Personnel changes 01.01.2023-31.10.2023 | Bühler + Scherler AG

Personnel changes 01.01.2023-31.10.2023

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Apprenticeship completion 

Dear Manuel and Nenad  
We heartily congratulate you for successfully completing your training as automation engineer EFZ and electrical designer EFZ. We are proud of you and would like to thank you for your commitment and your work during the training period

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Completed continuing education  

Our employees successfully completed the following continuing education: 
– Szeliga Bartlomiej, Master of Science in Engineering  
– Roland Schick, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering
– Philipp Svete, HF Building technology 
– Darko Gavrilovic, HF Electrical engineering 
– Paolo Columpsi, CAS KMU HSG 
– Vanessa Gjergjaj, HR-Assistant with HRSE certification  
– Joshua Müller, technical merchant federal diploma

Heartiest congratulations and we are happy that you could benefit from your learned technical knowledge! 

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Promotions 

Congratulations to the following employees for promotion:  
– Ari Dietrich was promoted to Project manager 
– Philipp Svete was promoted to Junior Project Manager 
– Abdul Tarim was promoted to Junior Project Manager 
– Szeliga Bartlomiej was promoted to Junior Project Manager 

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Anniversaries  

We are proud that we have been able to count many employees as part of Bühler + Scherler AG team for a long time. In the past ten months of 2023, we celebrated the following anniversaries:  
– Andreas Grüning 5 years 
– Bartlomiej Szeglia 5 years 
– Susanne Müller 5 years 
– Cyrill Weilenmann 5 years  
– Patric Tschudin 10 years 
– Thomas Riegger 10 years 
– Michel Schmid 15 years  
– Philipp Holenstein 15 years 
– Timon Sieber 20 years 
– Tatiana Polyakova 20 years 
– Patric Kaiser 25 years 
– Micha Berthoud 25 Jahre
– Erwin Rüdisühli 40 years 

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Retirements 

Our two long-term employees Jürg Steiner and Christof Forster, began their well-deserved retirement in the last six months.  
 
– Thank you Christof Forster for your 39 successful years at
Bühler + Scherler AG 
– Thank you Jürg Steiner for your 32.5 successful years at Bühler + Scherler AG

An exciting project at the other end of the world 

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Bühler + Scherler AG runs electrical projects across the entire world. Our core competence is in management of projects in the food industry. Bühler + Scherler AG can guarantee best quality and function with planning and product consistency in Switzerland and a competent Installation Supervisor on-site. The customer benefits from the fact that project planning, project management as well as the project execution comes from a single source

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The companies Wilmar international and Goodman Fielder have appointed the Bühler tech company as well as Bühler + Scherler AG for a mill project in Papua New Guinea.  
 
Bühler provided a feed mill and a flour mill with a silo each for the plant as well as a warehouse for brans. Additionally, there are two large storehouses at the plant for storing flour and feedstuff. Bühler + Scherler AG was commissioned as exclusive contractor for electrical engineering of both mills. The job comprised planning and execution of process installation, lighting, energy supply as well as emergency power supply. 
 
Alfred Gnehm, Site Manager for installation, supervised the project for six months on site as the responsible person for Bühler + Scherler AG. He talked about the challenges that came up during this faraway project. After just three months in Papua New Guinea, he had to leave for Indonesia to get another visa to go back to the plant.  
 
The project is currently in its end phase. When Alfred left Papua New Guinea in May 2023, the feed mill and flour mill were fully assembled and could be operated. A plant undergoes various pre-test phases and official test phases before it is operated, which takes several months. The project began seven years ago. Covid-19, pending approvals from the local authorities and lack of licenses delayed the completion of project. Erwin Rüdisühli, Head of Industry / Process was on site in Papua New Guinea for the first time in 2016. The travel time from Zurich to the hotel took 52 hours. There were also meetings with the customers in Singapore and Brisbane.  
 
Alfred has been working for Bühler + Scherler AG since 1981 as a supervisor and heads the electrical installations department. He likes projects in distant countries to which he has never been. However, after so many years in international project management, these are not so easy to find. Each country and culture is interesting and the less touristy the region is, the more exciting it is, says Alfred. In global projects, Alfred is responsible for organization and quality of electrical installation and works closely with the respective local employees to ensure a successful installation. The planning of electrical installations takes place in St. Gallen.  

