The Company's Life
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On the following day, the participating groups were allowed to present their founded company to a jury. Corinna Sedlmeier and her teammate were able to reach the 6th place, which we are very proud of.
Also this year LCTech was present again. Michaela Moser (Head of Personnel & Training), Corinna Sedlmeier (Trainee Industrial Clerk) and Verena Knollhuber (Trainee Industrial Clerk) presented our training offer for the profession Industrial Clerk. They also answered the questions of the interested pupils about training, dual studies or further education possibilities at LCTech.
For the first time, our trainees organized the annual Christmas celebration, and so this year the entire staff gathered at the restaurant Stoiber.
With candlelight, delicious food and an exuberant atmosphere, the past year 2019 was brought to a close and a review was held.
As in the past years, our trainees planned a small entertainment performance. After the lost Christmas activity, the ladies of the staff had to sing the song "All I Want for Christmas".
As Christmas is known to be the time of giving, a "Scrap Secret Santa" among colleagues and a tombola were organized in advance. At the end of the evening everyone could enjoy a " Scrap Secret Santa Present ", handed by Santa himself, and a nice present from the tombola. At this point, we would like to thank our suppliers and business partners, who have given our employees a great pleasure this year again.
We would also like to thank our trainees for the great organisation and wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020.
In 2019 LCTech presented itself for the first time at RAFA in Prague, an annual international symposium where representatives from public monitoring laboratories, analytical service providers and industry meet to discuss the presence and detection of food ingredients and contaminants. Furthermore, a summary of new and forthcoming regulations and the status of monitoring of existing directives were also presented.
At the booth, LCTech presented the FREESTYLE robotic system for automated sample clean-up for food and feed analysis. In addition, Dr. Uwe Aulwurm, Head of Development at LCTech, presented two posters in the accompanying poster exhibition:
- Automated extraction and analysis of phenolic acid and flavonoids in human plasma using miniaturized SPE
- A new automated on-line QuEChERS-HPLC direct injection clean-up system for fatty matrices
The posters can be found here.
At tropical temperatures, the staff of LCTech went to Ingolstadt. The first stop of the company outing was the Audi Centre. Divided into two groups, the first part went to the Audi Museum. There was a guided tour with the most important facts and models of the Audi company history. Meanwhile the second group got an insight into the production. From car body construction, welding robots to final assembly, the employees had the opportunity to gain an insight into the production of a car. Afterwards was the lunch at the restaurant “Kuchlbauer”, the oldest brewery in Ingolstadt. Before the meal, there was a small insight into the old brewing arts 100 years ago. A subsequent beer tasting and the beer menu rounded the whole thing off. In the afternoon, a guided tour through the beautiful old town followed. Despite the summer temperatures of 36 degrees, it was a great day that all employees enjoyed.
In Germany, a person is diagnosed with blood cancer every 15 minutes. LCTech accepted the challenge and fought together against leukaemia. The first-aid team arranged a typification in the house in which more than half of the workforce has registered. For the action, the team organized the registration kits and assisted the volunteers with cheek swabs and filling in the registration documents. A great campaign that was well received by all employees. Maybe some people will have the chance to save a life soon. Apart from the typing, the colleagues supported the DKMS with a money donation. Mr. Baumann participated with great joy in the campaign and increased the donation. Additionally, the company LCTech took over the costs for the typing, which amount to approx. 1,000 €.
Of course, space for discussions was also given during the sales training. Our distributors used this gladly. Finally, on the last day, our distributors had a traditional Bavarian breakfast with white sausages and wheat beer.
Another LCTech service training took place in June. This time we focused on the DEXTech product family (DEXTech Pure, DEXTech Heat and
DEXTech 16). The service technicians of our distributors came from Serbia, Spain, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Brazil in order to optimize their know-how about our devices and to apply theoretical knowledge in their own country. Under the leadership of our service team Michael Sterr and Lukas Niedermeier, the participants learned everything about the installation, application and service of the systems. Thanks to the demo devices, the training participants were able to put their acquired knowledge into practice directly in the training room. In addition, the participants were shown the DEXTech devices in action in the LCTech laboratory, where they could observe, among other things, the clean-up of real samples.
In May LCTech organized a service training for our distributors which covered the topics FREESTYLE SPE, EVA and XANA. The four service technicians arrived from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Switzerland. In the small group, the participants become acquainted with the FREESTYLE robotic system and had the opportunity to apply what they had learned on the device themselves. Most of them were already familiar with FREESTYLE, therefore the content of the training was quickly understood in the very open and friendly atmosphere. As a small supporting program, there was a city tour through Erding followed by a visit to a delicious organic restaurant.
