Some 24,000 people work for TÜV SÜD in Asia and Europe, in Africa, on both American continents and in Australia. Day in day out, they use their best efforts to make life around the world safer.
This aspiration has a long tradition. When the predecessor organization of today’s TÜV SÜD Group was founded back in 1866, the founders at that time came up with a claim which still drives the company today: protecting people, the environment, and property from technology-related risks.
In a complex world full of risks, employees from TÜV SÜD are on hand in almost all areas of life, offering their services as reliable and objective experts. They inspect everything from cars to highly complex industrial plants, they test foodstuffs, clothing and toys, as well as computer servers and they scrutinize new, energy-saving technologies. They always take a very careful look – be it through a microscope or in a huge steel tank.
The people at TÜV SÜD!
In an industrial kitchen cleanliness, hygiene and the proper handling of foodstuffs are essential. In his audits on location, Marco Berruti from TÜV SÜD does not miss a single detail. He certifies catering companies, restaurant chains and food manufacturers in accordance with the international standards IFS and BRC, and he also keeps tabs on more than 35 auditors who are deployed by TÜV SÜD in this field around the world. After all, it is not only possible to taste top quality, it can be seen, felt and smelt as well!
LEDs are considered to be the lighting of the future. After all, the energy-saving, hightech lamps use up to 80 percent less electricity than conventional lamps. In a special laboratory of TÜV SÜD near Atlanta in the USA, Bryan Cubitt uses a goniophotometer to measure the light current that is generated by an LED street light.
The man from TÜV SÜD tests modern light bulbs and tubes for brightness, lifespan, light color and energy efficiency – thus making sure that the new sustainable technologies stay switched on at all times.
There are usually up to 65,000 liters of beer maturing here: When Burkhard Hammel climbs into the storage tanks of a large Munichbased brewery every five years the smell of hops and malt still linger in the air. The expert for steam and pressure technology inspects the huge aluminum containers for damage and deformations, and when he is finished, decides whether the tanks can continue to be safely used. A cool beer is the reward when the day’s work is done.
In the early 1990s, an ejection seat is tested for its electromagnetic compatibility. It is essential that the numerous electronic components incorporated in the cockpit of an airplane do not interfere with one another. Back then and now, TÜV SÜD inspects hightech products from smartphones through to entire ambulances in its laboratories and prevents manufacturers from getting into trouble with their new developments.
Employees of the laboratory for material and welding technology hunt for clues under the microscope: The TÜV SÜD experts examine a splinter from a conveyor chain for material defects. Their goal is to understand why the material did not stand up to the strain of operations in a power station. Was the metal to blame? Was the material processed wrongly? Or was it a maintenance issue? At the end of the analysis, they make a recommendation so that damage like this does not happen again.
Ichsan Septiawan analyzes the natural gas consumption of a manufacturer of aromas for the foodstuff industry in Jakarta. In a project spanning several years, the employee from TÜV SÜD in Indonesia has examined more than 75 companies and, in collaboration with the firms involved, come up with ways of saving energy. To great effect: thanks to new lighting concepts and efficient natural gas burners up to 40 percent energy has been saved – a real boon for the wallet and for the environment.
When a car is involved in a crash, the damage to the vehicle can be massive. Exactly how serious the damage is, that is what people like Matthias Eder find out. The loss adjuster analyzes the dents, crushed wings or completely deformed vehicles and gives car owners an objective overview of exactly what has to be repaired and how high the costs are likely to be. And because Eder is 100 percent unbiased and neutral, the customer can be sure that the resulting damage will be settled in full by the opposing insurance company.
Oil and gas pipelines are the lifelines of the modern world. For more than 50 years TÜV SÜD has been overseeing the construction and operation of such pipelines. In that time it has also developed new repair techniques, for instance, using smart “pigs” to inspect inside the pipes. The stress test in which the material is pushed to its limits was developed by TÜV SÜD – keeping things flowing smoothly in the future, too!
Scraps of blue material are floating in a solution which Iqbal Hossain is studying in a test tube. The test engineer at the TÜV SÜD laboratory in Dhaka in Bangladesh is testing softlines (textiles and shoes) for possible pesticide or heavy metal residues. TÜV SÜD operates laboratories like this in five states – and makes sure that our clothes are not only fashionable, but also non-detrimental to our health.
Throwing a critical look into the server room is routine for Alexander Häußler: The TÜV SÜD auditor supports firms that want to make their IT infrastructure safer by introducing international standard ISO/IEC 27001. The standard helps companies to build up an information security management system, thus laying the foundation stone for greater security for the software and hardware deployed there.
A paddling trip on the Inner Alster Lake in Hamburg is a special treat for Matthias Nee and Levke Koch. The two product testers are specialists in the testing of leisure/sport equipment, regularly inspecting charcoal grills, garden furniture or rubber dinghies and analyzing the durability and stability of tents. And all that in accordance with objective criteria and mostly in special laboratories. That said, they naturally prefer to put the functionality of the stand-up paddle boards to the test at first hand.