Photovoltaic systems  

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In this and the next two issues of the newsletter, we will have speak about the operating principle, suitability and economic viability of a photovoltaic system and highlight topics such as sustainability and industry trends.  

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Operating principle of photovoltaic systems  

Solar energy is freely available to us. A PV system is the consolidation of several PV modules and one module comprises several cells. Using light, PV cells convert solar energy into electrical energy. Then, direct current is available which is converted into alternating current with an inverter. Through the conversion, the energy obtained can be fed into our grid or directly used at the location of the PV generator. This results in power which is compatible with our socket-outlets.   
  
Small digression into physics:   
Strictly speaking, energy is not generated, but is converted from one energy form into another. This can be seen using an example of a pumped storage hydro power station; potential energy is converted into electrical energy and vice versa. Thermal energy is converted to electrical energy in a nuclear or coal-fired power station

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Suitability 

A PV system works the best at every place where the sun shines and electricity is used; almost on every building. Both flat roofs and pitched roofs have advantages and disadvantages and it can be said that both types are equally suitable for a PV system. In the past, it was assumed that the panels should ideally be facing south. Today they are alternately oriented to the east and west. This means that about 15-20% less electricity can be generated. The advantage of an east/west orientation is that the energy is produced more evenly through the course of the day. In addition, such an orientation enables installation of several panels on one roof. For a south-facing installation, there is the problem that the panels shade each other when they are placed too close. Different seasons also have different benefits. The sun shines longer in summer, which helps in generating more energy. In contrast, the modules are colder in winter which results in an increased efficiency of the solar modules thus enabling an efficient energy conversion.   
  
Not only roofs can be equipped with PV systems but also facades can also be ideal for installing green electricity generators. This option allows new or additional surfaces to be created and the panels are also an exciting instrument from a design perspective.  
  
In addition to the installation of PV systems on roofs and facades, there is the option to equip open areas with PV modules. From a technical point of view, large fields or plateau areas are very suitable for this. The resulting change in the landscape is another point of discussion.  
  
Nicht nur Dächer können mit PV-Anlagen ausgestattet werden, sondern auch Fassaden können sich bestens für die Installation der Grünstrom-Generatoren eignen. Durch diese Möglichkeit kann neue oder zusätzliche Fläche geschaffen werden und auch aus Designperspektive stellen die Panels ein spannendes Instrument dar.
 
Nebst der Installation von PV-Anlagen auf Dächern und an Fassaden, besteht die Möglichkeit, Freiflächen damit zu bestücken. Aus technischer Sicht eignen sich hierfür grosse Wiesen oder auch die Alpen sehr gut. Die damit einhergehende Veränderung des Landschaftsbildes ist ein anderer Diskussionspunkt. 

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Use of energy  

Ideally, the generated energy of the PV generator is used for own needs. This means that less electricity must be used from the electricity provider. The cost savings from own consumption is significantly higher than the compensation for feeding electricity into the grid. The combination with a charging station for e-vehicles or the combination with a heat pump is especially suitable for maximizing share of own-consumption. An energy storage system can also be integrated in PV systems for this purpose. Electricity generated by PV systems can vary greatly due to the time and weather conditions. This poses a challenge to the network operator since the energy generated and consumed must always be consistent in the grid. The power consumption of industrial production facilities is mostly so high that own-consumption of PV system is maximized without additional measures.   

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Projects of Bühler + Scherler AG   

Bühler + Scherler AG carries out PV projects in the entire Eastern Switzerland area . This primarily deals with functional buildings such as schools, townships, hospitals, commercial buildings or apartment buildings. We plan your PV systems and take care of the associated topics such as optimizing self consumption, integrating PV systems in the factory master control system or implementing an energy management system.  
  
