Meeting of the Innovation Lab Council

Early this April, the Council of the Krones Innovation Lab met in order to select the next project for the lab. This council comprises Christoph Klenk (Executive Board Chairman), Thomas Ricker (Executive Board Member responsible for Bottling and Packaging Equipment), Dr. Thomas Oestreicher (Head of Corporate Research and Development), and Dr. Stefan Schunck (Head of Corporate Development). Several times a year, it decides on the projects that the team at the Krones Innovation Lab will be tackling. The project ideas involved come from a variety of idea originators from an equally varied range of departments at Krones AG. What makes the council’s meeting so exciting is this: the decisions taken here can already put in place the requisite preconditions for Krones AG’s future products and services. Because the Innovation Lab scrutinises the ideas selected by the council during the course of the project for practicability, profitability and future-relevance, thus obtaining important information for future development projects.

What’s special about the concept behind the Krones Innovation Lab is that each of the staff can submit his or her own ideas and their firm up the definitions and flesh out the specifics involved with the aid of the Krones Innovation Lab team. This means that all Krones staff can see their ideas being transformed into actual projects, and help to shape the company’s future.

In the first step, the current idea originators, together with the Krones Innovation Lab team, also progressed their concepts and then presented them to the council in April. Their approach here was influenced by selected Lab methods, for example, like the Canvas business model

It’s already a major success that each of the three ideas presented proved persuasive for the council. The Krones Innovation Lab can be justly gratified at the prospect of working on three exciting projects as from June 2017. The topic categories here range from cable-less sensor technology or QR code applications all the way through to performance analyses for Krones machines. All the council had to do (since all project proposals proved highly persuasive) was to specify the temporal sequence, i.e. which project to tackle first. Some of the projects’ results will already be on show at the drinktec this September, the world’s premier trade fair for the beverage and liquid food industries.

The creative and promising ideas from Krones’ own staff secure the foundations for the group’s successful future – so it’s all the more exciting that we in the Krones Innovation Lab can work on translating these ideas into engineered reality. Which is why the entire team at the Innovation Lab are looking forward to lots more exciting proposals.