Stefan Wasner from ZF Staňkov is a new member of the Board of Directors of TIP

At the January general meeting of the Technological Initiative Pilsen, z.s.p.o., which took place at Safran Cabin CZ s.r.o. in Pilsen, Stefan Wasner, who is the managing director of ZF Staňkov s.r.o., was unanimously elected a member of the board of directors.

We wish Stefan Wasner every success in his tenure on the TIP board.

Stefan Wasner photo

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TIP welcomes new member companies

At the beginning of the year, the number of new TIP member companies grew. At the general meeting of Technological Initiative Pilsen, the following companies were accepted as full members of the association:

Safran Cabin CZ s.r.o.

  • SAFRANSafran Cabin is part of a global hi-tech group operating in the aerospace, defence and space industries. Safran Cabin manufactures in Pilsen kitchen modules for Airbus aircrafts and currently employs 1,000 people.  s.r.o.

  • Developers of high-end industrial electronics. Design and development of customized hardware or entire computers. Testing & Verification. Prototyping. Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing.

PEARTEC s.r.o.

  • PeartecPEARTEC s.r.o., is a development and engineering company providing its products and services to the automotive and engineering industries.


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DBR workshop – open course

Date: November 24-25/2022

Price and registration:


TOC production planning and control

How to plan and manage production correctly? For most manufacturing companies, this is still an open topic that occupies many people for most of the working day – various production and other operational meetings address essentially the same thing – the answer to the question “What should we do first?”. The experience of many people in manufacturing, except perhaps on the assembly lines of automotive plants and their small circle of “Tier 1” suppliers, is still the same – changing priorities daily, always missing something somewhere, adding machine breakdowns and poor quality materials or processes and technology. To untangle this, we need to answer the basic question: “What is the goal of production?”.

The objective of production must surely be in line with the objective of the company, which is to ‘make money’. How can production contribute to making money? Simply by meeting customer requirements on time and in the best possible manner without incurring any significant additional costs. In other words, production must be:

Reliable there is nothing worse for a company’s reputation and the future flow of orders from existing and new customers than promising a delivery date and then not delivering on it

Fast and therefore flexible. It is difficult to imagine that it would be possible to respond quickly to customer demands if the lead time is significantly longer than the customer’s tolerance time (= how long the customer can wait for their product)

Efficient rule of thumb says that all errors (even in production) end up in inventory (material, work in progress, mismatched production, semi-finished products, finished products). Remedy errors cost either additional costs (reworking the product, repeating operations, often related to the consumption of additional capacity – overtime, cooperation, additional shifts), or loss of throughput and capacity (repairing or reworking one product is always at the expense of another product)

Learn about the S-DBR method, an application of the Theory of Constraints to production control that eliminates or significantly reduces all of the above problems, and many more. Even very well-controlled automotive manufacturing environments can be further improved using the method. TOC and S-DBR are among the pillars of the LEAN* approach, alongside traditional TPS and the KANBAN method. Compared to traditional methods, S-DBR can be implemented much faster in a company and achieve better results in less time.

Date: November 24-25/2022

Price and registration:

DBR workshop


Day 1

  • Start: 9:00

Part One – The Problem
Why is production management complex?
Introduction to the manufacturing simulator

  • Coffe break: 10.30 – 11.00

Part one – the problem
Production Simulation 1 – “A fairy tale world – no coincidences”
Production Simulation 2 – “The Efficiency Syndrome”

  • Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30

Part One – Problem
The enterprise as a chain – the world of cost and the world of flow
Production simulation 3 – “The impact of production batches”

Part One – Solution

Basic contradiction in the world of production

  • Cofee break: 15.30 – 16.00

Part two – solutions
5 steps of the Theory of Constraints
The 5 Steps of TOC in Manufacturing – The DBR (Drum-Buffer-Rope) Method

  • End: 17:00

Day 2

  • Start: 9:00 a.m.

Part 2 – Solutions (continued)
Modelling different types of production – VAT analysis
Part 2 – Solutions (continued)
Simulation of production 4 – Type A enterprise with the help of DBR

  • Coffe break: 10.30 – 11.00

Part Two – Solution (continued)
Buffer Management – a tool for operational management
Production Management

  • Lunch: 12.30 – 13.30

Part two – solutions (continued)
Simulating Production 5 – Type A Enterprise with DBR and VBM
Production simulation 6 – Type V enterprise with DBR and VBM

  • Cofee break: 15.30 – 16.00

Production simulation 7 – T-type enterprise with DBR and VBM

  • End of course: 17:00


Date: November 24-25/2022

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25 years of Eurosoftware in Pilsen!

