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Udo Sobotta's Profile / Curriculum Vitaæ
Throughout his three decades as an electrical engineer Udo Sobotta has consistently risen to the top of his field. His extensive knowledge and dedication to continual self improvement both within the workplace and externally has allowed him manage the most complex deployments and resolve long standing issues that could not be resolved by other engineers; enhancing his extensive experience with factory automation systems, Unix/Linux systems, software and hardware development. Udo has a solid understanding of electronics and computer systems that allows him to quickly identify solutions to first case issues.
For the last two decades Udo Sobotta has held a team leader position where he has worked to pass on his extensive knowledge and experience to other technicians through mentoring and seminars run on a variety of topics. Udo works extremely well in a position where he is able to use his personal and mentoring skills to enhance the work of other team members in addition to his duties as a senior engineer.
Across his professional career Udo Sobotta has continuously been acknowledged for his dedication to excellence, self improvement and dedication to both is colleagues and his employer. Udo's strong workplace ethics drive him to own tasks and processes even where he is not directly responsible. This strong initiative has resulted in him substantially improving both the quality of his work but also the quality of the work produced by any team he participates in.
Udo is currently investigating work opportunities in order to allow him to be closer to his family and with hopes to continue to progress both his skills and his professional career.
Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific 2008 - Current
Senior Solutions Engineer Servicing the growing Asia pacific market Panasonic Factory Solutions Asia Pacific is one of the fastest growing provider of automation solutions in the world. To manage continual growth in the Asia Pacific region Panasonic transferred Udo to its Singapore based Asia-Pacific office. In this new role Panasonic leveraged the skills and initiative that Udo demonstrated in his European role to improve its internal processes. During this time Udo worked within Panasonic and its clients to improve quality and efficiency. Planning, Implementation, introduction and activation of Europe's BBS System using Prince methodology to strengthen customer relations, optimising internal data handling and structures. On site Solution Engineering to improve Quality, Quantity and Flexibility at customers sites. Implementation and installation of Software and Hardware solutions for tier 1 clients. Responsible for governing quality control and process improvement both internally and for major accounts. Driving the 'Cutting Age Auto Insert project' preparing 'Going Green' move of customer by replacement or overhaul of older machinery. Est. Volume: 1000 machines, total project cost $250k. Responsible for Diagnosing and resolving long standing issues. Continuation of most duties performed in European region for Asia Pacific region. Responsible for oversight of all deployments and maintenance for the Asia pacific region. Leading migration of teams to think, to understand and to perform the meaning of being an ECO friendly company in customer's view.
Implemented new internal project management and quality control processes and systems to support the unique requirements of the Asia pacific region. The duration of the "Request to Answer" cycle was improved by over 10 %. This allowed Panasonic to increase its customer satisfaction and improve customer retention. Presented a series of customer seminar days regarding changes to promote environmentally friendly production methodology. This highly successful series of seminars focusing on techniques to reduce energy consumption and implement Green production areas was applauded by both industry and environmental groups. Ran the "Bringing Words to action" program aimed at increasing customer understanding of ECO friendly and CO² reduced production. This program was responsible for a estimated increase of sales by 3-5% / year during its three year lifespan Conducted customer process Audits to improve Quality and Productivity and to optimise maintenance time. Conducted equipment audits focused on improving machine performance and to provide recommendations to customers regarding the overhaul or replacement of machinery. Recommended and implemented machine software generation and management Software PanaPRO at Panasonic Audio Video, Johor-Bahru, (Malaysia). Ran internal training seminars on RoHS, CE-Regulations, ISO9000/9001 Quality improvement and productivity enhancement.
