DEUTZ AG has made it into the TOP 100 in the 26th year of the innovation competition. DEUTZ received its award on June 28 from science journalist Ranga Yogeshwar, who mentors the competition, and Professor Nikolaus Franke, coordinator of the TOP 100 project and director of the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Vienna University of Economics and Business. The award ceremony was held at Frankfurt’s Jahrhunderthalle events center. TOP 100 uses a rigorous process of analysis to assess how SMEs manage innovation. DEUTZ particularly impressed the independent panel of judges in the ‘Innovative Processes and Organization’ category and for its successful innovations. In its Innovation Center (380 sq. m), which is equipped with the latest technology, DEUTZ AG has created an environment in which employees from various functions can work together on innovative concepts using new, agile methods. “We use ‘scrum’ techniques at DEUTZ that enable us to rapidly design new electric and hybrid drives,” explains Dr. Frank Hiller, Chairman of the DEUTZ Board of Management. “The individual parts of the project are broken down into short cycles, known as sprints, that make the work more agile and efficient. It’s how our engineers managed to develop our first electric drive prototypes in a record time of just 6 months.”
The free DEUTZ Connect service app, which plays a key role in the company’s innovative digital strategy, enables engine diagnosis to be carried out remotely via a smartphone or a tablet. It displays all relevant engine data in real time, which can then be assessed and, if required, sent directly to a service partner. Larger customers can use the app to effortlessly manage the engines that are installed in their tractors and construction equipment.