has been working since 2011 as a fitter in HOMA Pumpenfabrik GmbH. In this, his craft apprenticeship is of immense value. After only six months to learn the job, he has been working for over five years in a two-man team in one of the assembly areas for large pumps. There is another detail - but not at all unusual with HOMA: his father also works at HOMA. Stefan Roth is working on the test rig at final inspection and checks that all the pumps fulfil the high HOMA quality standards.
In our assembly area, all the components are brought together, which have been manufactured in the different departments of the company: pump housing, cover and impellers from the mechanical production areas or the windings from the electric department. I am responsible for assembling the motor. I check the fitting accuracy of the winding, glue it in and fit the pump cover. In Assembly, we always work in teams of two. For over five years, my colleague Anton and I work in close collaboration. He assembles the lower part of the pump with the pump chamber and the impeller. In the last stage, we fit everything together and hand over the finished pump for final inspection to Quality Control. Then the pumps are packed and dispatched to nearly all the countries in the world.
My father has been working at HOMA for some decades. This means that I always had a connection with the company. When I came for work experience, I had a possibility of getting to know the different departments in HOMA. After I completed an apprenticeship as a cabinet maker, I soon realised that I would rather be working in a company that was operating worldwide, and where I could get an understanding of the complete value-adding process. The good thing with HOMA is that you get insights into all the departments. We manufacture nearly all the components here in our factory in Neunkirchen-Seelscheid. This means that you don't need to go far, for example, to see how a winding is produced, how the machining is carried out or how the sales department deals with special requirements from the customers.
I think it is really brilliant to take part in large-scale projects. If you have to assemble 350 pumps for Palm Island in Dubai, you can be quite proud to know that these pumps that you have assembled with your own hands are working reliably thousands of miles away. At the time, our local newspaper, "The Kölner Stadtanzeiger" even wrote a report about the project. I still have the article at home.
A GRP Tandem. When we are really under stress and are working on another big order, I turn on to "turbo" and work twice as hard as normal.
"If you have to assemble 350 pumps for Palm Island in Dubai, you can be quite proud to know that these pumps that you have assembled with your own hands are working reliably thousands of miles away."