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5 Questions to Holger Dewitz

December 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Holger Dewitz, technical manager, introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

After completing my studies in physics, I worked for almost six years for the automotive industry in the field of paint process diagnostics. When I was looking for a place to work closer to my home town Freudenstadt, PLEVA as a family-owned company was immediately appealing to me. Since I was also attracted by the various possibilities and challenges of technically demanding sensors and solutions for various branches of industry, I started working for PLEVA in 2003 as a physicist in plant development. This work gave me the opportunity to work in many countries such as Honduras, Mexico, USA, Ivory Coast, Pakistan, Vietnam... to put the PLEVA devices into operation, to maintain them and to support and train the customers. I got to know a lot of interesting and friendly people as well as their culture. The success of the company PLEVA also gave me the chance to take over further tasks. In the meantime I am responsible as technical manager for customer service, production planning and IT infrastructure.
 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Always new challenges instead of monotony. Working with motivated employees in a team.

 

What does quality mean to you?

I stick to the Swabian motto: "If you do something, do it right".

 

What is special about PLEVA?

The company PLEVA is not only a family business, but actually a family. Problems or needs of the employees always find an open ear. Sustainability, not only in relation to the sensors and controls for energy saving, but also in relation to our customers.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

That cannot be fixed at a single event. Beside the common trips, enterprises and celebrations it is also again and again the appreciative feedback of the customers towards the products and coworkers of the company PLEVA.


SuccessStory in India: PLEVA speeds up textile production

December 2019

The installation of the PLEVA system on the stenter frame of Indian textile producers increased the production speed.

By using TDS sensors for measuring the fabric temperature as well as the Dens'nDry for process control and visualization, the speed during heatsetting could be increased by up to 27%, during drying by up to 36%, and during finishing by up to 22%. All in all, the PLEVA system boosted the efficiency, productivity and quality of the production from very satisfied customers.

For further questions, our sales team is happy to answer your requests. More information and the exact results of the success story can be found in the file below.


Visiting the DITF on the 50th anniversary

November 2019

On 11th of November 1969 the company PLEVA was founded by Harry and Gudrun Pleva. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary last Monday the DITF (German Institutes for Textile and Fiber Research) in Denkendorf was visited. Formerly, Managing Director Dr. Ralf Pleva did his doctorate here and set the foundation for today's sizing application measurement. Now the PLEVA team was able to take a look behind the scenes of the current research and as a special highlight a membership in the DITF's association was concluded.

We are looking forward to further interesting impulses from the DITF.


5 Questions to Stefan Blank

November 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Stefan Blank, head of administration, introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

I am a commercial technician with completed apprenticeships as a electronics technician for energy devices and industrial clerk. My start at the company PLEVA was in 1992 as a commercial technician. Since 1994 I was in charge of the commercial apprentices and since 2002 I am trainer IHK for commercial apprentices. From about 2005 I took over the purchasing management and since 2010 my position is the office and administration management. In all these years I have experienced a lot, from the introduction of PCs to the construction of new development and administration buildings to the conversion from D-Mark to Euro.
 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

To successfully complete the variety of tasks and special challenges together with the great office team.

 

What does quality mean to you?

It makes you feel good.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

Quality, flexibility, punctuality. It is an honest and solid, small but smart family business with a worldwide reputation, which works very well in all parts of the team.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

In 27 years there will be many beautiful experiences. A highlight for me was the excursion to the Brückner company, followed by a visit to the Waldcafe, bowling and dinner as well as the redesign and new furnishing of the office.


Presentation about Sustainability in Textile Finishing

October 2019

On the 12th VDTF Textile Finishing Day in Bayreuth Kathrin Pleva held a presentation on "Sustainability in textile finishing through continuous process control". In line with the VDTF theme "The German textile industry as a pioneer of sustainability in global competition", the lecture showed how processes can be carried out in a more resource-efficient and sustainable way through continuous process control and the use of measurement technology.

For more information on this subject, feel free to contact us.


Hello LinkedIn!

October 2019

We are happy to be part of the LinkedIn community from now on and share our news, job offers, exhibition dates and more. For the latest news, please follow us using the LinkedIn button at the bottom of the website or

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5 Questions to Simone Weil

September 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Simone Weil from the accounting department introduces herself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

My career can be easily described in the words of my boss: From trainee to nightmare. When I presented Dr. Pleva the weekly payments for his signature once, he said with a laugh: "I never thought that the trainee would become a nightmare".
But from a purely professional point of view: September 2003 to July 2006 Trainee as an industrial clerk, followed by employment. Then 10 years in purchasing and now responsible for accounting since December 2016.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

There are always new tasks to be solved. That's why the work is not monotonous. Sometimes some grey hairs may grow, but if I finish something successfully (alone or in cooperation with the management, colleagues or tax office), I am happy and the next tasks can be tackled with new motivation and energy.

