look at what happens to data and what impact new technologies will have on products in the future.
We are currently working on a device from Roche that digitises human tissue samples and is the market leader in its field. The supply of tissue samples is regulated to the number of six, which brings my department into play. Together we have developed a loading system that guarantees the autonomous operation of the device throughout the day. In large laboratories, no operator is therefore required to load the machine. This innovation has significantly increased our customer satisfaction, which in the long run will also support our sales department.