A day with our installation manager Björn

It’s not even light yet when Björn’s day already starts. “Early as the bricklayers”, that’s totally true here. Today I’m accompanying our installer Björn and spending a typical Monday with him. If one can speak of “typical” at all.

In the morning at 7 I meet Björn and drive to the first customer. “We got a call yesterday, there’s some equipment to capture again.” Björn already knows the customer and is happy to see the familiar faces again. Once there, we don’t mess around for long: With the toolbox tucked under our arm, we go into the hall, greet everyone and get started right away. Device after device is labeled, tagged, photographed, and checked in SAM to make sure everything is working. Here and there a worker comes and brings new equipment to capture. Depending on the device, different tags are used, which are optimally designed for the respective device. Chains, for example: Since handling here can sometimes be a bit rough, very thick and stable tags are necessary here. After everything is done, one last check: Nothing forgotten? Did anything else come?

Around noon we are finished and move on. The next customer is already waiting in Cuxhaven. During the car ride we have the opportunity to recharge our batteries and have something to eat. I ask Björn what makes the construction industry so special, what he likes most about it. He doesn’t have to think about it for long: “We tackle things head on. There’s no big talk about things.”

Freshly fortified, we arrive at the construction site and first talk briefly with the workers. Since larger construction machines are to be recorded here, we install the Sharemac telematics boxes, or S-boxes for short, directly in the machine. The S-Box is connected to the circuit. The task here is to find and secure a suitable place in the construction machine. After all, everything should sit securely and nothing should wobble. We look directly in SAM to see if the data is coming in correctly. Only after this has been checked does it move on to the next machine.

We celebrate the successful installations with a short break. One coffee and a sandwich later, we are on our way back to Bremen to visit the last construction site for today. “That’s what I like about my job. Every day, every customer is different,” says Björn. The construction site we arrive at is large and very spacious – enough to get some sun. “You picked the right day to come along,” he laughs.

The last devices and machines are recorded in SAM – and the day is done.

For me, the day was a welcome change from my normal home office and computer work. It’s understandable why Björn loves his job so much – because he works close to people, constantly interacting and with lots of variety. “I couldn’t do without it at all, anything else would be too monotonous for me” – and that’s a nice conclusion, isn’t it?

March 20, 2021

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