The record of Michael Wortberg, electrical/electronics developer at DRÄXLMAIER, is impressive. So far, patents have been applied for 25 of his inventions. Seven of them already have been patented. Another 32 applications are still in the review process. In the DRÄXLMAIER Group, the native of Essen, Germany, has found the right environment for his creative ideas.
Why did you decide to work at the DRÄXLMAIER Group?
As an owner-run business, the DRÄXLMAIER Group was interesting to me from the very beginning. Here, I receive the freedom to act in broad range and to implement my ideas. If a person uses his opportunity, then real innovations can come from these ideas.
Innovation is a good term. One of your patents involves the development of the Q-Diode.
Q-Diode stands for "quasi-diode", an electrical relay that functions like a diode and contributes to the stabilization of a wiring harness system. At the moment, it is used in Audi hybrid vehicles. The relay assures that all essential electronic components in the vehicle are continuously supplied with power during the switch from the electrical to conventional engine. The term Q-Diode for this function has even found its way into common use in the technical world.
What does innovation mean for you?
For me, innovative work can be expressed as a balancing act: First, the field of innovation is always speculative because you are taking a look into the future and must ask yourself what trends will determine the next few years. On the other hand, a great deal of basic work is necessary for an innovation. In between, there is a technical solution and an innovative product.