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BOGE Investments Lay Foundation for Growth

BOGE has been synonymous with forward-looking compressed air solutions through intelligent engineering for 110 years. Its anniversary year, in 2017, saw the opening of the smart factory, and the creation of preconditions to fulfill customer’s high demands for compressed air solutions. In the digitalized factory, people, component and machine communicate with one another to produce the parts for the prizewinning BOGE HST high speed turbo compressor to customer’s specifications and to the highest quality. “Achieving this production line represented a major challenge for us,” says Wolf D. Meier-Scheuven, managing partner at BOGE. “Thanks to the advanced production technology we are now in a position to manufacture in many versions and with process reliability. This is innovative and demonstrates our response to the continuously increasing requirements of our customers.” 

BOGE team

The BOGE managers look towards the future with optimism (from right to left: Wolf D. Meier-Scheuven, Michael Rommelmann, Gavin Monn, Ricarda Fleer and Thorsten Meier).

 

Innovation + Compressed Air = BOGE

In 2017, BOGE invested more than 5% of its turnover in research and development, about twice as much as the average invested by companies in the mechanical engineering sector. “We increased turnover and market shares, but due to our long-term investments, we suffered calculable losses in earnings,” explains Thorsten Meier, BOGE’s CEO. The smart factory alone cost the compressed air company around two million Euro. “We have thereby created the foundations for further growth,” says Meier.

 

Best Industrial 4.0 Business Solution

The prize for the forward-looking continuous improvement programme from the Handelsblatt demonstrates BOGE is on the right track. The leading German business newspaper honoured the concept of continuous improvement for the high speed turbo compressor as the Best Industrial 4.0 Business Solution. With the help of data analysis and simulation, the compressed air experts are constantly further developing the hardware and software of the machines tailored to the customer. The compressors are therefore continuously improved in operation. The result: A highly efficient compressed air supply completely adapted to current requirements and extremely efficient in terms of energy, reducing operating costs.

“With our continuous improvement programme, we have taken a step forward in the race for the best digitalisation strategies. Together with the BOGE high speed turbo compressor and the smart factory, we have reached the next level of innovation and can further extend our strong position as a highly specialised family-run company that is successful worldwide,” says Wolf D. Meier-Scheuven.

It was the second time the jury has awarded BOGE the “Diamond Star” innovation prize. The jury included Dr.-Ing. Günther Schuh from RWTH Aachen University, who is eminent in Industry 4.0 professional circles. BOGE was up against renowned competitors such as Siemens, thyssenkrupp and Audi.

 

About BOGE Compressors

BOGE America is the USA based America's subsidiary of BOGE KOMPRESSOREN Otto Boge GmbH & Co. KG based in Bielefeld, Germany. Whether for centrifugal compressors, screw compressors, high-pressure piston compressors, scroll compressors, controls, air treatment equipment, complete systems or individual devices, BOGE meets the most diverse requirements and highest standards – in a precise and customer-oriented manner. BOGE solutions are used by all sectors of industry to supply compressed air for a wide range of manufacturing processes. The USA Operations of BOGE America stocks the various technologies of high-quality compressors and spares for immediate support to needs. Compressed air systems are designed, sold and serviced through a dedicated network of over 50 distributors in North, Central, and South America. The USA Operations is also the "Center of Excellence" for Technical Trainings for our partners to ensure Top Level Support for the consumer. For more information, please visit www.boge.com.