We are KOBRA

Not only at the job to be on fire

Maximilian Fritzsch: Europe’s largest hardening furnace are here at KOBRA in Lengenfeld. I am responsible for monitoring the hardening processes. In the first step of the hardening of steel, carbon is added to the steel structure. In the second step the actual hardening takes place, the quenching. To make the structure strong and ageing resistant, it is frozen at -100 °C.

A hardening process takes between 9 and 10 hours. This requires an absolutely reliable team. Exactly, as with my hobby, the volunteers fire brigade. Again, I must be able to rely on 100% on my colleagues. I have make a decision fast and I must be ready every time. I need to make quick decisions and always be ready. Why am I in the volunteer fire brigade? The biggest reason is because I will help other people. If an application was successful, I am extremely happy.

Where wood is chopped, splinters will fall.

Heiko Feustel: Who doesn’t recognize them, the wooden figurines and nutcrackers from the region of Erzgebirge? If you were born in this area, as I was, you cannot avoid this traditional wood-carving art form. Especially at Christmas time, this old tradition enjoys great popularity. At such times, I like to sit in a warm room and create small figures made of wood for friends and family. Of course, when small angels and trees are crafted, wood chips will fall.

It is exactly the same in my workplace. There it is much louder and the material is different. Here at KOBRA I serve as deputy master of a 5-axis milling machine, which can weigh up to 3 tons. As with my wood-carving hobby, unique pieces and custom-made items are created here.