Special anniversary year for AB Elektronik Sachsen GmbH

Thirty years of innovation, development and production of sensors and electronic components! A good reason to celebrate, but also an opportunity to review the interesting and dynamic milestones in the company’s history.

Whoever visits our plant at the Tharandt Forest today will meet an established supplier to the automotive industry. Great dynamics and the high capacity utilization of the plant can be felt everywhere – the order situation is very good, and the plant works around the clock in some places! Well known automotive manufacturers trust in our engineering services, as well as in the professional production of temperature sensors, pressure sensors and quality sensors for liquids. With high levels of automation, in-house development from idea to finished product, and efficient logistics, AB Elektronik in Saxony offers a professional environment for customers, as well as safe and interesting jobs for more than 450 people.

Our success story started some 30 years ago, in fact even earlier – back in GDR times. At that time, there was a business connection between the company Elektronische Bauelemente Dorfhain and AB Elektronik GmbH based in Werne near Dortmund. The combined company produced setting controllers and potentiometers, for example for television sets, for the entire Eastern European region. For the former FRG, the distribution of these products was carried out by AB Elektronik GmbH in Werne. Due to many economic changes and the financial situation of the combine at the end of the 1980s, it was no longer possible to continue the former VEB in its old form with more than 2,000 employees. At that time, AB Elektronik GmbH in Werne was already an automotive supplier and highly automated, except for the components area, where the previous supplier in Dorfhain was better positioned. The management in Werne at the time recognized this advantage, and founded the “Werk Sachsen” branch in 1991 with about one hundred employees.

To help the young company get started, it relocated production lines from Westphalia to Saxony, and outsourced the purchasing of cable assemblies to the new plant. And so in 1993, production of controllers for the automotive industry also began in Klingenberg. Aldo Bojarski, now head of development, was part of the team at that time and remembers: “It was a great opportunity for us, especially since the concept from the beginning was not just to establish contract manufacturing for Werne, but to create an independent company with its own products, production, development, quality assurance, purchasing, sales and administration. This was not a matter of course in 1991, but rather the exception. For the employees, it was therefore also a great obligation to fulfill the associated expectations from the very beginning.”

The team could not rest at any time, because it was foreseeable that, for example, setting knobs manually had no future in view of remote control methods. The hard working development team therefore also focused on the automotive industry, whose rapidly growing demand for sensors promised good prospects. Temperature sensors laid the foundation for this, and by 1996 the plant had achieved all the necessary certifications for the automotive industry. The ground-breaking ceremony for a new plant at Salzstraße followed, and in 1997, the independent AB Elektronik Sachsen GmbH was founded, and further products were added to the portfolio.

Today Thorsten Bick is plant manager and is optimistic, in this anniversary year, about our good prospects. “We are well positioned as an automotive supplier in the field of combustion engines, and this is still an important market for us today”, he says. “However, we are particularly pleased that we have already succeeded in setting the course with our products in the direction of vehicles with electric and hybrid drives. Our technologies are already being used in the first large-scale production of electric vehicles by well-known German manufacturers. This speaks for the degree of innovation of our products and distinguishes us as a reliable partner.” He is pleased with the good performance of the site, which has been part of the AVX Group with its head office in the USA since 2017.

And this much can be revealed: The plant management team would like to celebrate this special anniversary with all our colleagues. We are planning a ‘family day’ in late summer, and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that the general infection situation will allow this to happen this year!

Position sensors support
ASIL D capable assistance systems

AB Elektronik’s position sensors support ASIL D capable assistance systems for braking force control and recuperation
AB Elektronik stands for the development and worldwide production of position sensors based on versatile technologies, and with different electronic interfaces. Our position sensors have already proven themselves millions of times in automotive applications, and take on important functions in new types of assistance systems.

Position sensors for the assistance of braking processes
By sensing the pedal position, the driver’s braking demand is detected and interpreted by the downstream systems. Common applications are brake boosting and emergency braking assistance, i.e. safety-related systems. In the future, they will be used across all vehicle classes to increase safety on the road. Position sensors from AB Elektronik require little installation space and can be integrated economically using modular concepts.

Position sensors initiate recuperation
In electric vehicles it is also about the recuperation of the braking force, which replenishes the battery charge and thus increases the available range. Depending on the vehicle model, the rate of recuperation is specified by the electronics, and the process is initiated by detecting the accelerator pedal or brake pedal positions. With the appropriate system settings, it is even possible to drive a vehicle in normal road traffic using only the accelerator pedal, the brake being needed only for emergency braking.

