Production Time Cut in Half: Kurtz-Ersa Launches Flow Assembly Line Based on Strothmann RoundTracks

Kurtz-Ersa, Europe's foremost manufacturer of solder equipment, has switched from box assembly to flow assembly. This conversion enables them to process the rising number of orders without having to extend the shop floor. The machines which weigh several tons are transported through the assembly stations by means of RoundTrack technology from STROTHMANN Machines & Handling. The hardened rails are embedded in aluminum holding profiles in the hall floor. They pose no barrier when walking or pushing a rolling shelf across. The round rails and the special wheel shape combine for minimal rolling resistance, enabling heavy loads to be transported with little energy and high positioning precision. Having transferred to flow production, Kurtz-Ersa has reduced the average period for completing a machine by half. As a further advantage, cyclical production organization with defined assembly steps enables them to exactly specify completion dates.

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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