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Pilz opens Technology Centre

30 November 2008

Pilz GmbH & Co. KG recently opened the "Peter Pilz Technology Centre" as part of its 60th anniversary celebrations.

Pilz' new technology centre
Pilz' new technology centre

This is now the new home of the research & development department. A sharp increase in staff in this area was the reason for the new building, which was built to innovative environmental standards.

"This sends a clear signal of our growth to the outside world", said a delighted Renate Pilz, Managing Partner.

Alongside management and staff, the inauguration was also attended by Ostfildern's Lord Mayor Christof Bolay and Mayor Jürgen Fahrländer. The Technology Centre was completed in just six months. "It was only possible because everyone involved worked together magnificently", said Hermann Rothlübbers, Head of Production Technology and Building Services at Pilz GmbH & Co. KG.

In the shape of an ellipse, the "Peter Pilz Technology Centre" follows the exact lie of the land. The office space of more than 1600 square metres extends over four floors and has flexible partitioning. 

The new building provides space for up to 150 engineers and accommodates both technology and product development. The "Peter Pilz Technology Centre" is intended to help guarantee Pilz a technological lead and thus secure the company's international competitiveness in the safe automation sector. The building also means that the company can provide sufficient space in the future for the growing staff in the research & development department at its Ostfildern site.

The new building at 28 Robert-Bosch-Straße is characterised by an innovative, environmentally friendly building technology. Used with the appropriate ventilation technology, the "building core activation" – where the room temperature is controlled via cold or warm water circulating through pipes – reduces energy consumption by at least 25 per cent.

A newly installed boiler in the adjacent building consumes the same energy but also supplies heat to the Technology Centre. The rooms are air-conditioned via thermal solar cells on the roof: "Hot water is converted in absorption chillers ("refrigeration principle"); this is an energy-saving and therefore environmentally friendly technology that was first used only two years ago", the Building Services Manager explained.

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