Safety-relevant functions for position sensors
The requirements for these systems are very high, and again the detection of position is the trigger for safety-relevant processes in the vehicle. AB Elektronik supports the application with position sensors that meet corresponding FUSI requirements on the ASIL C level.

Broad technology base and many years of field experience
Different sensor technologies allow individual tailoring of the product characteristics to the respective application. Interfaces including analog, PWM, PSI5, SENT, CAN, LIN and other protocols are possible.

The individual design of position sensors is based on the selection of the optimal technology for the application, in combination with a suitable mechanical interface. Based on an advanced overmolding technology developed by AB Elektronik, we use the excellent properties of thermoplastic and thermoset to create solutions with integrated sensor technology. However, we are also happy to offer molded or laser-welded cover solutions if this is the optimal solution for your application.

We are at your disposal for inquiries and technical discussions: feel free to contact us, or find out more by watching a short video on position sensors, available as part of our virtual exhibition stand.

Sensor + Test Show 2021
Digital from 04 – 06 May 2021

We look forward to a digital innovation dialog!

As an exhibitor at the Sensor and Test Fair, we would like to welcome you to our virtual booth.

We are looking forward to good conversations in the chat, interesting expert forums and are very happy to be at your disposal for a contact with our booth team.

 

Here you can get free visitor tickets: Link
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LED-Matrix

Highly efficient matrix beam solutions for electromobility

Eco-Matrixbeam modules for matrix headlamps from AB Mikroelektronik support various light functions with very low energy consumption and maximum freedom of design

Independent from the type of engine the overall energy consumption of all main and auxiliary electronic units has an impact on the actual range between refueling or charging.

Eco-Matrixbeam reduces the energy consumption and power loss for an increased range

While for cars with conventional engines, for hybrid electric vehicles (HEV) and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) the above-mentioned facts cause a higher fuel consumption, but affects directly the range for battery electric vehicles (BEV). Therefor the overall power loss of state-of-the-art headlamps and rear lights plays an even bigger role. Especially LED matrix head lamps with different light functions and an increasing pixel count provide several advantages for safe driving at dark and wet conditions. But on the other hand, these accomplishments are attended by an increasing energy consumption of different electronic modules. So, with the Eco-Matrixbeam AB Mikroelektronik has developed an alternative solution for matrix applications featuring low energy consumption compared to conventional concepts, but with unrestricted functionality. Primarily this will be accomplished by means of highly efficient optics in combination with customized LED matrix light sources. Beside the efficiency new standards are set concerning optics size and the weight of the entire electronic module.

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Eco-Matrixbeam sets standards concerning scalability despite very small module size

The Eco-Matrixbeam technology enables very slim headlamp designs of modern vehicles and represents a future-proof scalable solution with its small optics. Although the compact module size facilitates an implementation into headlamp housings with limited space. Depending on the requirements for light distribution and functionality of the matrix beam individual types of the LED light source as well as the optics can be realized by considering specific technology guide lines. Furthermore, small module sizes provide low system costs also for individual applications.

Eco-Matrixbeam from AB Mikroelektronik: outstanding optical efficiency without restrictions for functioning and driving safety

The LED module features an outstanding optical efficiency along with slim optics and small module size. Additionally the optimized thermal performance of the Eco-Matrixbeam technology enables an application in vehicles with slim, modern headlamp designs, providing lower fuel, respectively energy consumption without  tradeoffs concerning functioning and driving safety.

» For more information, please visit the LED modules product category

» Learn more about our portfolio for E-Mobility applications

Global Career Shape

We develop careers

 

We especially like to work with people who appreciate dynamics and change, who see new tasks as an opportunity, and who do not develop vertigo on the career ladder.

Dresden, Saxony. Determination has never been Mandy’s problem. After graduating from high school, Mandy first completed an apprenticeship. After only a short time she realized that the core topics of this profession didn’t seem nearly as interesting to her as the introduction of the new operating software. Fortunately, her trainer recognized the dilemma and used her talents for this project. Good for both, because Mandy stayed, discovered her interest in IT and graduated as planned. 

With the aim of developing her education in IT, she began her studies in 1999 to become a graduate in Business Informatics at the Technical University of Dresden, while at the same time gaining practical experience in a pharmaceutical company, which later enabled her to start her working career.

