The equipment company Sennebogen has opened a training academy and museum at its headquarters in Straubing, Germany. The Sennebogen Academy and the Erich Sennebogen Museum were both opened in May 2014 and feature a pyramid-shaped museum structure and glass dome.
The Sennebogen Academy, featuring three training halls and an outdoor demonstration site, is designed to benefit the company’s dealers and customers.
Meanwhile, the company’s pyramid-shaped, 700-square-meter (7,500 -square-foot) museum commemorates the history of the family-run company.
“With the opening of our Sennebogen Academy we are investing in the future,” says CEO Erich Sennebogen. “Instruction and training are the supporting pillars of every enterprise. We are building on well-trained employees and dealers, and we are also offering our customers the perfect environment to even better experience our machines.
“At the same time the Erich Sennebogen Museum looks back to the roots of the family-run enterprise,” Sennebogen continues. The company says the facility offers a mix of history and state-of-the-art technology.
Based on the initial drafts of company founder, Erich Sennebogen, the museum’s design results from the circular grouping of the historical machines with erected booms. The steep roof construction offers space for the machines with their booms extended full length, the company says.
The museum offers insights into the more than 60-year company history, with its display of eight machines as well as original contemporary documents and exhibits. In addition, the reception area offers a venue for up to 300 guests.
The company says its Sennebogen Academy GmbH & Co. KG houses a modern machine training center, including demonstration site, in addition to the training and conference rooms. The facility offers instruction, training and continuing education courses for sales partners and service technicians.
According to Sennebogen, the Academy’s three large training halls allow for the recreation and practice of various situations. An adjacent demonstration site offers machine testing opportunities in a wide variety of applications under real-world conditions, Sennebogen says. The site includes a harbor facility with a bulk goods hopper and an 8-meter (26-foot) height differential, as well as a cross-country course. A variety of material handling machines and their attachments can be tested on the firm’s scrap yard with about 150 metric tons of steel scrap.
Sennebogen says the facility was designed to incorporate sustainable materials and construction techniques, with a timber-frame construction and renewable power sources.
Over the past six decades, the company says it has worked to build and strengthen its business in many sectors of the crane and machine construction industry.