Panasonic Factory Solutions Hamburg
Firmware and Controller Specialist
Developed and championed internal trouble ticket process and automation system. This system was implanted in conjunction with the new BBS Database System. Programmed and maintained Panasonic FA BBS computer system. Implementation into existing Service, Hotline and Sales and Support structure. This Database System was an integral deliverable for a Bosch Contract spanning 15 production plants in 8 Countries worth and $3.6 Million annually. Project management for firmware, machine interfaces, network infrastructure, customer training and initial start-up of manufacturing management Software PanaCIM at the Panasonic Automotive Equipment production Plant Plzen in the Czech Republic. Finally joint the CIM-Team as member to administrate the Client - Server Systems. Value: $580,000. Installation, Customer training and initial start-up of production management Software PanaPRO including traceability modules at Lear Corporation Kronach and Barcelona, (Germany, Spain) Value: each 260k$. Udo's main target: Machine Interfaces, Machine Software and combining Production with Company Network infrastructure.
Panasonic Factory Automation Hamburg 1989 - 1999
Service Engineer / Diagnostic Specialist Panasonic's factory automation division develops and deploys innovative solutions for both industrial and electronics manufacture. Providing total solutions that encompass both robotic and semi robotic automation hardware and custom software solutions Panasonic provides end to end solutions for the most complex manufacturing processes. Recognising his skills Panasonic employed Udo as a member of their primary deployment and maintenance team where his electronic and programming skills allowed him to strengthen Panasonic's ability to deliver significant projects. Utilising his diverse experience and focused diagnostics skills Panasonic also employed Udo to address and resolve long standing issues. Responsible for installation maintenance Service and modifications on all types of Panasonic Factory automation systems. Specialisation in Controller programming, diagnostics and fault resolution. Assigned to address and resolve long standing issues that could not be resolved by other technical team members. Preformed Internal and customer training on new systems or modifications. Technical Pre-sales and presentations for major accounts.
Team leader for the Installation, operational training and handover of four production lines for Set Top Boxes of European Satellite Pay TV System df1, at Nokia Satellite Production plant Motala (Sweden). Total project value $5.4Million. One out of three team-leader for set up of production machinery at Nokia Mobile Phones plant in Bochum, (Germany). Total project value $30 Million. Team Leader and technical specialist for the installation and initial start up of production machines for new developed Blue tooth extensions at Ericsson Mobile phone Plant, Kumla,(Sweden). Total project value $0.77 Million. Team member to Install Solaris and PanaCIM Production- and material management Software at Ericsson Head Quarter Kumla (Sweden). Total project value $0.8Million.
Siemens AG Witten 1985 - 1989
Electronic Maintenance Engineer / Service Team Leader With a global customer past Siemens is one of the leading providers of industrial automation technology. This Key-plant in Witten was the major development, production and test plant for HiCom private telephone Networks. HiCom equipment is widely used in German/European Governments and Companies. Saturn 8/12 was a special development for Australia. Initially responsible for the electronics aspects of large deployments Udo's dedication and competence allowed him to rise to the position of team leader where in addition to his responsibility for the electronic control systems and software design he also oversaw a small team of installers and was responsible for overseeing every aspect of installation from delivery to handover. Team leader of service group (mechanic/Electronic) Responsible for scheduling Preformed mentoring and internal training. Responsible for deployment and maintenance of both hardware and software Deployed Panasonic ,Universal, Siemens, Streckfuss and PSB production equipment
Installation of Warehouse automation system utilising Siemens M40 Computer and S5 Controller. Responsible for deployment from planning to handover and activation. Total project value $4.3Million Deployed MANU-Tech Robotic technology controlled by Siemens RCM3 and RCM5 control systems for automatic EPROM testing, sorting, programming and insertion. Total project value $0.7Million. Implementation of very first German Safety structure into Panasonic's PanaSERT machinery. This German Safety Structure is recognised as the base for the later derived European CE-Safety structure for machinery.
Wilhelm Terfloth, Bus operator, Freight forwarder, Lingen/Ems 1982 - 1985
Maintenance Workshop Leader Responsible for maintenance workshop Responsible for maintenance of company fleet.
80% Reduction in fleet breakdowns within 6 months. Annual OPEX: $0.14Million
German Navy - National Service
Electronic Specialist for ASW Weapons and SONAR Duty Chief responsible for commanding two other officers and 7 seamen Directly responsible for all weapon control and guidance systems. Completed Service as a PO 1st class Honourably left the service at the completion of national service requirements.
Team Leadership and Project Management Experience
Software Development Skills
Software Development Methodologies
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