BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik in Kapfenberg is optimizing its entire material flow and setting up a second large hammer. The result will be faster throughput times and increased capacity.
The main goals of centralizing the final production phase in Kapfenberg are to improve throughput times, increase capacity and modernize a number of systems. Currently, there is still a separate final production phase – testing, final inspection, processing, labeling, packaging and delivery – in the hammer forge and in press production. In the past years, throughput times have been reduced by 30%. Now BÖHLER Schmiedetechnik is aiming to reduce these times by another 20%. The changeover is scheduled to be complete by the middle of the 2014/15 business year.
In addition to moving the final production phase out of the hammer forge, a second large hammer will be set up. The current counterblow hammer, which is used to produce parts for the aviation sector and to preform parts for the screw press, has reached the limits of its capacity. Presently, four shifts are working around the clock. However, setting up a new hammer means completely redesigning the entire production hall. The layout will be fully revised, workplaces will be modernized and the material flow will be restructured. The first step is to replace the roof of the hall. Dust and noise from the hammer blows have been escaping through holes in the old roof. This does not meet the current state of the art. The new roof will be soundproof and a state-of-the-art exhaust air system will filter and remove the dust. This will significantly reduce both sound and dust emissions. The new hammer is scheduled to forge its first part in March 2015.