Scientists discuss assessment of toxicological content in food
LCTech, manufacturer of automated sample preparation systems for food and environmental laboratories, conducted a top-class congress on the topic of halogenated persistent pollutants, the FoHP 2019 (Forum on Halogenated Pollutants), at the Science & Study Center of the Technical University of Munich in Raitenhaslach from 04. - 05.04.2019 (Burghausen/Germany).
The focus was on toxic substances such as dioxins/PCBs, brominated flame retardants, chlorinated paraffins and especially poly- and perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in food and drinking water. The extent to which these substances are already influencing our daily lives can be seen in the public discussion in the district of Altötting (Germany) due to past PFAS contamination in the chemical industry.
77 opinion-forming and leading scientists from 14 nations visited this congress. The day before they were tuned with a tour through the beautiful old town of Burghausen and subsequent visit to the longest castle in the world as well as a Get-together in a Bavarian hotel restaurant in the evening.
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In addition to DEXTech Heat, the FREESTYLE system was also presented as probably the most adaptable robotic system for sample preparation on the market. Whether food and feed samples, environmental and biological samples or pharmaceutical samples - with FREESTYLE you can reliably automate countless working steps 24/7 in a wide variety of applications.
National Dioxin-Workshop „ Second Annual Workshop on Advanced Training in Dioxin and PCB analysis“ – Thiruvananthapuram – South India
LCTech is technology leader when it comes to sample clean-up of highly toxic dioxins. During a three-day workshop, 30 experts from all over India discussed about dioxins and related contaminants in environmental, food and feed analysis.
Mainly the aspect of waste incineration was on focus, which has been recognized as the major source for the dioxin-contamination of the environment in India. Over the last year, the country has put a lot of efforts to introduce European and US guidelines to limit dioxin pollution in the future.
The pilot laboratory uses LCTech equipment for reliable sample preparation. The aim of this workshop was to share this best practice with the regional laboratories and to achieve a standardization through the exchange of knowledge in order to use the results from India for an international comparison and to contribute to the important global task of pollution reduction.
As a thank for her lecture and the practical workshop, a souvenir of the conference was given to our sales manager Mrs. Angelika Köpf.
In January, seven users travelled from Indonesia to Obertaufkirchen for an application training.
The customers were from the institute BPPT. The pioneering institute plays a major role in the introduction of new technologies and new environmental protection regulations in Indonesia.
The training included all questions regarding the installation and use of the DEXTech Pure System from LCTech for PCB and dioxin analysis.
The event was financed by the UNIDO as part of the "PCB Free Indonesia" project.
Of course, the Bavarian culture was also included in the program. Thus they visited a traditional Bavarian inn. Above all, the snow and the view of the mountains was a very special highlight for our guests.
LCTech was also introduced to a piece of Indonesian culture. Our CEO Michael Baumann was presented with a gift from their Indonesian homeland.
All years again - but this year LCTech celebrated Christmas unconventionally in its own house. Over a staircase full of candle lights the catering team welcomed the employees with mulled wine and cookies.
The casino has been transformed into a place with Christmas ambience down to the smallest detail. The LCTech team enjoyed the evening and was served with delicious food and drinks.
Also this year, the trainees prepared an amusing entertainment and thus the male colleagues had to sing the song "Last Christmas" together in the choir after a lost riddle game.
As a highlight of the evening, three of our employees were honored for their 10th anniversary at LCTech.
With gratitude and pride, managing director Michael Baumann presented our jubilees, together with Heidi Baumann a gift basket. (Hubert Stanglmayr, Bianca Basener, Michael Baumann, Heidi Baumann und Bernhard Rumpf (left to right))
In October we let our distributors from Switzerland, Italy, Brazil, Croatia, Bulgaria, and Indonesia come together in Obertaufkirchen for a service training.
The focus was on our FREESTYLE robotic system for automated sample clean-up in the laboratory. The participants were intensively familiarized with the fascinating technology of the system and the easy-to-use software. In addition, the distributors learned how to maintain and install the devices themselves.
It is always a great pleasure for us to maintain the close cooperation with distributors on an international basis through trainings just like these and thereby ensure the high technical competence of our distributors.
Our dioxin specialist Thomas Kerkemeier (2nd from left) is "the one in charge" when it comes to quality assurance in analytics. Together with Product Manager Maximilian Baumann, Sales Support Dr. Thomas Fiedler and Development Manager Dr. Uwe Aulwurm (from left to right), he ensures the basis for the perfection of our products for best customer advice and support.
From experts for experts - As experts for automated sample preparation, we take our responsibility very seriously to be an experienced and reliable partner for you.
A milestone in the history of LCTech is presented:
DEXTech 16 – THE sensation in PCB and dioxin analysis: 1 system – 1 sequence – 16 samples, unattended during day, night and even at the weekend. Realized based on many years of experience, knowledge, competence, and above all through outstanding employees who do fantastic work every day. Every department – whether development, design, purchase, warehouse, production, administration, marketing, or sales – is involved in one way or another in the creation and development of a product. But who was involved in this development, and how?
