Added value from the robot's bag of tricks

SAR Elektronic GmbH in Dingolfing has over 40 years of experience in the field of AI as well as digitalized and automated industrial systems. Its success is based on the wealth of ideas, performance and creativity of its more than 700 employees worldwide - now also in the field of intelligent service robotics.
SAR was founded in 1985 by Konrad Sigl. For the owner-managed company, quality, reliability, German engineering services - and of course the personal commitment and in-depth knowledge of the employees in the “SAR Group” - are what count most. Its customers include globally operating industrial groups and medium-sized companies. SAR offers solutions for projects of all sizes and supplies both turnkey systems and subsections. The company is represented nationally at nine locations and internationally in eight countries. The resulting proximity to the customer ensures optimum support.
In the automotive sector, SAR works for well-known car manufacturers worldwide and in the process and environmental technology sector, SAR implements projects for all five major energy suppliers in Germany. “We are a competent partner for our customers, who implements the requirements technically and economically in the best possible way and successfully solves even difficult tasks,” says authorized signatory Harald Rohrmoser. SAR's range of products and services includes consulting, planning, project planning, installation, commissioning, training and subsequent service.
“With innovative automation and intelligent information technology as well as specialized cross-disciplinary engineering expertise, we can meet the special requirements of almost any industry,” says Rohrmoser.
The SAR Group is divided into seven divisions: Automation, Special Machinery, IT Services, Surface Systems, Plastics Systems and Process and Environmental Technology as well as KNEXT Service Robotic Solutions. SAR is the technology leader in some areas. The patented SAR combustion control system optimizes the combustion process of energy generation plants and is used in over 200 combustion lines worldwide. The SAR subsidiary in Gunzenhausen is one of the largest independent automation providers in the plastics sector. Insulation material is inserted into the tires to insulate the driving noise of tires for electric cars. SAR developed the prototype for this and now supplies tire manufacturers worldwide with fully automated systems.
SAR is aiming for continuous and moderate growth through investments and acquisitions as well as the establishment of new international locations such as in Austria, the Netherlands and Hungary. An extension to the headquarters in Dingolfing is planned for 2025.
In order to remain successful in the future, SAR is pursuing the strategic goal of identifying and mastering future key technologies at an early stage. In the area of IT security, for example, SAR experts ensure that hacker attacks cannot disrupt or shut down the function of systems assigned to critical infrastructure, such as power plants, in accordance with the IT Security Act 2.0. In the field of artificial intelligence, SAR is working with a start-up company in which SAR has a stake to develop a process to further optimize the combustion process in power generation plants and thus increase efficiency.
SAR has been successfully active in the field of e-mobility from the very beginning. The areas of e-motor production, battery production, inverter production and systems for the production of silent tires are now important pillars of the SAR Group.
The company also maintains close contact with neighboring universities and technical schools. It conducts practical applied research and development, owns its own patents and products and participates in external research projects. As an active member of various public and private institutions, SAR is able to contribute its own experience through presentations, articles in specialist journals and discussions. This network is also the source of new forward-looking ideas and goals.
Thinking outside the box has always been one of SAR's strengths. KNEXT Service Robotic Solutions is now also part of SAR Elektronic GmbH. KNEXT offers automation solutions that are specially tailored to the needs of other industries such as the catering, hotel, healthcare and retail sectors. These include the already widespread service, cleaning and transport robots. One particular innovation is the “KNEXT FutureCafé”, which is set to revolutionize the café industry. It offers high-quality barista coffees, iced teas and snacks - prepared and served by three robots. This high-quality robotic system is developed, designed and manufactured in Dingolfing.
There is an exciting background to the new KNEXT business segment: Harald Rohrmoser has been passionate about cuisine and hospitality for over 25 years. He studied management and business administration in the USA and Singapore and has worked in Germany, England, the United Arab Emirates and the USA. He spent almost ten years in Asia, including Singapore and South Korea. There he was a professor at the renowned Woosong University of Hospitality and Culinary Arts. As an internationally experienced master chef, patissier, barista, wine expert and executive chef in 5-star hotels such as Hyatt, Kempinski, Savoy London, Harrods and InterContinental, he brought with him a wealth of expertise in new guest requirements and restaurant concepts as a career changer in high-tech production.
A modern, sustainable service building is currently being built at the company headquarters in Dingolfing, which is planned as a company restaurant and co-working area for the company and will also serve as a showroom for service robotics solutions in the future. “This is where we want to show how the gastronomy of the future can be designed,” says Harald Rohrmoser. And because SAR always offers the complete solution, highly efficient cleaning robots will automatically ensure cleanliness there.
Text from IHK magazine “Niederbayerische Wirtschaft” (NiWi)

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