 

What does quality mean to you?

If the customer is 100% satisfied with the delivered goods and the company can be proud of its performance. In my area: to book correctly and to instruct the salary payments in time so that no complaints come from colleagues.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

The PLEVA products stand for technical know-how and energy saving. The company supports social projects in the surrounding area. The management also offers help with private problems of the employees. It can be said that the PLEVA company and its employees together are the big PLEVA family.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

I cannot reduce that to a special experience. During my PLEVA affiliation there were some nice, interesting and instructive trips. For example, company visits to our customers, where we could see where the PLEVA products are used. Or also my participation at fairs can be described as a nice experience. People who were previously only contacted by telephone were personally known.
In addition, events distributed over the year, like the summer party or participation of the PLEVA Runners and the fan club in the races, are also nice experiences by which the community is strengthened.


5 Questions to Dr. Jürgen Thoms

August 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Dr. Jürgen Thoms, head of R&D, introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

Before I became head of development, I joined PLEVA directly after my doctorate in technology. It all started directly from optimizing microwave technology with the senior boss to service assignments in Mauritius. In addition to the development of new measuring instruments and the design of controls on PLCs and visualizations, customer support is the main task of my team.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The work is varied and demanding – the daily challenges can be specifically analyzed and solved in the team. Customers from all over the world benefit from our measurement and control systems as well as our fast service, which is always praised. Best feedback ever!

 

What does quality mean to you?

Quality means to be better than necessary in order to be able to fully meet the demands expected from PLEVA devices in the field. This is only possible through intensive, hard in-house tests from purchased parts to end devices.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

The company PLEVA is characterized by a low hierarchy, friendly atmosphere and pleasant working environment. Those who work at PLEVA also like to stay at PLEVA.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

Besides one or two vacation days during service trips on Mauritius or in Brazil, the fairs have always remained in my memory. There our customers are just as happy about new developments as they are about their success with our technology.


Latest PLEVA-Developments at ITMA

July 2019

From 20 to 26 June, the world’s largest trade fair for the textile industry took place in Barcelona. We are happy to celebrate our 50th anniversary and proudly presented many new developments at the ITMA 2019! New camera technology, StructureDetector & StraightLiner Series 300, new control options for dryers and much more were presented at our booth.

Find out more about our ITMA product highlights in the download below!


We thank the numerous visitors for all the interesting discussions and impulses.
The entire PLEVA team is looking forward to keep in touch with you!


5 Questions to Kevin Dölker

June 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Kevin Dölker, mechanical department manager, introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

I joined PLEVA at the end of 2005. At the beginning as an industrial mechanic (assembly, drilling, turning, milling, sawing etc.) and since July 2016 I manage the mechanics.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

My work is very multifaceted and diversified from work preparation to planning and organization to maintenance. The motto is: If something doesn't fit, it will be done to fit.

 

What does quality mean to you?

For me, quality is when the customer comes back and not the product or workpiece.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

PLEVA stands for high-quality products and short delivery times. There is no such thing as impossible!

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

The trust placed in me when I applied for the position as mechanical manager.


5 Questions to Diana Daschner

May 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here Diana Daschner from the marketing department introduces herself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

In the year 2000, after completing my training as an industrial management assistant, I was initially employed in purchasing. After a short time I changed to the export/customs department and a part of marketing was added. After 1.5 years of parental leave, I am currently working part-time in marketing again and am responsible for the organization of our trade fairs and seminars, among other things.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The successful completion of a project that had to be planned and organized from A to Z gives a great feeling again and again - be it an export letter of credit, a trade fair abroad or an in-house seminar. This is a lot of fun and motivates for new tasks.

 

What does quality mean to you?

Quality means to me to give my best everyday with everything I do.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

It is a family business with an excellent working atmosphere, characterized by a committed, motivated team. Pleva stands for innovative products "Made in Germany". The focus is always on finding the best, individual solution for each individual customer and each task. I think that's great, because nowadays it's not common.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

There have been many nice excursions, events, surprises and celebrations during my time at Pleva, so it's hard to decide on something specific. Being at a trade fair with a great team is always a great experience.


Musiktage Horb hosted by company PLEVA

May 2019

Managing director Ralf Pleva with daughter Kathrin and Sven Gnass, organizer of the Musiktage Horb

On Sunday, May 5th, the production hall of the company PLEVA in Empfingen was transformed into a place for music and dance.

Where the straightening machines are usually produced, PLEVA welcomed the "stars of tomorrow" for a brilliant rock and pop concert at the Musiktage Horb. The band N*Cognito with several singers known from the casting show "The Voice" brought more than 300 guests with atmospheric music to sing along and dance.

The event is one of several that take place throughout the year to mark the 50th anniversary of the company.


