Good utilisation in contract manufacturing

For 2012, the subcontracting department set the goal of establishing itself more broadly across several industry sectors. Footholds in various economic sectors should compensate for fluctuations in individual industries, helping to create a continuously high level of utilisation. With several new customers from different areas, contract manufacturing achieved its set goal. In addition to orders from the initial focus area of construction, contracts are increasingly coming from the agricultural sector, the automotive industry and the industry for goods and scrap handling.

To improve competitiveness on the market, contract manufacturing equipped themselves better this year, with both personnel and machinery. Personnel was expanded with another ten qualified employees. Through the acquisition of new welding equipment and Demmeler tables, it was possible to reduce the welding time, to improve measurement accuracy, and to increase capacity in tacking and welding. The production time for weld preparation was reduced by the new Kuka chamfering robots, which enabled precise weld preparation from a laser-produced flame-cut.

The largest project of the year was with a compact boom for a mobile crane with a length of 21 meters and a weight of approximately 18.5 tons. A variety of ultrasonic-tested seams was necessary for the boom, which placed the highest demands on employees. Furthermore, they produced different harvester components for the agricultural sector, vibratory plates for the construction sector, and base frames for the industrial sector, such as frame racks for machinery. In the automotive sector, contract manufacturing took on orders for the complete production, including mechanical machining and painting, of robot bases. Overall, the contract manufacturing department can draw a positive conclusion.

Although, on a competitive market, it is necessary to yield some orders to the competition, utilisation was good. In view of the entire field of mechanical and plant engineering, contract manufacturing significantly increased internal machine utilisation. Due to enlargement of the customer base, contract manufacturing was able to become more broadly established. The economic situation and resulting price war had an effect on the order books. Through continuous improvement in productivity in the context of the continuous improvement process (CIP (KVP)), and expansion of the customer base, the market opportunities and continued high level of utilisation can be guaranteed.
The largest project of the year was with a compact boom for a mobile crane with a length of 21 meters and a weight of approximately 18.5 tons. A variety of ultrasonic-tested seams was necessary for the boom, which placed the highest demands on employees. Furthermore, they produced different harvester components for the agricultural sector, vibratory plates for the construction sector, and base frames for the industrial sector, such as frame racks for machinery. In the automotive sector, contract manufacturing took on orders for the complete production, including mechanical machining and painting, of robot bases.  Overall, the contract manufacturing department can draw a positive conclusion.

In view of the entire field of mechanical and plant engineering, contract manufacturing significantly increased internal machine utilisation. Due to enlargement of the customer base, contract manufacturing was able to become more broadly established. The economic situation and resulting price war had an effect on the order books. Through continuous improvement in productivity in the context of the continuous improvement process (CIP (KVP)), and expansion of the customer base, the market opportunities and continued high level of utilisation can be guaranteed.


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