Today James Latimer introduces himself. He is our competent service employee from MICKS – the Lufft subsidiary specialized in transport projects. Initially educated as an electrician and signalman, he further was trained extensively in the commercial as well as project sector. Now, he reports about his activities and experiences at MICKS respectively Lufft.
16 years ago I got to know the company MICKS – an abbreviation for “Microcomputer Karl Schedler” – by chance. Mr. Schedler founded it in 1989 and was initially focused on the production of electronic process controls for the industrial sector. Through a special order to install and configure ice warning systems placed by the official Road and Transportation Office in Hessen, to the young company started to take on a new direction. Since then, it deals with ice warning systems and road weather information systems (in short: SWIS) and takes over the complete project execution. Customers are winter services, airports and traffic control centers such as highway directorates or municipalities. A total of 1850 stations were installed by MICKS so far.
There I initially operated as an employee for the field service and traveled a lot: The work took me to Switzerland, Austria, Sweden, Italy and the United States. My biggest project was the installation of 68 ice warning systems in the Cologne Area.
2006 MICKS was bought by Lufft and since then operates as wholly owned subsidiary of the measurement and control systems manufacturer. A year later, the project-based company moved from Oberstdorf to Fellbach into the sensor manufacturers’ building. It took seven more years until my activities shifted from the field service more into the inside office work, where I also started to support Lufft customers from all over the world mainly by phone and via e-mail. Sometimes I still get outdoors and work as a progress disturbance manager, in case a customer needs me urgently.
Also, I work very closely with Manuel Kreissig – well-known from Lufft webinars. We support and assist each other a lot. This also means that I will take over more customer trainings than before this year, since many of them are planned for 2015 – also as a part of our partners’ certification.
It is clear that there is never a dull moment at Lufft and we may take up new tasks again and again.
More information about the Lufft subsidiary on MICKS.de.
|About the author:
My name is James Latimer and I help MICKS and Lufft customers with all technical questions about RWIS (road weather information systems) as well as single sensors. After trainings in the commercial sector and as officially certified project manager (IHK) I was prepared very well for this. Furthermore I coordinate all service assignments in Germany and sometimes visit the stations personally, in case a customer needs me urgently.