5 Questions to Dirk Leicht

April 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here our production manager of electronic Dirk Leicht introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

In my 25 years in the team, I went from a technician via further training and some internal stations to the production manager of electronics.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

What I enjoy most about my job is the variety of tasks and the interaction with the employees.

 

What does quality mean to you?

The constant and long-term satisfaction of our customers with their PLEVA products.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

For me as an employee, PLEVA stands internally for a fair employer and externally for a global player. I think that the familiar atmosphere in the company is special. It is a company with a heart.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

It's hard for me to say. All the little things create the big charm.


Success Story of Stripe Satin in France

March 2019

There were many problems with the production of stripe satin by customers in France. Due to the reflection of the matt and shimmering stripes and the special structure of the material, it was impossible for previous straightening machines to detect and correct distortions. This caused production losses of about 30%, which had to be corrected manually.

The PLEVA straightening system SL, which is unique on the market, solved this problem and straightened the textile. This allows a more effective, faster production and the losses could be reduced to almost 0%.

More information about the success story of the SL in France can be found here.


5 Questions to Volker Müller

February 2019

To celebrate our anniversary, we would like to introduce some of the people who make the company what it is today after half a century - our employees. Here our head of sales Volker Müller introduces himself.

 

Tell us about your profession, how was your career at PLEVA?

My career led me from training to production, service and now sales. My tasks are to maintain contact to existing customers, to acquire new customers, to observe the market as well as to keep an eye out for market needs, new fields of application and new industries.

 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Get up in the morning and enjoy going to work. Working together with customers on the phone and on site to find solutions for the task at hand.

 

What does quality mean to you?

For me, quality means competent employees, high customer satisfaction and customer loyalty.

 

What is special about PLEVA?

PLEVA is a family business with a good social environment and a good working atmosphere.

 

When you think about your time at PLEVA, what was your best experience so far?

The most beautiful experience? It is fun to travel the world and receive hospitality everywhere!


ITMA ASIA in Shanghai

October 2018

At the ITMA ASIA in Shanghai, which took place from October 15th to 19th, we presented our brand new and extremely robust structure detection system SD Series 300. It is the perfect system to measure skew and bow distortion, pick/course density and width. The system will be available from 2019. We would like to thank everyone, who visted us at our booth and we will be happy to provide you more information at any time.

After 30 years of successful cooperation with excellent products and interesting projects, we will continue all activities in Asia with the exeption of Thailand and Taiwan from our longterm partner company Cintex AG starting January 1, 2019. Furthermore, we will also take over all the successful CIMATIC control systems.

For more details see our news enclosed.


Thanks for your visit at Febratex 2018

October 2018

We would like to thank all visitors who visited us at our stand at Febratex 2018 in Blumenau.

The Brazilian trade fair for the textile industry, in which we participated in cooperation with our local agency WEKO America Latina, offered like the last years many interesting discussions.

Our team is looking forward to support you and your projects in Latin America in the future.


Excellent results on stenter frames for knitted fabrics

June 2018

PLEVA visualization and control systems in cooperation with our brazilian agency WEKO achieved significant results for different products for two customers from the knitting industry in Brazil.

By using FS sensors, the exhaust air volumes could be reduced by up to 43% and strong energy savings could be achieved.With the use of the fabric temperature sensors TDS, production could be increased by up to 38%.

The graphs above show exemplary results.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact our sales team.


Thanks for visiting us at ITM Istanbul

May 2018

Dr. Pleva and Kathrin Pleva at the BGM Teknik/PLEVA booth

From 14th to 17th April the international fair ITM took place in Istanbul, Turkey.
We were represented by our agency Burak Kökdemir, BGM Teknik with a booth and got new, interesting impulses.


We thank you for visiting our stand and look forward to use our solutions in various projects.


Lecture at the iTechStyle Summit in Porto

March 2018

R&D-manager Dr. Jürgen Thoms

From 28 February to 2 March, the iTechStyle Summit with over 750 participants took place in Porto, Portugal. PLEVA R&D-manager Dr. Jürgen Thoms gave a lecture on "Latest solutions for textile finishing: high-tech straightening and sensors for dryers".


Enclosed you will find the presentation in English and Portuguese.


VDMA-Events in Mexico and the USA

January 2018

Organized by the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, conferences were held in November in Charlotte, USA, and Mexico City, Mexico. PLEVA, member of the VDMA, was represented by Dr. Ralf Pleva and participated with presentations at the conference.


Please find the lecture from Mexico attached.


Lecture on Online Measurements on Nonwovens

November 2017

Dr. Jürgen Thoms, Head of R&D at PLEVA, gave a lecture on "Examples of Online Measurements on Nonwovens" at the Hofer Vliesstofftage 2017. The PLEVA company was represented there with 90 other exhibition stands and 480 participants from 14 countries.

 

Below is the PDF file of the lecture for download.

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