GK and Eurosoftware have been forming a global powerhouse for retailinnovation. 25 years ago, they set out on our journey to deliver great software technology for retailers. We at TIP are very proud and pleased to have Eurosoftware as a member and the founder Stephan Kronmüller as our chairperson for such a long time, and are looking forward to many more years.

Thank you for your amazing conference and inspiring speakers and of course special thank you Eurosoftware for the closing presentation of a tech-influencer Petr Mara thanks to whom technological future has now no chance to surprise us. The annual conference “Eurosoftware – 25 years in Pilsen” was simply a ride full of information from start to finish and the end could not have been better.

Congratulations on EuroSoftware’s 25th anniversary, and here’s to another 25 great years.

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Invitation to the expert conference

When: 30.09.2022, 11:00 – 17:00,
Where: Moving Station in Pilsen

Dear TIP members and friends,

Eurosoftware is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, and on behalf of Mr. Stephan Kronmüller, its executive director, I would like to invite you to celebrate this important event with us.

On Friday 30.9. we invite you to the expert conference, which will be opened by presenter and traveler Lucie Výborná at 11:00 a.m. in the premises of the Moving Station in Pilsen.

In the first part, the speakers will look at new perspectives of shopping, modern technologies such as the cloud or artificial intelligence and the store of the future will be introduced, that works even without staff. During the entire conference, you will also be able to try modern retail systems developed by Eurosoftware.

In the second part, we will focus on the future of our region, its development strategies, introduction of modern technologies, support for technical education and strategies for keeping young people in the region. You will be able to discuss, for example, with Doc. PaedDr. Ilona Mauritzová, Ph.D., Ing. Luděk Šantora, Doc. Ing. Roman Mouček, Ing. Filip Uhlík and many other inspiring speakers.

Last but not least, you can look forward to a visit from the technological expertPetr Mára.

On the spot, you will be able to meet representatives of the city of Pilsen and the Pilsen region, representatives of important Pilsen companies and institutions, and other interesting personalities.

  • Attached you will find the whole conference program.
  • CZ-DE-GB language interpreters will be available throughout the day.
  • Refreshments for the whole day is arranged.

Please send confirmation of your participation no later than 23.9. to e-mail

We look forward to your participation and the opportunity to celebrate this important event together!

Program of the conference

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Company visit + regular informal meeting May 11, 2022

Registration Form

Newly refurbished premises, latest labs, work-life balance facilities for employees, public access zone for visitors, and much more. May 11 will bring a long-awaited visit to an interesting technological company in Pilsen.

The s.r.o. company is the successor of KONTRON ECT design s.r.o. Kontron Plzeň operated from 2000 to 2021 as a development center for the parent company Kontron Elektronik GmbH. The spin-off took place in the form of an MBO (Management Buy-Out), thus the company became the property of the current management. The impetus for the MBO was the cost-saving restructuring measures triggered by the chip crisis in 2021. During the restructuring, Kontron Pilsen’s staff was reduced from the former 40+ to the current 30+ employees. Compteq continues to work closely with the former parent company and other members of the Kontron / S&T group both in development and sales representation in the Czech and Slovak markets.

Kontron Plzeň has developed over the years from an originally supportive development center to a stand-alone development entity with a wide range of services from hardware development, software (BIOS, UEFI, FPGA, firmware), mechanical parts design, system integration, verification & validation to purchasing, manufacturing engineering and field application engineering. The main focus has been and continues to be the development of embedded COM Express modules and the development of embedded computer BoxPC and HMI systems, especially for the industrial and medical sectors. In 2021, also thanks to government support, they were able to expand the available technologies with their own state-of-the-art EMC laboratory, machinery for mechanical prototyping (laser cutting, CNC and NC machining, sheet metal bending), and a powerful industrial laser for FAI (First Article Inspection) of complex mechanical parts.

The premises are also a design and marketing masterpiece with an interesting rooftop terrace which might inspire many in a future redesign of their premises.

