What is Stephan Psenner up to ....
One of the various divisions that make TechnoAlpin stand out is the PLC (Programmable Logic Controller) programmers division, which depends to the systems-building division.
In the system building division at Bolzano headquarters alone there are 35 employees, 6 of whom are PLC programmers - a young and dynamic group, headed up by Stephan Psenner.
Stephan has been working for TechnoAlpin since September 2005. When he started his career in the company, Stephan was in charge of preparing production material. Thanks to this experience, he was able to see how the machines were assembled, and how the warehouse operated. Stephan moved over to the PLC division in January 2006. In 2011, he became the TechnoAlpin PLC Manager.
Together with his colleagues, Stephan creates pumping plants and valve pit control programs, and he is responsible for interaction with the ATASS control system. This way the software is adapted to the various mechanical and electrical needs. The PLC controller allows automation of the pumping plants.
Stephan tells us: "In order to be able to start working on a project we work on designing each individual system and we base the control device program on them". "We then go on to test the program on site and do the last settings or its perfect performance on a pumping plant."
After various inspections, the software is finally ready to be placed in operation. Lastly, a brief training course is carried out with the various ski area managers so that they are able to manage the software in operation.
The busiest months are from May/June until December: TechnoAlpin receives most of the orders from customers during the summer months and these are then worked on until September. The programs ordered must be finished by the end of September, because, from September to December, the programmers are at customers' sites, where they install and start the software that has been ordered.
From January to May, on the other hand, the programmers are in our offices, where they provide constant support to customers and develop new software versions, working to improve the control devices and the relevant hardware and components.
In 2012, 256 programs were written, which mainly involved pumping plants (133), extensions to existing plants (90) and adaptations of the system to ATASSplus (33).