Girls’Day at DFT: 15 girls learn more about DFT and intralogistics

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This year, 15 interested girls were once again able to discover the world of handling technology at DFT

Bielefeld, April 30, 2024 – On this year’s Girls’Day 2024, DFT opened its doors to 15 interested girls who spent an exciting day in the world of intralogistics. The aim of the day of action at DFT (Dürkopp Fördertechnik) was to support girls in their professional orientation and to show them their opportunities in more technical professions or industries. In this way, the company also wants to counteract the permanent shortage of skilled workers.

DFT is actively supporting the development of young talent and is very happy about the girls’ interest in intralogistics. The feedback from the participants shows that Girls’ Day was a complete success. We are proud that we were able to open up a path to technical interest through the open insights and hands-on activities. Perhaps a day like this will enable some of the participants to find their way into our industry in the future.

“We are very aware of our responsibility to provide good training and further education for the younger generations. Taking part in the annual Girls’ Day is just one way in which we can help to counteract the current shortage of skilled workers, which is set to increase in the future. It was great, that all 15 girls took part in our program again this year and that the feedback was so positive,” explains Dirk Bockelmann (Managing Director Sales and Marketing).

Different professions under one roof
At various stations in the company, they were given an insight into the day-to-day work of industrial mechanics, electronics technicians, installers or the sale team. The program for the three groups consisted of five different areas:

  • Production
  • Mechanical assembly
  • Electrical assembly
  • Simulation game about processes in intralogistics
  • Historical DFT bus tour through Bielefeld

After visiting the production processes, the girls could try out assembling mechanical components and wire a electrical circuit with a self-holding contactor to light up a lamp.

In the simulation game, they were able to play the role of employees of the fictitious company “Brick-Fashion” – an online retailer in the fashion sector. In a simulated warehouse, they were able to optimize the processes from incoming goods to picking and outgoing goods with the help of a pocket sorter from DFT. Afterwards, they could see the real dimensions of a real warehouse and the advantages of pocket sorter implementation in a Video.

In our production they started by following the production steps of their own wardrobe in the Bielefeld-DFT design. They followed the process from the laser machine to bending and producing the matching hooks. In the end, they were able to assemble all the individual parts of their finished wardrobe themselves.

After that, our team took the 15 participants on a short journey through the history of DFT in Bielefeld. They drove in the old-timer bus line 43 to the former locations of the Dürkopp-Werke and learned more historical facts about the company.

Beatrice Richert
Teamleitung Marketing & Kommunikation
T: +49 521 925 1852
M: +49 152 04260 293

About DFT (Dürkopp Fördertechnik GmbH)
DFT – Dürkopp Fördertechnik operates worldwide as a solution provider in the construction of automated conveying and sorting systems for intralogistics. The Bielefeld-based company with currently around 450 employees first became known in 1954 as a department of the Bielefeld Dürkoppwerke. After being founded as a separate GmbH in 1995, DFT was taken over by the KNAPP group in 2010, where it complements the product portfolio with a focus on overhead conveyor technology and specializes in the fashion industry. In 2019, the AutoPocket, a hanging transport bag with an automatic opening function, was introduced to the market as an innovation. DFT works with a focus on holistic solutions and services for its customers in the fashion, retail, pharmaceutical and electronics industries.