The company visit will be concluded with our regular informal meeting in the private club Pšenice (Anglické nábřeží) and some delicious sausages, meat, weissbier, whiskey, and rum from the owner’s collection.

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Global megatrends as an opportunity for the Pilsen Region

We would like to inform you about the upcoming conference entitled Global Megatrends as an Opportunity for the Pilsen Region.
When: 7 June 2022; 9:00 – 15:00
Where: Pilsen; Vienna House Easy
The conference is organised by the public administration and companies have the opportunity to see and influence what the public administration is planning and preparing in the region. The topic of global megatrends is a good opportunity for discussion between business and public administration.
More information about the event and the program (in Czech) you can find HERE.
More information about the event, the program and the registration form (in German) you can find below:
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Online Webinar: Digitalization in manufacturing: From strategy to implementation

Dear TIP Members,

we invite you to attend the Online Webinar: Digitalization in manufacturing; From strategy to implementation, which TIP prepared together with Adastra and Blinspot Solution

The webinar takes place

on 7th of April 2022 at 16:00
Duration: 60 minutes

via MS Teams

Discover how to practically grasp manufacturing and logistics challenges and digitalization as a holistic strategy, from the first thought to successful implementation.

We will cover topics such as:

  • artificial intelligence in capacity planning,
  • anomaly detection,
  • optimization,
  • or utilization of big data, and IoT.

Our consulting and AI experts will share :

  • our top manufacturing case studies,
  • tech trends,
  • and steps of successful implementation – from thinking about processes to specific requirements of technology implementation.

Our goal is to show that digitalization with the right partner and right technologies can be incorporated into processes in a few weeks or months.

This free webinar will occur on Microsoft Teams. To attend, please, register in the form below (LINK). The capacity of the event is limited.



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Exploring Startup Environment in Pilsen

TIP members visited the premises of SIT Port, Centre of Robotics and SIT Garage and SIT Drones.

After a guided tour around these facilities located in Cukrovarská 20 by the SIT Port Director Tomáš Cholínský we were introduced to two amazing startup projects: NEXTDROP and SED – Sound Event Detector

NextDrop deals with the ever-so-current issues concerning the lack of fresh drinking water we are already facing in some regions of our planet.  Nextdrop offers solutions for sustainable water management based on leaks detection, predictive maintenance, advance schedulers and edge computing.

SED saves lives, time, and energy using smart yet very simple and energy-efficient solutions to detect and immediately report suspicious sound events.

It was great to meet in person and get inspired after so many online sessions and workshops. Other chances to meet in person will be every second Wednesday each month for an evening informal TIP members and friends meeting and on April 28 when our next interesting technological company visit is planned.

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WORKSHOP Modern methods of project and resource management

Where: Hotel Panorama, V Lomech 11, Plzeň 1, Plzeň, CZ, 32300

When: 17 March 2022, 08:00 to 17:00 and 31 March 2022, 08:00 to 17:00

Event-Link: HERE

TIP Plzeň in cooperation with Goldratt CZ has prepared a workshop Modern methods of project and resource management in multi-project and multi-resource environment. The workshop is a two-day event and will take place on 17 and 31 March at the Panorama Hotel in Plzeň. You can either choose to attend only the basic workshop on managing single projects (17.3.2022) or you can also sign up for the second workshop on multi-project management (31.3.2022).

At the workshop you will learn about the most effective method of project planning and management today, which is used worldwide especially in multi-project and multi-resource management, where it brings very dramatic improvements in results. Increasing on-time completion reliability above 95% while reducing project duration or increasing project capacity by 30-50% are just some of the benefits.

Workshop Program:

The first day (17.3.2022) is dedicated to the planning of stand-alone projects and the second day (31.3.2022) is mainly dedicated to the differences in the practical application of the Critical Chain in a multi-project environment.

A brief overview of the topics discussed:

Why are most projects late or not meeting all requirements or over budget? Causes and solutions.
Determining the length of each project activity.
Defining the Critical Project Chain, calculating and inserting time buffers.
Practical management of project execution using time buffer consumption (Buffer Management).
Basic organizational conflict in multiple concurrently running projects and its resolution.
Scheduling of overloaded resources.
The concept of synchronization resource.
Management of programs or portfolio of projects.
Software tools for project management using the Critical Chain method and their use.
Registration and detailed information about the workshop can be found HERE

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