Production Flow on RoundTracks: STROTHMANN Implement Assembly Line for Haas Grinding Machines

Introducing one-piece flow assembly, Haas Schleifmaschinen from Trossingen, Germany, have improved the quality of their production planning and cut down throughput time. The new assembly line consists of nine stations. Every three days, the assemblies are moved one station ahead. Therefore, customers can be given the precise acceptance date seven weeks before the start of final assembly. RoundTrack technology from STROTHMANN Machines Handling enables ergonomic, resource-friendly transport of the machines. The intra-logistics system is very plain and unobtrusive. Three rails were installed in the shop floor and backfilled with screed. The polished RoundTracks pose no obstacle when walking across. The grinding centers weighing several tons are placed on two compact carts. Due to the system's minimal running resistance, even fully loaded carts can be moved by hand. The one-time investment in floor rails and multi-purpose carts enabled Haas to realize a long-life intra-logistics solution that creates no extra operating costs.

Company Background

Based in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany, STROTHMANN Machines Handling GmbH provides automation solutions for mechanical engineering, automotive industry, aircraft assembly, wind energy industry, and other sectors. With a service range that includes the branches PressRoomAutomation, IndustrialAutomation, and ProductionLogistics, STROTHMANN develops and integrates entire new press lines and assembly lines as well as modernization projects in order to optimize production processes throughout the value added chain. Founded in 1976, the company offers a comprehensive program of handling technologies with a special focus on linear robots. STROTHMANN's RoundTrack© technology, a rail system suitable for the shop floor, enables ideal logistics solutions particularly in heavy load applications. STROTHMANN belongs to the Siempelkamp Group and has sales partners on three continents, sales and service offices in North and South America, and a subsidiary in China.



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