Whether video conferencing, online banking or electronic tax returns: digital change is radically changing the way we live and work. The extraordinary possibilities offered by new technologies are shown in the LfA Magazine on the subject of digitalisation. As part of the magazine production, editorial director Stefan Ruzas and the Munich photographer Conny Mirbach visited the company Main-Automation in Großostheim.

In the halls of Main-Automation, industrial robots from manufacturers such as Kuka or ABB are prepared for their use.

For Thomas Strys and Uwe Hörst, the owners and managing directors of Main-Automation, a company founded in 2009, one thing is certain: without the progress of digitization, it would not be possible to serve major customers such as VW, Procter & Gamble or thyssenkrupp with just around 30 employees. A small excerpt from the company portrait:

It took a while until the production halls at Nordring 12 in the industrial park of the Lower Franconian municipality of Großostheim really had a future. In the past, parts for the Transrapid were produced in these walls, this magnetic train that had long since been forgotten. The last large photo studio of the Quelle mail order company was also here. Back then, when the decorative backdrops for the catalogue pages were still being pushed around by powerful cranes. But that was all long ago. Today, the offices are pleasantly air-conditioned, and industrial robots from manufacturers such as Kuka or ABB are prepared for use in the halls. For the production plants of VW, Procter & Gamble, thyssenkrupp or Borbet, one of the major manufacturers of light alloy wheels.

  • Male hand points to computer screen with technical illustrations
  • Man stands between industrial robots and explains their function
  • Control panel with several green and red buttons and yellow labels
  • Machine part for an industrial robot lies on a Euro pallet
  • Two industrial robots with several cables are in the production hall of Main-Automatik
  • Thomas Strys and Uwe Hörst, the founders of Main-Automation, standing in industrial hall
  • Orange-coloured industrial robot in production hall of Main-Automation

"We're not taking people's jobs."

Thomas Strys

So since 2010, this has been the headquarters of Main-Automation, a company that brings together robotics and industry. With 30 employees, mind you. And right from the start, the customers have been the really big companies and names. The owners and managing directors of this company, which was only founded in 2009, are Thomas Strys and Uwe Hörst. Both are 53 years old, both have been involved in the automation of production plants since the 1990s and still have a lot of fun with robot technology. And both complement each other ideally. One takes care more of the technical and software aspects, the other of the sales and commercial aspects.

  • General view of a warehouse of the robotics company Main-Automation from the inside
    One of the production halls at Nordring 12 in the industrial park of the Lower Franconian municipality of Großostheim.

You can read the company portrait of Main-Automation in full length in the LfA magazine Autumn/Winter 2018. The German Version of the main contents of the issue are also available online at lfa.de/magazin.


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