Product manager of the DEXTech devices, Maximilian Baumann, called the entire staff to a "kick-off-meeting" to introduce the system and the employees involved in development and used this opportunity to thank all those involved in the project - for their performance, their passion and their attention to the smallest detail, which made this unique device possible in its entirety.
A presentation with pictures - rummaged out of the depths of the company archive - already provided some laughs at the beginning. Pictures documenting the development of our DEXTech product family: from the first drafts to numerous prototypes up to the finished masterpieces: DEXTech Plus, DEXTech Pure and DEXTech 16.
"We have set a milestone," said Maximilian Baumann in his subsequent speech. In addition to thank-you speeches from the general manager and the head of development, employees from development, production and design also had their say and proudly presented their daily work.
A “Weißwurst” (veal sausage with a white peel) dinner together rounded off the emotional event.
Of course, the focus was on our brand new DEXTech 16 for fully automated PCB and dioxin analysis. Also the field of water analysis wasn`t missed out with the FREESTYLE XANA system for automated clean-up of water samples. Moreover, we introduced the new automated QuEChERS method à la LCTech for standard matrices and difficult dry matrices to our distributors, which will be present to the general public for the first time at analytica 2018.
National Dioxin-Workshop „Advanced Analytical Solutions in Dioxin Analysis“ – Thiruvananthapuram – South India
LCTech is moving at the worlds elite when it comes to sample clean-up of highly toxic dioxins. During a one-day analysis-workshop, 50 experts from all over the India discussed the topic of dioxins and related contaminants in environmental, food and feed samples.
Of particular interest was the aspect of waste incineration, which has been recognised as the major source for the dioxin-contaminated environment of India. The country is currently undergoing a phase of transition concerning its food and environmental legislation. They are increasingly oriented towards European and US-American directives.
Dr. Marc von Essen (LCTech) was on site and gave a presentation about the importance of sample preparation. In the afternoon, he organised a hands-on seminar at the “National Institute for Interdisciplinary Science and Technology, CSIR-NIIST” to introduce the participants our latest technologies for sample clean-up in PCB and dioxin analysis.
During the New Year’s Reception, headmaster OStD Gunter Fuchs presented us with the certificate for cooperation with the Educational Pact. At the education fair, which took place in parallel, we had the opportunity to present our training offer in the occupations of laboratory assistants and industrial clerks.
We are pleased to cooperating with the secondary school Gars!
Besides training positions, we are also looking for new employees in other positions. Curious?
Find out more about open vacancies under LCTech Career. We look forward to receiving your application!
Ho-Ho-Ho! What is Santa Claus doing at LCTech?
Champagne reception by candlelight, great food and trainees who ensured the right mood: Perfect for a cosy end of the year in a relaxed atmosphere.
In the newly constructed ambience of the brewery in Stierberg, the employees of LCTech reviewed the turbulent and successful year 2017. This time our trainees came up with a surprise: With a patchy Christmas story, they awakened the ambition in all of us to take part and puzzle. The resourceful ones got home-baked cookies, delivered by Santa Claus himself - who can resist that?
We would like to thank you very much for the funny Christmas party, wish you a wonderful Christmas season and a happy new year 2018!
Our expert for environmental toxins, Dr. Marc von Essen, went to China in November. He was invited to give talks to Asian specialists for dioxin, PCBs and brominated compounds.
Besides several visits of governmental labs and institutions between Beijing and Shanghai, the trip climaxed in the speaker participation at the DIOXN ANALYSIS ROUND-TABLE SUMMIT in Hangzhou. Hand in hand with Chinese partners, culinarian and cultural aspects were considered as much as possible besides business occasions. Hence, this trip has been a memorable experience.
A tour through the building completed the visit, where the District Administrator and his staff got to know an innovative, internationally oriented company.
GTFCh Workshop - Rostock - Germany
05. - 06.10.2017
Storm “Xavier” caused some trouble for the participants of this year's GTFCh Workshop (Society for Toxicological and Forensic Chemistry), especially on their way home.
At the event, however, LCTech presented a simple solution for the sample preparation of difficult matrices, such as brain and similar matrices: the bidirectional SPE. Due to the special kind of the procedure, cross-contamination can reliably be excluded because the sample does not get into contact with the system at any time.
Directly after the sales training the first service training in our new building took place. Besides several demonstrations, a hands-on course was part of the training, where the participants learned how to unpack, set up and install our systems. Once the job has been done, the trainer and the participants enjoyed a visit and a walk through the beautiful city Erding completed by a delicious dinner.