We have an optimal solution for each case. Each of our projects are well based on detailed and extensive energy consulting. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact: Abou Emara Tarek (Junior Project Manager),  +41 71 313 98 52   

Foundation of two subsidiaries 

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NEW SUBSIDIARIES IN INDIA AND THE USA

We are pleased that we could open two other subsidiaries this summer. In addition to our two locations in St. Gallen and Lyss, previously we had a branch in Brazil which carries out projects for South America region. In August 2023, we founded two other subsidiaries, one in Bangalore (India) and one in Minneapolis (USA). We are looking forward to welcome our new colleagues! With this growth, Bühler + Scherler AG now employs more than 30 people outside of Switzerland. The newfound proximity to our customers in North America and India makes it possible to carry out projects in a much more efficient and customer-friendly manner. For questions relating to our subsidiaries, please call: Erwin Rüdisühli, Head of Industry / Process, +41 71 313 98 03, +41 79 352 44 05,  

Personnel 01.09.2022 – 01.01.2023

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Staff entries

We extend a warm welcome to the new employees and wish them much joy in their new challenge.

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Anniversaries

„There are more people who surrender than those who fail.“ (Henry Ford)

Congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for your experience, commitment and many years of successful cooperation.

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Staff exits

We would like to thank them for their commitment and wish them all the best for the future.

Olivier Brunner left Bühler + Scherler AG on 30.09.2022
Emir Hodzic left Bühler + Scherler AG on 30.09.2022
Manuel Riget left Bühler + Scherler AG on 31.10.2022
Andreas Bruder left Bühler + Scherler AG on 30.11.2022
Andreas Egli left Bühler + Scherler AG on 31.12.2022

Saving electricity: Measures from Bühler + Scherler

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Saving electricity: Measures from Bühler + Scherler

The current topic of saving electricity has also left its mark on Bühler + Scherler in a positive sense. A project group was established that developed measures to save electricity.

After collecting and reviewing ideas, they were quickly implemented. In addition to smaller savings by completely switching off standby consumers, larger savings were also achieved. Fourteen spots were deactivated in the office premises, resulting in savings of 1,190 kWh per year.

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Reducing screen brightness from the brightest to the lowest setting, calculated with 2 screens per workstation, also results in savings of 1,094 kWh.

The project team compiled the savings from all measures and converted them into everyday situations.

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Total savings per year: 2’609 kWh
–        equal driving 18,118 km with an electric car
(reference: Tesla Model 3)
–        equal riding 372,714 km with an electric bike
(average value)
–        equal boiling 1 liter of water 16,306 times with the lid on

In addition to implementing the measures in the company, employees are also informed about saving energy at home. By doing so, Bühler + Scherler aims to positively contribute to this topic in the best possible way.

125th plant with gCloud

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125th plant with gCloud

In Bühler + Scherler Lyss, the 125th plant was commissioned with gCloud. gCloud is a web-based control system inclusive security backups. This means that any involved party, such as the customer and planner, can access the system regardless of location. 
This gCloud installation took place at a foundation for integrated living and working. The building includes workshops, a swimming pool, and care services. The commissioning was planned very precisely. The top priority was to carry out the work professionally during the day-to-day activities of the foundation, while taking care of the residents and caregivers.

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The launch of gCloud took place as a result of a heating system conversion from oil to pellet boilers. The contract was awarded in June, after which the conversion started immediately. The provisional system was built before the end of June, and Bühler + Scherler Lyss programmed the basic control system, which was kept to a minimum. Within two months, the field devices and PLC automation controls were procured, programmed, and installed. Due to current supply bottlenecks, it was a great challenge to procure the hardware on time. All warehouses were consulted to be able to guarantee a timely delivery. Accordingly, the new heating system was put into operation within two days in August. It was permitted to interrupt heating only for a maximum of one day, which was complied with. The successful commissioning took place at the beginning of September. Heating and hot water generation is now controlled via gCloud.

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The partnership between Bühler + Scherler AG Lyss and the other companies was successful, reliable, and high quality. One of the reasons for this was the long-term partnerships with some of the companies. In addition, the project aimed to involve other suppliers similar to the customer. As a result, for example, the signs, for labeling the field devices, were engraved by people with disabilities. The project was successfully completed within the required timeframe and with respect to ongoing operations. Bühler + Scherler is very pleased to have them as another gCloud owner.

Low voltage main distribution (LVMD) fire

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Low voltage main distribution (LVMD) fire

A fire occurred at a Philippine customer’s motor control center, which includes the low-voltage main distribution board, reactive current compensation, and motor control cabinets. The fire broke out at the LVMD; any complicity on the part of Bühler + Scherler could be ruled out.

