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Shima Seiki
Shima Seiki

8th December 2016, Obertshausen

Karl Mayer glides into the future

Still done manually but will soon be automated – the Head of the Business Unit, Herbert Lohr (on the right), the Head of Machine Dispatch, Burkhard Reith (front left) and Dominik Marton, an assistant in assembly and logistics, push the first machine on the new assembly line to the next workstation. © Karl MayerThe new assembly hall at Karl Mayer’s site in Obertshausen is now operational. On 1 November 2016, the first machine bed arrived at Karl Mayer’s new assembly hall. This was right on schedule – to the great delight of everyone involved.

“We have installed a state-of-the-art assembly line here with optimum cycle times – from delivery of the parts and modules to dispatch,” explained Herbert Lohr, who was pleased that the assembly operations could now begin.

According to the Head of Karl Mayer’s Warp Knitting Business Unit, ‘optimum’ means maximum efficiency for the best quality, and is a guarantee of future success. “With the next generation of assembly operations, we are strengthening the competitiveness of the entire Karl Mayer Group,” says Herbert Lohr with great certainty.

According to the German company, the short processing cycles in particular ensure that the assembly processes run optimally and that the materials flow operates rationally. For example, the component groups are delivered according to the fishbone principle, and consequently to the assembly stations next to the main flow of the process.

This results in short transport paths, and a high degree of flexibility and coordination. The individual workstations in turn are located next to a continuous rail system, on which the machine is assembled step-by-step to form the final product, without any diversions.

The hall was set up on the basis of state-of the-art assembly logistics at Karl Mayer’s headquarters in Obertshausen. The building covers an area of 13,500 m2 and the assembly capacity is 2,500 machines per annum.


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