"Girls‘ Day“ at VIPA Controls

Programmable logic controllers (PLCs), developed and manufactured by VIPA Controls in Herzogenaurach, ensure smooth processes in factories and industrial production plants. At this year’s “Girls Day“, schoolgirls had the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the automation world and to become active themselves.

On 27th April, the gates of all YASKAWA Group locations in Germany were thrown open once again. Including the gate of VIPA Controls in Herzogenaurach. 15 schoolgirls aged between 10 and 15 were given an insight into the training occupations “electronics technician for devices and systems” and “IT specialist for system integration”.

The main activities took place in the Production department. The practical tasks of “soldering” and “assembly” gave the girls the chance to discover abilities that they did not know they had. The Development, Support, Warehouse and IT departments were also visited. The girls not only got to know the company and the training occupations, but also learned what a programmable logic controller (PLC) is, how it is developed and produced, and what it is used for.

In addition, they got an insight into the Japanese school system, because we are part of the Japanese company YASKAWA. Our colleague from Japan, Mr. Ikuya Honda, was pleased to show the girls something from his home country.

 “We are pleased that we were able to arouse the interest of the girls for our company again and to inspire them by this event for our automation world”, Susanne Küfner, responsible person for the “Girls‘ Day” at VIPA Controls, said after the successful event. “And maybe we can welcome some of the girls as an intern again in a few years”.

"Girls’ Day" is a nationwide orientation day for girls from 5th Grade onwards to find out about occupations in the field of science and technology and to test their abilities. The objective is to increase the number of women working in fields that are dominated by men.

More about the "Girls’ Day" under www.girls-day.de.

We documented the "Girls‘ Day" not only with photos but also with our video camera this year: Girl's Day Video