Vor dem Brand
Vor dem Brand
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The original mill was completed mid-2004 with an output of 600 t/24 h. Besides electrical planning and material supply, the plant was installed by a Bühler + Scherler assembly supervisor.

When the customer’s request for a replacement delivery was received, all levers were immediately set in motion. The purpose was to put the plant back into operation as soon as possible. After receiving the official purchase order, it was processed within 10 weeks, from production of the goods to delivery on-site.

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As with the original order, the LVMD for the replacement could not be produced as usual. The overall length would then have been 17 meters. Therefore, the plant was manufactured with a greater depth. As the illustration shows, “back to back”, the overall length was shortened by half. The total order volume was 19 wooden crates with a total weight of 35 tons.

The finished plant, after acceptance by the Bühler + Scherler project manager on site, was delivered to the packer, where the main cables had also been received. Based on past experience, shock sensors were installed on the crates so that any transport damage could be traced. In addition, the 800 A circuit breakers were packed separately. It was important to eliminate as many risks as possible and to prevent damage in transit. The shipment was made by air freight, via Zurich airport to England, on to Dubai and then via Seoul to Manila to the customer.

Nach dem Brand
Nach dem Brand

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The assembly supervisor from Bühler + Scherler dismantled the destroyed plant and prepared everything. As a result, installation was started immediately when the supplies reached the site.  

Thanks to the optimal interaction of all the departments involved, the customer received top service and the plant was back in operation within 20 weeks.

Neue Anlage
Neue Anlage

Michael Foster – 20 Jahre

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Congratulations on your 20th anniversary, Michael!

We thank you for your loyalty and commitment.
We look forward to many more successful and ingenious years with you!

Personnel 01.05.2022 – 31.08.2022

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Staff entries

We extend a warm welcome to the new employees and wish them much joy in their new challenge.

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Further education / Apprenticeship

Cyrill Weilenmann, congratulations on successfully completing your apprenticeship as an EFZ automation technician.

We look forward to continuing to count you among our team!

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Anniversaries

“There are more people who surrender than those who fail.” (Henry Ford)

Congratulations on your anniversary and thank you for your experience, commitment and many years of successful cooperation.

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Staff exits

We would like to thank them for their commitment and wish them all the best for the future.

Monika Lanz left Bühler + Scherler AG on 20.05.2022
Diana Frischknecht left Bühler + Scherler AG on 31.05.2022

RISC and Bühler+Scherler at the mova Scout Camp in Goms

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​​​​​​​mova 23.07. – 06.08.2022

mova – the national camp of Pfadi Switzerland with international participants.
Approx. 30,000 people experienced a varied program and got to know the diversity of the Swiss Scouts.
The camp only takes place every 14 years, which makes the experience that much more unique.

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RISC

is an association of the Swiss Scout Movement, which offers activities that take place by radio or via the Internet, which can be carried out by scout groups, for example during a camp.

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RISC and Bühler + Scherler

At the request of the RISC president and project manager at Bühler+Scherler, Lukas Hungerbühler, Bühler + Scherler generously supported the RISC association at mova in the area of Maker (soldering kit) financially and with electrifying powerbanks.

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The Maker – Workshop

At the Maker Workshop at mova, the young people were given the opportunity to assemble and program a kit themselves. The sponsored powerbanks served as energy supplier for the kits, so that texts and images could be displayed and even small LED light shows could be performed.

The kit was developed completely new for the mova 2022 (hardware and software). Interested parties and technology enthusiasts can further develop the kit themselves or program it freely. During the two weeks of the camp, around 400 participants took advantage of the offer.

More info on this workshop can also be found here.

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OBA (Eastern Switzerland Education Exhibition)

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01. – 04. September 2022

“What happens after graduation? Should further education or even retraining be tackled? How can I support my child in the career choice process?
Questions upon questions – to which the OBA offers answers, ideas and professional advice. The wide range of educational opportunities can be discovered, compared and tried out during four days.” – Website OBA

This year, our vocational trainers will be present at the EIT.ost stand.
(booth 2.0.05, hall 2.0) and represent the professions electrical planner EFZ and building computer scientist EFZ.

Do you know people who are interested?

Come by and get to know the electrifying apprenticeships!
We are looking forward to many visitors.

