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01/08/2016 - RELOCATION AND MODERNISATION OF A BLANKING LINE

In a marketplace that is as competitive as the car manufacturing industry, companies engaging in this sector occasionally are forced to reorganise their productive means in order to adapt in the best possible manner due to the demands of a global market under constant evolution.

This project in question was to move the sheet metal blanking line of a major OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) in the automotive industry, from its facility in Belgium to its factory in Spain. This blanking line is used to automatically produce metal sheet blanks (preforms) that will be later used to feed the tandem press lines for the production of car body parts. Most of these parts make up what is known as the “skin” of the vehicle, in other words, the parts of the external body, whose quality and surface finish must be exceptional.

Given the limited available space at the facility of destination and in order to organise this space, due to the rate of assembly, it was essential to place the shipments in temporary storage. In order to preserve the integrity of the machinery, the storage had to be under cover.

The main challenge facing us on this project, apart from the control of various technologies and processes within the same installation, only being available to companies that integrate all of these products within its range, was the deadline for the delivery. This meant having to strictly following the most important milestones of the previously agreed schedule with the client. The most complex task during the dismantling was having to share the work space and resources with the facility during
full production. Furthermore, the coordination of the disassembly and special load packing dates with the shipping dates proved to be an issue.

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