Technology & Maintenance

The employees in the technology and maintenance section attend to the design, assembly and maintenance of all the installations, devices and machines in the value-added chain – whether it involves mining technology, processing plants or (electro)technical equipment belonging to another section. In addition, they develop new standards and procedures and use these to find solutions for technical problems and to improve the technology used for maintenance. A large variety of technical projects are planned and carried out for this purpose.

Structural engineering

The Structural Engineering section is responsible for all construction projects carried out by the Company. This includes planning, costing, scheduling, managing and executing construction and infrastructure works. Structural engineering employees prepare construction plans and check drawings in accordance with established rules. They also survey ongoing construction work and recommend corrective measures, if necessary. In doing so, they ensure that all the construction projects run smoothly.

Examples of tasks:

  • Preparing the final planning documents and assuming responsibility for designing components
  • Maintaining the buildings and property at our sites
  • Analyzing and checking documents with respect to existing regulations and standards
  • Groupwide planning and coordination of engineering services in the field of structural engineering
  • Surveying ongoing construction works to ensure that they comply with the specifications

Energy, electrical engineering and power plant technology

Energy, electrical engineering and power plant technology is responsible for improving the electrical systems and energy technical systems both above and below ground in particular, as well as developing technical concepts for EI&C technology, communications engineering, energy, power plant and railway technology, and mining machinery.

Examples of tasks:

  • Guaranteeing the supply of electrical energy and securing (tele)communication channels at the sites
  • Provision and optimal procurement of grid-bound energy
  • Maintaining the electrotechnical systems at our sites
  • Developing, monitoring and implementing guidelines, standards and the framework for guaranteeing the processes/procedures throughout the Group
  • Improving the energy, power plant and EI&C systems at the plants, as well as optimizing the telecommunications systems and networks
  • Checking investment activities and maintenance work
  • Monitoring ongoing projects to ensure they comply with the specifications

Mechanical technology

The Mechanical and Process Technology section is responsible for optimizing and developing new production procedures and systems at K+S. It provides mechanical and electromechanical machines, equipment and facilities. It also maintains them and assesses them to determine how cost-effective and efficient they are.

Examples of tasks:

  • Developing, monitoring and implementing guidelines, standards and the framework for guaranteeing the processes/procedures throughout the Group
  • Maintaining the process systems at our sites
  • Optimizing the process systems above and below ground
  • Planning and implementing concepts for machine technology and procedures
  • Groupwide planning and coordination of engineering services and developments in the machine technology division
  • Improving production procedures and systems
  • Monitoring ongoing projects to ensure they comply with the specifications

 

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