Pronatec cocoa factory in Beringen (Switzerland)

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About the new facility

Pronatec created a new type of cocoa factory in Beringen, Schaffhausen.

A purely organic production plant – and the first in Switzerland to produce all three semi-finished products: cocoa liquor, cocoa butter and cocoa powder.

15,000 tons of organic cocoa beans are processed annually. Thanks to small production lot sizes, production will be very flexible and will be able to produce specialties such as single origin cocoa liquor, low fat cocoa powder and multi-certified semi-finished products (e.g. EU Bio, Bio Suisse, Naturland, Fairtrade, Fair for Life, etc.).

The semi-finished products are an important basis for numerous foodstuffs, including chocolate, beverages and various confectionery and baked goods. Cocoa butter is also widely used in many natural, high-quality cosmetic products.

The new site in Beringen will gradually create around 40 new jobs.

The official opening of the plant will take place on September 16, 2022.
Production has already been running since May 2022.

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Work by Bühler + Scherler AG

Bühler + Scherler AG was involved in the project for about 20 months.
We were responsible for the electrical engineering and, together with the electricians on site, coordinated the procurement of materials and the installation of the complete process cabling.
 
The installation from August 2021 to January 2022 presented a scheduling challenge.
But thanks to the good cooperation of all parties involved, the plant was completed on schedule.
 
Nice to know – in the whole plant about 60km of cable were laid and over 2.5km of duct were installed.

A day at the rescue service Appenzell Ausserhoden

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Advanced thesis

Our former apprentice and new employee, Cyrill Weilenmann, wrote a very instructive and exciting thesis about the rescue service Appenzell Ausserhoden at the end of 2021.

He was allowed to accompany the rescue forces for one day and learned about different rescue techniques and means of rescue.

He also shows how the SVAR (Hospital Association Appenzell Ausserhoden) is structured, what the difference is between the professions paramedics and transport paramedics and how missions are prioritized by the control center and what this means for the rescuers.

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The day with the rescue service offered Cyrill many different insights into the activities of the rescuers.

For example, the day began with checking the ambulance for completeness.
Throughout the day, the rescuers took on various missions; two patient transfers, a blue light mission to a patient with chest pain, and finally a patient with acute respiratory problems who had to be rescued from her apartment with a stair chair.
Shortly before work ended, there was even an accident with the ambulance. A car driver overlooked the ambulance and rammed it. That doesn’t happen every day…

Cyrill learned what it takes to be able to perform a job in the ambulance service:
“I’m impressed by what paramedics do on a daily basis and the calmness with which they work, even in critical situations. … I also realized that besides pure medical knowledge, many other skills are necessary.”

Enclosed is the complete thesis as a PDF to read through (in German).

Wilson Bennett appointed Regional Sales Manager, Bühler + Scherler

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Wilson Bennett has been appointed Regional Sales Manager, Bühler + Scherler, South East Asia & Oceania.

Wilson has been receiving training at Bühler + Scherler in St. Gallen since June and will return to be based in Buhler Singapore starting his role officially on 10 August 2021. He reports to Erwin Ruedisuehli, Head of Industry / Process of
Bühler + Scherler.

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Professional history before
Bühler + Scherler

Scottish born and graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Engineering Technology, Wilson has over 18 years of experience in various Engineering and Project Management roles and has spent over the last decade in the SEA & Oceania region.

His most recent role before joining Bühler + Scherler, he was the Senior Principal Technical Expert of Schneider Electric, where he worked on the design optimization of major projects such as TSMC, Microsoft, Intel amongst others and supported clients with high level expertise in power systems architectures, protection plans, power automation and monitoring.

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About this role

The Regional Sales Manager will be responsible for growing the business footprint of Bühler + Scherler in South East Asia & Oceania. In this role, Wilson will proactively develop, research, identify and qualify new leads in the market. He will also demonstrate proactive sales initiative by conducting regular customer visits and build relationships with existing and new customers to maintain key accounts. At the same time, he will stay current with the latest development in the market, introduce new ideas into the business and how we support our customers in a seamless way.

We are confident that with Wilson’s past professional experiences and proven track record, he has equipped with the necessary skills to perform his role here. Please join us to warmly welcome Wilson and wish him much success for his career in Bühler + Scherler!