She earned her diploma with a thesis on “Development of a data warehouse for the university sector” as one of four young women in a course of studies with a total of 74 graduates, before taking part in the design of IT processes in the pharmaceutical company as part of her first employment.

When her employer announced that it was moving to Ulm, Mandy decided not to move for family reasons. IT experts were rare, and Mandy was looking for a new challenge in her professional career. Through personal contacts she learned of a group leader position in the IT function of AB Elektronik.

Local responsibility:

As a company, AB Elektronik offered Mandy exactly what she had prepared for during her years of training: a professional structure, an operational business, a high level of flexibility and above all an experienced four person strong team, for which she took over the team management at the beginning of 2011.

Mandy: “From the start, I had great respect for the task that awaited me. There were only a few female managers in IT, and each team member had deep expertise. On top of that, my start was accompanied by many unpredictable disturbances. These ranged from power and Internet failures to server problems. But this was also an opportunity: we were put to the test very quickly as a team. Today I have to smile about the early days with all the firefighting missions. But luckily we worked through these critical situations very effectively and grew together.

Young Professionals fit well with AB Elektronik If they are curious, technically up to scratch and have a passion to bring projects to a successful conclusion. The international group structure enables career steps in global teams.

In parallel to the successful local efforts, the then parent company established a new IT structure in 2012. The focus was on consolidating structures and overarching processes, and standardizing hardware and software. Functionally assigned IT teams around the globe were to be able to solve acute problems in a uniform system environment, and to make productive use of the time difference between plants. Future strategies would also be implemented uniformly going forward.

Mandy: “I was curious. We had already done a lot in this direction in Klingenberg and I was convinced that this new structure and objectives were right and necessary. But should I apply for a newly available position? In the end it was my team members who encouraged me, and a few weeks and a few selection procedures later, I was Head of the IT Service Teams, EU Mainland”, Mandy remembers.

The next step: Responsibility for the IT Team EU Mainland

“My new team comprised 20 people,” Mandy remembers, “and along with regional managers for the USA and Asia, we started profiling our teams. We formed global virtual support teams, and coached the group leaders according to their professional expertise and individual preferences. It was a time that demanded a lot from all of us, as local teams that had grown together over the years were reorganized. At the same time, our division had to set up a new plant in Romania, and required a high level of real IT services. This career move was demanding but at the same time a welcome challenge. Group structures offer the opportunity to combine a local job with further career opportunities. The support in our team structure gave me the courage to take this step, and today I am glad that I took the European position. It has given me the opportunity for personal development that helps me in my current role”.

Modern structures and flat hierarchies Open for new challenges – so that the potential for excellence can mature. A professional career is based on goals that you set yourself and the opportunities that develop. We value determination and courage. Together we will develop your career from this springboard.

The next challenge came in 2017 with the sale of the Sensing and Control business unit to AVX, one of the world’s leading electronics manufacturers, based in the USA. System handovers and the integration into the new parent company demanded the technical expertise of the IT teams, and once again the well-practised cooperation and centralised management structure proved its worth.

Always looking for the next step? Great! Sometimes it comes faster than you think, and we are happy when our team members courageously face new challenges.

In 2019, the project finally became global and the changes were even more extensive. After a demanding and successful migration over several months, AVX decided to divide the group with over 10,000 employees worldwide into IT areas with process-relevant focal points. Mandy Günzel was nominated as Global IT Operations Manager and a significantly larger team was brought together under her leadership. After completion of this phase, central hardware and software specifications as well as IT service processes will be developed and controlled in order to optimize the effectiveness of the operations areas in AVX’s worldwide companies.

Mandy: “Afraid? No. The term ‘respect‘ would be more appropriate! The new team is more than three times the size, and AVX’s global locations are a much wider field than before. But in the past few years I have been able to gain experience, make mistakes and use my creative freedom. During this time I have got to know many people and other cultures, and have been able to go my own way. I shall now be travelling much more often than before, but this step comes at a time when my daughter is almost grown up and she supports my plans. I am very happy about this, and hope young people in their career find the necessary courage, sufficient ambition and above all an employer who makes all this possible!”

Wir bieten Raum für Ihre Karriere - Unsere globale Struktur, flachen Hierarchien und ein dynamischer Markt bieten viele Impulse für die persönliche Entwicklung und eine internationale Karriere. Wir freuen uns, dass Teammitglieder wie Mandy ihre Karriere gemeinsam mit uns gestalten und wünschen ihr und ihrem Team alles Gute für diese neue, spannende Herausforderung!